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  • European works councils

    Inbrief

    15 December 2016

    European Works Councils are becoming increasingly common as a forum to negotiate pan-European issues.

  • Calculating holiday pay - the current position

    Inbrief

    30 November 2016

    The calculation of holiday pay has become a major issue of concern for employers, with recent cases indicating that the approach allowed under UK law of basing holiday pay on basic pay only does not comply with the requirements of European law.

  • Whistleblowing

    Inbrief

    29 November 2016

    Since 1999 workers who ‘blow the whistle’ on their employers have had the right not to be dismissed or otherwise penalised as a result.

  • Sexual orientation discrimination

    Inbrief

    25 November 2016

    Sexual orientation is a particularly sensitive personal issue, and also involves the right to privacy under the Human Rights Act 1998. An added complication is that individuals can choose whether or not to be ‘out’ in the workplace, so employers are unlikely to know the sexual orientation of all of their employees.

  • Corporate immigration to the UK

    Inbrief

    24 November 2016

    The UK remains an attractive business destination.

  • Alternative dispute resolution in the workplace

    Inbrief

    24 November 2016

    Workplace disputes are disruptive and, in many cases, expensive for businesses, particularly if they result in litigation.

  • Senior Managers Regime, Certification Regime and Conduct Rules

    Inbrief

    24 November 2016

    Banks and other financial institutions are seeing some of the most significant regulatory changes affecting staff in many years.

  • Immigration basics for retail, hospitality and leisure

    Inbrief

    17 November 2016

    Employers in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries are under particular scrutiny from the Home Office.

  • Sponsoring migrant workers

    Inbrief

    17 November 2016

    The process and requirements for sponsoring non-EEA national workers in the UK are complicated. At the same time, the rules are strict, and the consequences of noncompliance could be detrimental to both the employer and its sponsored migrants.

  • Prevention of illegal working a: compliance guide for employers

    Inbrief

    17 November 2016

    This Inbrief summarises how employers can reduce their exposure to fines and other penalties under the Home Office’s Prevention of Illegal Working regime.

  • Bring your own device

    Inbrief

    16 November 2016

    According to a global study in 2011 by the Aberdeen group, 75% of the 415 companies surveyed allow their employees to use their own device e.g. laptops, tablets and smart phones, for business purposes. Similarly, a survey by BT in 2012 of 2,000 IT users and managers in 11 countries found that more than four out of five companies surveyed permit their employees to connect their own device to the corporate network or will do so within the next two years. This trend is commonly referred to as ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD).

  • Health and safety in the workplace

    Inbrief

    11 November 2016

    With the number of health and safety (“H&S”) prosecutions steadily increasing and significant reforms in sentencing for H&S offences and deaths at work, the need for employers to be aware of their H&S obligations couldn’t be more important.

  • Employee shareholders

    Inbrief

    09 November 2016

    With effect from 1 September 2013, the Government has introduced a new tax efficient way for employees to share in the growth of their employers – employee shareholder status.

  • Employment status

    Inbrief

    02 November 2016

    Employment status is important because an individual’s legal rights, protections and obligations will depend upon which class he or she falls into.

  • Remuneration code - For banks, building societies and investment firms

    Inbrief

    30 October 2016

    The financial services industry has been the focus of wide-ranging reform over the past few years as a result of both UK Government and European initiatives. In January 2014, a package of reforms implementing the fourth set of amendments to the EU Capital Requirements Directive (“CRD4”) took effect.

  • Religion or belief discrimination

    Inbrief

    27 October 2016

    The European Equal Treatment Framework Directive (2000/78/EC) prohibits direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation in the workplace in respect of various characteristics including religion, religious belief and philosophical belief. This is implemented through the Equality Act 2010.

  • Bullying and harassment

    Inbrief

    19 October 2016

    Dignity at work has become increasingly recognised in recent years as an important issue for employers to address. Taking action to prevent bullying and harassment at work can be crucial in avoiding increased levels of stress and absenteeism, low staff morale, high turnover and decreased productivity.

  • Reducing business costs - alternatives to redundancy

    Inbrief

    07 October 2016

    When businesses run into financial difficulties and need to reduce costs, the knee-jerk reaction is often to consider the scope for job cuts.

  • Family rights

    Inbrief

    05 October 2016

    Employees who have parental responsibility for a child are afforded certain legal rights in order to protect and support their role as parents.

  • Industrial action

    Inbrief

    22 September 2016

    Economically turbulent times have seen an increase in trade unions ‘flexing their muscles’ by way of industrial action.

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