Last year, in an attempt to lessen the disruption caused by an ongoing raft of front-line worker strikes that impacted schools, transport, Royal Mail, the NHS, and more, the Government introduced regulations allowing employers to take on temporary agency workers to fulfil the roles of those striking.
Published: 29 July 2023
The news this week that teachers from the National Education Union had voted for strike action in England and Wales will have left lots of working parents and carers – and their employers – wondering how they are going to manage if and when local schools close.
Published: 29 January 2023
Any changes to current legislation will be particularly important for those in the education sector who commonly use term-time contracts. However, it could also pose a new HR headache for any employer who has zero-hours, variable-hours, or agency staff.
Published: 18 January 2023
The Government's Call for Evidence into the challenges that the umbrella industry is facing closed in February 2022 and the sector is still awaiting its response.
Published: 18 December 2022
Genie AI, the UK’s largest open source legal template library, has recently discovered that half of contracts between 2017-2022 still use gendered terms.
With DEI initiatives being hugely important within organisations, gender biases in any capacity can reflect poorly and hinder these goals. Genie AI is leading the change to a more inclusive norm with the launch of 1,500 gender-neutral contract templates.
Published: 7 November 2022
This is a time of change and concern for many business owners. It’s important to stay on top of the ever-changing legislation in order to remain fully compliant. Failure to do so could mean organisations are wrongly following out-dated laws, leading them to breach their legal obligations and withhold statutory entitlements which, in turn, could lead to tribunal claims and widespread discontent
Published: 2 October 2022
IR35 Shield has proven that HMRC's Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool contains fundamental flaws that expose users to considerable risk. The evidence compares failed legal arguments made by HMRC and newly binding law, revealed in the Court of Appeal decision of the Atholl House IR35 case on April 26th 2022, with a forensic analysis of the underlying CEST programming code.
Published: 13 July 2022
The recent P&O Ferries case, with the company facing widespread criticism and the prospect of legal action after 800 staff members were sacked via video call, announcing plans to replace them with agency workers has placed the practice of fire and rehire back in the headlines, with the Government considering whether to ban it.
Published: 24 March 2022
New research by Ipsos reveals the majority of UK adults aged 16-75 are in favour of introducing a law giving employees the right to ignore work-related communications, such as emails, texts and instant messages, outside of their official working/on-call hours.
Published: 17 March 2022
Concern as Covid surge risks employment tribunal backlog
Published: 10 January 2022