Employment Law


5 employment law changes to expect in 2019

Increase in the National Minimum Wage Having been announced as part of the 2018 Budget, both the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase on 1st April 2019. The minimum hourly rates will increase as follows (grouped by age category): 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) […]

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The office Christmas party – beware the employment law pitfalls!

It’s that time of year again! Companies are gearing up for the annual office Christmas party. This is traditionally a time when employees are at their most relaxed; especially if there is a little alcohol involved. However, amongst all the merriment, potentially difficult issues can arise for employers. 1.Employers can be held liable for discrimination occurring outside the workplace. It is important that all employees […]


What the Large Print Giveth, the Small Print Taketh Away

Starting and running a business can be very exciting and challenging. Being an entrepreneur and your own boss is seen by many as an attractive goal. It can also be extremely rewarding. However, there is another, much more mundane, if not downright boring, analysis of starting and running a business. That is to see the process for what it is, a series of legal contracts. […]


The dangers of mixing work and social media

In today’s world, social media exists as a focal point of communication and is the most popular method of sharing information. It’s not uncommon for us to share our personal thoughts and photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram; but what happens when we share details of work online or express a particularly strong opinion on social media at the workplace? Businesses look to social media […]


When is it too hot to work? – your rights

As temperatures across England and Wales soar this week, so do many workers levels of discomfort. But can you get a day off work? Many employees believe there is a maximum workplace temperature set by the law which, once reached in the summer, means they’re entitled to be sent home from work. Unfortunately this is not the case – yet. The Trades Union Congress wants […]


The Taylor Review – Government Response

This month, the UK Goverrnment published its long awaited response to Good Work, the Taylor Review’s independent report into modern working practices. That report, published in July 2017, made numerous proposals with the aim of securing fair and decent work for all. It covers many kinds of modern work – agencies, zero hours, contractors and the online gig economy. The government have set an intention […]


Employment rights when it snows

If snow affects your ability to get to work, it can raise a number of questions! So, if you’re an employee, what are your rights? Will I be in trouble if I can’t make it in? If you cannot attend work, you are not automatically entitled to be paid. Your employer might be able to make you take unpaid leave, holiday days or work flexible […]


Key employment law changes for 2018

Here is a brief summary of some of the key employment law changes to look out for this year. 1 April 2018 – the national minimum wage increases. From 1 April 2018, all workers aged 25 and over are legally entitled to at least £7.83 per hour. Full minimum wage rates from 1 April 2018: 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under […]


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

It is now increasingly common for the news to contain stories of significant data losses. These are both embarrassing for the organisation concerned and potentially extremely expensive to sort out. There are, of course, many ways in which data losses can occur. They can range from the result of aggressive hacking but can also, and more commonly perhaps, be due to carelessness or a simple […]


The social media policy – a business must have?

Are you an employer who has had to deal with an employees’ inappropriate use of IT systems or social media? A social media policy is a code of conduct which acts as a guideline for any interactions a company’s employees have on the internet, both as part of their job description, or in their private life. As the use of the internet and social media […]