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  • Baby steps…or a step too far?

    08 September 2016

    The Women & Equalities Committee recently published its inquiry findings on workplace pregnancy and maternity discrimination. This inquiry was launched after research last year by Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that discrimination towards pregnant women and new mothers had doubled since similar research was carried out in 2005.

  • Immigration programmes for low-skilled labour: alternatives to freedom of movement

    08 September 2016

    The UK relies on EU migrants for low-skilled labour. When the current immigration system was introduced in 2008, Tier 3 of the UK Points-Based System was earmarked for low-skilled immigration routes.

  • Lewis Silkin's rockhopper service nominated for FT Innovative Lawyer Award


    06 September 2016

    Leading employment specialist Lewis Silkin LLP has been shortlisted for this year’s FT Innovative Lawyers award for its low cost fixed fee HR and employment law service rockhopper (

  • Managing ill health and disability


    06 September 2016

    The management of ill health and disability raises problems that employers have to grapple with on a daily basis. Minimising the cost and inconvenience of ill health in the workforce, whilst ensuring compliance with legal obligations, requires both a clear understanding of the relevant legal principles and a co-ordinated approach.

  • Social media and the workplace


    26 August 2016

    Businesses are embracing the benefits that social media brings but its recent massive growth in popularity is inevitably creating issues in the workplace as the interface between employees’ work and personal lives becomes blurred.

  • Calculating holiday pay new ET decision on voluntary overtime

    23 August 2016

    Last year, we reported on a decision of the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal that voluntary overtime might have to be included in the calculation of statutory holiday pay if it was a sufficiently permanent feature of remuneration.

  • Employment law in Vietnam - an overview


    19 August 2016

    Over the past few decades, Vietnam has moved from a centrally-based economy to one with significant market features.

  • Protecting your business


    18 August 2016

    Protecting your business from competitive threats is vital. Losing a team or a key employee to a competitor can be extremely damaging. You may lose clients, prospects, and other staff. Your valuable confidential information may be put at risk.

  • Tax treatment of termination payments - the sting in the tail

    16 August 2016

    In 2015, the Government launched a consultation to simplify the tax and national insurance (“NI”) treatment of termination payments. As previously reported, following that consultation the Government announced that it proposed to amend the rules with effect from 6 April 2018.

  • Gender pay gap reporting - regulations delayed

    16 August 2016

    There is to be a delay in publication of the final regulations on gender pay gap reporting, it has been confirmed by the Government Equalities Office (“GEO”).

  • Just a bit of banter - or endemic sexual harassment?

    12 August 2016

    More than 52% of women surveyed said they had been sexually harassed at work, according to a new report by the Trades Union Congress in conjunction with the Everyday Sexism Project. Perhaps even more surprising than that headline figure is the fact that 79% of the women who said that they had experienced harassment did not inform their employer

  • Smoking at work


    11 August 2016

    Following the introduction of the smoking ban in England in July 2007, it is a criminal offence in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to smoke in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces, on public transport and in work vehicles used by more than one person.

  • Brexit what does it mean for employers in the hospitality sector


    10 August 2016

    The referendum vote on 23 June in favour of the UK leaving the EU has created a great deal of uncertainty for UK and international hospitality businesses. While an actual ‘Brexit’ is unlikely to be finalised before 2018, there could be major implications for the industry, in both the long-term and short-term.

  • Could Mourinho really go to jail over Schweinsteiger treatment?


    09 August 2016

    Sports lawyer, Richard Berry has been quoted in an article by City AM which examines the impact of Jose Mourinho's treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger after the 32-year-old German has been banished from Manchester United's first team training and pre-season fixtures.

  • Engineered for success or running out of fuel Immigration and the automotive industry

    03 August 2016

    The manufacture of cars and commercial vehicles has increased enormously – more than 25% in the last 10 years. In the UK, car production has increased by over 5% between 2014 and 2015.

  • Brexit and the points based immigration system

    03 August 2016

    The UK’s potential withdrawal from the EU has placed our immigration systems under scrutiny. This article reviews the nature of our current system. We highlight aspects which could be improved and aspects which will have to change if EU nationals will be subject to the same Immigration Rules as non-EU nationals

  • Clarification on application of Acas Code

    01 August 2016

    Two recent rulings of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) have clarified the application of the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, by confirming it does not apply to genuine ill-health dismissals or dismissals for “some other substantial reason” (SOSR) due to a breakdown in the working relationship.

  • Russians put the Olympic ideal on trial


    28 July 2016

    Sports lawyer, Richard Berry has commented in The Times which discusses the legal issues surrounding the Rio Olympics, in relation to the recent decision around Russia's participation. The article examines the legal and regulatory relationship connecting World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Commitee, the individual sporting bodies and the Court of Arbitration in Sport.

  • A teaser from Theresa - workers on company boards

    25 July 2016

    One of the early surprises of Theresa May’s premiership was her extraordinary pledge that employees should be represented on company boards.

  • What would a Brexit mean for UK immigration law and policy

    21 July 2016

    The concept of transnational citizenship underpins the EU (Article 9 of the Treaty on European Union), and rights of free movement stem from transnational citizenship. The Immigration Act 1988 was introduced to ensure that Europeans with rights of free movement were not subject to UK immigration rules.

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