HR & Employment Law Insights

Helping family businesses, start-ups, charities, social enterprises, and other growing or established businesses throughout the UK make sense of HR and Employment Law challenges.

Employment Tribunal Fees

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that Employment Tribunal fees regime is unlawful.

If you’re a fair employer and have adequate HR and employment procedures in place, then you will have little to worry about. I’ve read lots of scare blogs and stories over the last few days from Employment Lawyers and HR companies stating the opposite. This is obviously a tactic to generate business but as I’ve said – if you have sound procedures in place then I doubt much will change.

20 Criteria That Should be on Any Employment Contract

A contract is more than just a document both you and your employee sign to memorialise your employment agreement. And, while there are bare minimums the law requires in any contract, you should never follow those minimums as guidance for your own program. Moreover, a bare statement of terms is never sufficient when you want to ensure you’re protected as an employer.

Employment Law Changes April 2017

April is normally a busy time for HR professionals and small businesses, where historically a number of changes to employment legislation take place. This April is no different, and we felt it appropriate to share some of the key changes that may affect your business over the coming weeks.

As of the 11th of January 2016 The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations, 2015 comes into play.

The aim of the new law is to ensure that employees on zero hours’ contracts are protected from detriment and dismissal for breaching an exclusivity clause in his or her contract of employment by doing work or performing services under another contract or other arrangement.

Dealing with absent employees who aren't at work due to health issues is a tough process to follow, particularly if you feel a lot of sympathy for the individual's plight.

Terminating employees needs to be a well-managed and fair process.

Regular readers will be aware of the developing cases around holiday pay, specifically in relation to overtime and commission.  We were already aware of the ruing around overtime, and on 25 March 2015, the long-awaited outcome in Lock v British Gas was handed down by the Leicester employment tribunal.

As well as the Shared Parental Leave changes, there a number of other important changes to legislation taking place in April. 

Ensure your seasonal recruitment process is as robust as your permanent one

That time of year is fast approaching when the Christmas shoppers step out in force and the phones don’t stop ringing. Many businesses will find Christmas to be their busiest time of year, which generally means hiring more staff.