Employment blog

Read our latest blogs and case studies to keep up with recent employment law developments

July 2024

Case study: Mercer v Alternative Future Group Ltd

The Supreme Court has held that s146 of the Trade Union Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA) does not protect workers who partake in strike action from detriment short of dismissal in the case of Mercer v Alternative Future Group Ltd.

June 2024

Case study: William v Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

In the case of William v Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust, the EAT has reiterated that in a claim for detriment arising from whistleblowing, only the knowledge and motives of the decision maker are relevant to the Employment Tribunal’s considerations.

May 2024

How will the employment law landscape change under a Labour government?

We summarise some of the key changes set out in the Labour Party’s ‘‘New Deal for Working People’ paper.

Key changes to the skilled worker visa route

The UK government has announced significant changes to the Skilled Worker visa route that came into effect on 4 April 2024.

April 2024

Case Study: Vaultex UK Ltd v Bialas

The case of Vaultex UK Ltd v Bialas is a useful reminder of how tribunals can fall into the trap of substituting its own view of an appropriate sanction for that of the employer.

Merson v Royal Devon University NHS Foundation Trust: lessons for employers

The case of Merson v Royal Devon University NHS Foundation Trust teaches employers not to act too swiftly when disciplining employees.

Is a Trial Period a Reasonable Adjustment? What employers should note from the new EAT ruling

What employers should note from the new EAT ruling.

March 2024

Case study: Omar v Epping Forest District Citizens Advice

The case of Omar v Epping Forest District Citizens Advice acts as a reminder for employers not to accept verbal resignations immediately, without giving thought to the circumstances of the verbal resignation.

Changes to ACAS Code of Practice on requests for flexible working

An updated version of the ACAS Code of Practice will replace the current Code in relation to flexible working requests when new legislation comes into force next month.

February 2024

Case study: Glasson v The Insolvency Service

The case of Glasson v The Insolvency Service, provides a helpful reminder to employers on the importance of knowledge of a disability when deciding whether discrimination has occurred.

New regulations providing new rights for employees are coming into force from 6 April 2023

Two new employment regulations, affecting maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and carer’s leave come into force on 6 April.

The Government’s new five-point package of measures for the immigration system has been given a timeline

The new immigration system comes into effect in April 2024. In this article we look at the key dates for visa holders.

January 2024

Case study: Sullivan v Isle of Wight Council

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently delivered an interesting judgment in the case of Sullivan v Isle of Wight Council, providing guidance to employers on how to approach protected disclosure detriment claims brought by external job applicants.

ICO guidance: handling worker health data

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance on the handling of worker health data with the aim of providing advice and examples of good practice.

New year, new holiday pay rules: what do the Government’s new Employment Rights Regulations mean for employers?

After initially proposing changes last year, the Government’s new regulations relating to holiday pay and changes to the Working Time Regulations came into force on 1 January 2024. 

December 2023

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023

As part of the Government’s implementation of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act, regulations for Minimum Service Levels (MSLs) for rail, ambulance, border security services and fire and rescue services were enacted in 2023.

November 2023

Updated ACAS guidance on managing sickness absence

What’s new in employment law? Solicitor Henrietta Donnelly examines the updated guidance issued by the arbitration service ACAS on managing sickness absence.

October 2023

Case study: Lynskey v Direct Line Insurance Services Ltd

This case serves as a reminder to employers that they need to be aware of the way in which the symptoms of menopause can impact performance and how this should be appropriately managed.

Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023

The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023 has received Royal Assent and is expected to come into force in around September 2024.

Case study: Riley v Direct Line Insurance Group PLC

This case illustrates the distinction between ‘dismissal’ and ‘termination by mutual consent’.

September 2023

Case study: Colbert v Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

The High Court recently delivered an interesting judgement in the case of Colbert v Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. The case involved a claimant who issued proceedings seeking an interim injunction relating to the conduct of the Trust during the MHPS disciplinary process..

Case study: Fischer v London United Busways Ltd

This recent judgment provides a useful indication of how an Employment Tribunal could view the use of language and swearwords in cases of gender reassignment discrimination.

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