Employment Law


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 […]


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 […]