Battle lines drawn in landmark equal pay case

14 Jan 2015

A date has been set for what is shaping up to be one of the most important employment cases of 2015.


Loss of sick pay compensation scheme starts to hurt smaller firms

14 Jan 2015

Many small businesses are struggling to adjust after losing the right to reclaim costs attached to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).


Row over tribunal fees rumbles on

14 Jan 2015

A decision by ministers to introduce a new fees regime for Employment Tribunals is set to come under fresh scrutiny, following a recent survey.


Attempt to set the record straight on health and safety legislation

14 Jan 2015

A watchdog has warned companies about blaming bogus health and safety laws for poor customer service.


European court says “obesity could be a disability”

14 Jan 2015

The EU’s highest court has ruled that obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, setting a precedent which could have major repercussions for employers across the continent.


Leader vows action against rogue employment agencies

16 Dec 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has set out plans to crack down on “cowboy employment agencies”. A raft of recently revealed measures will take steps to close a current loophole, which allows the wages of permanent staff to be undercut. Action


Legislation brings new rights for couples

16 Dec 2014

Laws set to take effect next spring will give important new employment rights to parents having children born through surrogacy


Tougher sentencing proposed for corporate manslaughter

16 Dec 2014

Businesses convicted of corporate manslaughter could face fines of more than £20m under newly published penalty guidelines. The Sentencing Council is considering whether companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter – as well as health and safety and food hygiene offences


Shared parental leave regulations come into effect

16 Dec 2014

New laws, which came into effect on December 1st, give parents greater flexibility over how they share the care of their child during the maternity period. Under the new rules, parents will be able to share up to 50 weeks


Firms warned about Employment Appeal Tribunal decision

16 Dec 2014

York-based solicitors Hethertons are warning employers of an Employment Appeal Tribunal decision which has ruled that non-guaranteed overtime payments should be taken into consideration when calculating a worker’s holiday pay entitlement. As a result of the ruling in Bear Scotland v