Employment Law


The pitfalls of consumer contracts

For those of you who have domestic customers there is a piece of legislation which is little known but of great significance. These are the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. These Regulations apply where the contract is entered into off your business premises, often the home of the consumer. Failure to comply with the Regulations can have dire financial consequences for […]


Flexible Furlough

From the 1 July, as part of the Governments plan to re-open the UK and kick-start our economy, employers can now bring furloughed employees back to work, while still being able to claim under the CJRS for the hours not worked. The new arrangement is known as ‘flexible furlough’. It is important that employers agree on any new flexible arrangements with the employee and confirm […]


Job Loss & Employment Law Advice

These are worrying times for all of us. The natural feelings of uncertainty will, of course be made worse for the many people who have just lost their jobs. Fears of financial difficulty are piled upon worries for your own health and the health of loved ones. All this can be a distraction, but distractions can lead to even greater problems. The general rule is […]


Employers Liability for Data Breaches

The UK Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the case of a claim brought against Morrisons supermarkets by various former and current employees. The claim relates to a data breach which occurred in 2014. Background Morrisons employed Andrew Skelton as part of the internal audit team. In late 2013 he had the task of sending the entire payroll to external auditors, as he […]


Employment Law Changes for Employers 2020

April 2020 onwards will see a number of changes and employers should be taking practical steps now to ensure that they are fully prepared. Here are a few of the key changes that should be noted by all. The National Minimum Wage Complying with National Minimum Wage (NMW) and other statutory changes is a must. The rates for the NMW will increase on 1 April […]


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) […]


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 […]