With recent press coverage focusing on millennials in the workplace and their inability to cope with the pressures of work, it’s more important than ever for employers to be aware of their legal obligations and how to manage this growing problem. In this short blog we look at the steps that can be taken by [...]
The Good Work Plan – A much needed boost for workers’ rights or just another cost for small businesses?
The government published The Good Work Plan on 17 December 2018, setting out what it described as "the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years". The plan, which builds on the government response to the Taylor Review recommendations, outlines a plan to legislate to improve working conditions for those working in the 'gig' economy. The vast [...]
Following the shocking revelations regarding widespread sexual harassment across the entertainment and film industry in 2017 and the continuing exposure of similar cases by the #MeToo campaign, the Women and Equalities Commission has produced a report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Employers should be alert to the changes which may come into force following [...]
Supreme Court judgement confirms self-employed plumber is a "worker". This decision could have far-reaching implications for many modern businesses, which include a structure based on a collection of self-employed sub-contractors. The emergence of the gig economy and the many opportunities for flexible and casual working arrangements has further muddied the waters on employment status. An individual’s [...]
There is still plenty of time to be ready for the GDPR. Here are 10 practical steps to take now... Step 1 - Raise awareness and get buy-in from the top. Planning takes time and money. You need buy-in from the top, so you have the necessary resources to be on track for the new [...]
EMPLOYER ALERT! The law is changing...is your business GDPR compliant? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. It is complex legislation to which every employer must not only comply but also show how that compliance is achieved. Employers need to be aware of the new regulations coming into force [...]
Mental health issues are the major cause of all staff absence yet still people often feel unsupported and stigmatized when they return to work after an extended period of absence due to anxiety or depression. Employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Although the symptoms are [...]
Employment Tribunal fees ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court in the long-running case brought by the Trade Union, UNISON. The General Secretary for UNISON, Dave Prentis said: "This is absolutely a tremendous victory, it's probably the biggest victory of employment rights in this country." UNISON argued that tribunal fees prevented workers getting access to justice as they were unaffordable. [...]
Theresa May is proposing the “greatest expansion of workers’ rights by any Conservative government”. What are the implications for SME employers?
I am writing this blog based on an assumption that the Tories are going to win the General Election. This is not an indication of my politics, although I do think if Jeremy Corbyn were to be our next Prime Minister, UK employment law might suddenly become a lot more volatile. If Jeremy does win, [...]
More and more individuals are now looking for greater flexibility in the way that they work which in turn has led to the emergence of what is known as the “gig economy". This is based on a new model of working where individuals are engaged by businesses on a flexible, ad hoc basis. This new [...]