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  • 5 Dec 2017
    Potentially quite a lot following the very important case of King Vs Sash Windows at the European Court of Justice – a decision that will influence domestic decisions. The central theme here of course is to make absolutely sure that your ‘self employed’ people are really that – we’ve reported on numerous cases when the courts said they weren’t (Uber, Pimlico Plumbers etc.) This case highlights just how expensive a decision along these lines could be. Forewarned is forearmed, read our briefing for more (and what you should do next.)

  • 4 Dec 2017
    The festive season carries its own challenges for employers, and while in most cases, we can relax and enjoy ourselves, there are some common problems and not all the potential issues are as obvious as the ‘inappropriate’ use of the office photocopier! So what can you do if staff misbehave at staff parties?

  • 31 Oct 2017
    Discrimination cases can be the most expensive to defend and carry the highest compensation payments for successful claimants. When Ms Ramos, a nurse breastfeeding her 4 month old child, claimed her role was causing risk to her and her baby, her employer failed to carry our a proper risk assessment and the European Court of Justice subsequently ruled that its actions amounted to direct sex discrimination.

  • 20 Oct 2017
    It stands for ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ and in essence it’s an extension of data protection laws that will hit us on 25th May 2018 – its impact will be on all of us, whether we be data controllers or data processors. Given that large fines tend to result from breaches of national legislation (in this case up to 4% of turnover), we’d better take notice.

  • 10 Oct 2017
    Historically the EAT have held that foster carers were not workers. For a role to attract worker status there must be a contract. Formal agreements govern the foster carer and Council relationship and these are determined by law; not freely entered into or subject to negotiation. But foster carer Sarah Anderson (perhaps encouraged by cases like Uber & Deliveroo) is challenging the current view.