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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


National Minimum Wage Regulations 2017

The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017 were published on 1 February 2017 and propose to increase rates including the standard adult rate, apprenticeship rate and accommodation offset limit of the National Minimum Wage on 1 April 2017. National Living Wage The NLW applies to workers aged 25 and over and is proposed to increase to £7.50 per hour from the current rate of […]


10 things you should know about Flexible Working

The desire for more flexible working has been highlighted in the media recently, with reports of employees ditching the 9-5 for a more favourable work-life balance. Organisations are increasingly recognising the business benefits of a more flexible way of working. 1.What is flexible working? Flexible working is any working pattern other than the normal working pattern – it can involve changes to the hours an employee […]


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National Minimum Wage Changes 2015

~By Lauren Poole~ You may recall our earlier blog on the National Minimum Wage changes in 2014; however, it has reached that time of year again where it all changes again. These changes tend to occur annually in the month of October. It is important that you keep up-to-date on the changes as it may affect your salary.   You need to be aware of […]