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  • 9 Feb 2018
    A recent judgement on the back of the Pimlico Plumbers case revealed the importance of the substitution clause in determining the validity of self-employed status. For more about this case and to ensure your own self employed contracts are correctly worded please read the full article.

  • 19 Jan 2018
    For those of you who employ self employed contractors we’ve been writing wake up calls in these articles for you for most of last year, but if ever you needed a single reason to look again at those self employed contracts, this is it. Our article describes the main findings and what an employer should do to convert 'self employed' contracts to a proper footing (to avoid clocking up holiday pay liability.)

  • 18 Jan 2018
    Of course tribunal claims were bound to increase – when fees were introduced in 2013 the number of claims plummeted 70%+, now the fees have gone…guess what? Employment lawyers are busy, but what can a sensible employer do to minimise their chances of becoming a statistic, and what should an employer do, or not do, if they receive a claim? Read our article for more.

  • 17 Jan 2018
    Crawford Vs Network Rail looked again at whether the 20 minute break in 6 hours can be discontinuous or whether it needs to be one break – we expect this case has most significance to employers with smokers who prefer a series of 5 minute breaks over a continuous break. Our article explores the legal issues and touches on what to do if smoke breaks are a problem.

  • 5 Dec 2017
    The Working Time Regs 1998 entitle employees to a minimum of 5.6 weeks statutory holiday each year equating to 28 days for those who work a 5 day week. If an employee is allowed less than 5.6 weeks then put simply you will be breaking the law. For many employers with an April – March holiday year that will indeed happen this holiday year. Our full article outlines the problem...and an appealing solution.