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Scattered to the four winds

Speculation is rife as to what elements of the law will remain and what will be repealed. Top of the pile marked "contentious" is, of course, freedom of movement, and it should also be top of the heap for "most urgent" too, as businesses in all sectors struggle with the stark reality that this essential human resource is going to be, at the very least, far harder to come by.

Article by: Charlotte Ashton | Published: 17 August 2017

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Should zero-hours contracts be banned?

The controversial zero-hours contracts are in the headlines again, with the continued debate as to whether they should be banned. From Leon Deakin, employment specialist and Partner at Coffin Mew Solicitors.

Article by: Leon Deakin | Published: 21 July 2017

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Settlement agreements explained

Terminating someone’s employment has to be one of a manager’s most unpleasant tasks. However, it’s important to put emotions aside and approach the process professionally to ensure that it is carried out correctly to protect everyone involved. Specialist employment solicitor Ian Lewis of law firm Bray & Bray explains why putting a settlement agreement in place can save all concerned time, stress and money.

Article by: Ian Lewis | Published: 3 June 2017

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Employment law changes 1st April

Emma O'Leary, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group, takes a look at the changes in legislation which take effect on 1st April.

Article by: Emma O'Leary | Published: 24 March 2017

How to Prevent Losing £20,000 in a Tribunal

Over the past 12 months we have seen an increase in the number of employee tribunal applications; to be more specific, between April 2014 – March 2015 there were 61,305 applications. Between April 2015 – March 2016 this figure rose to 83,031. Article by Caroline Grifiths, MD at Bradfield HR.

Article by: Caroline Grifiths | Published: 8 March 2017

Have fees stopped access to justice?

Donald Mackinnon, director of legal services at Law At Work reflects on the effect of fees on employment tribunal cases.

Article by: Donald Mackinnon | Published: 16 February 2017

When conduct is judged not gross

The Court of Appeal recently held that a negligent omission by a senior employee amounted to gross misconduct, warranting dismissal with immediate effect. From Chris Cook, Partner and Head of the employment department at law firm SA Law.

Article by: Chris Cook | Published: 12 February 2017

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Gig economy – another warning

Following hot on the heels of the decision, a tribunal has now held that a bike courier is a worker, and entitled to paid holidays from the courier company. Article by Liam Lane is a senior solicitor in the employment team at Brodies LLP.

Article by: Liam Lane | Published: 6 February 2017

Tribunal reform – handle with care

Employment Tribunals’ unique place in the judicial system must be protected and reflected under any wider Government plans for justice modernisation and reform. So says the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) in response to “radical” and “transformational” proposals for change throughout the justice system in the next five years.

Article by: Richard Fox and Joanne Owers | Published: 25 January 2017

Employment law shake-ups for 2017

Changes to employment legislation will have a significant impact on businesses in 2017, one of the region’s leading employment lawyers has warned. From Sally Morris, a Partner at mfg Solicitors.

Article by: Sally Morris | Published: 13 January 2017