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Strike-breaking regulations are illegal – what this means for employers

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.

Contributor: Alan Price, CEO - BrightHR | Published: 29 July 2023

Teacher strikes – what working parents/carers and employers need to know

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.

Contributor: Katie Ash, Head of Employment Law - Banner Jones | Published: 29 January 2023

Government consulting on how annual leave is calculated for part-year workers

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.

Contributor: Kate Palmer, HR Advice & Consultancy Director at Peninsula | Published: 18 January 2023

Many legal contracts are gender-biased

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.

Contributor: Rafie Faruq, CEO - Genie AI | Published: 7 November 2022

How mini budget will impact employment law landscape

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

Contributor: Alan Price, CEO - BrightHR | Published: 2 October 2022

Fresh evidence shows HMRC’s IR35 tool is failing firms

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.

Contributor: Dave Chaplin, CEO, IR35 Shield | Published: 13 July 2022

In P&O Ferries: Will mass firing be made illegal?

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.

Contributor: Alan Price, CEO - BrightHR | Published: 24 March 2022

Support for introducing ‘right to disconnect’ law is growing

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.

Contributor: Kelly Beaver, Chief Executive UK and Ireland, - Ipsos | Published: 17 March 2022