Essential services are banned in most major Western economies – but not in the UK. With co-ordinated strike action now being threatened by public sector unions, the Government should consider amending the Trade Union Act 2016 to further protect the public from the damage done by strike action. From Nicholas Finney, Centre for Policy Studies.
Published: 19 September 2017
Union urging backing for local taxi and private hire drivers at TUC Congress in face of flood of unregulated out-of-town ‘cowboy’ operators. Comment Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Taxi and Private Hire Drivers.
Published: 12 September 2017
GMB has called for action after the number of workers on zero hours contracts in the North East shot up 11,000 compared to the same point last year.
Published: 23 August 2017
It has been reported that the AA has sacked its executive chairman, Bob Mackenzie, for gross misconduct, with immediate effect. Philip Richardson, head of employment law at national law firm, Stephensons.
Published: 8 August 2017
A London bar has drawn criticism after posting a job advert for bar staff. The ad, by House of Wax, stated that "physical attractiveness is unfortunately necessary for this role" and, as well as a having a fun, lively attitude, it also specified that female applicants "must be comfortable wearing black heels during their shift". Comment from Jacob Demeza-Wilkinson is an employment law consultant for the ELAS Group.
Published: 7 August 2017
IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, has today welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling that fees for employment tribunals are “unlawful”.
Published: 26 July 2017
The Court of Appeal has held in Chesterton Global Ltd (t/a Chestertons) and anor v Nurmohamed that an estate agent's complaints about the manipulation of accounts which potentially adversely affected the bonuses of 100 senior managers amounted to a protected disclosure in the public interest. Comment from Emma Burrows, Partner at Trowers & Hamlins.
Published: 13 July 2017
Almost two thirds of UK businesses are failing to meet basic health and safety laws and are putting their employees in danger, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over five employees, found that 65 percent have not received any information on their company’s health and safety policies. Comment Colin Yates, chief support officer at WorkMobile.
Published: 17 June 2017
According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) the number of people on so-called ‘zero hours contracts’ has soared in recent years, to over 900,000. Article from Adam Pennington is an employment law solicitor at Stephensons Solicitors LLP.
Published: 19 May 2017
Employers back UK’s existing employment rights framework as negotiations over the country’s departure from the EU begin. Comment Rachel Suff, Employment Adviser at the CIPD.
Published: 15 May 2017