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  • 18 Sep 2017
    The office dog. At myHRdept we’ve always brought a dog to the office. At one stage 3 of them! Is having a dog in the office a good idea? Or barking mad? Our briefing covers the key considerations and our own experiences.

  • 1 Sep 2017
    Following Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others it is now time for employers to review their holiday pay practices in relation to holiday pay. The previous situation (we reported in 2014) was that only compulsory or guaranteed overtime payments should be included in holiday pay calculations. In 2015 a Northern Irish tribunal ruled that voluntary overtime should be included, and whilst this was perhaps the writing on the wall, tribunal decisions are not binding, so we had to wait for the first Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling, which we’ve now had. Our full article contains a briefing on what employers should do next.

  • 15 Aug 2017
    what can an employer reasonably expect an employee to do (other than their normal duties) and at what point could the employee throw in the towel and claim constructive dismissal on grounds of loss of status? Our article looks at the flexibility employers might be able to expect in the context of case law around 'suitable alternative employment.'

  • 15 Aug 2017
    Hot on the heels of Uber Taxis; City Sprint cycle couriers; Deliveroo (judgement awaited), Pimlico plumbers; and a raft of other cases comes Addison Lee. Now I didn’t know Addison Lee employed cycle couriers, apparently neither did Addison Lee! If you employ self-employed people you should read the full article as your self-employed people may not be 'self employed' in legal terms (and therefore might be entitled to 2 years of holiday pay.)

  • 26 Jul 2017
    Poor employment lawyers, they’ve had a hell of a time since the introduction of tribunal fees in 2013 led to a 70% drop in claims. But it appears the gravy train is heading back on track following the Supreme Court’s ruling today that the fee system is unlawful and will be quashed. To read more about the decision and the implications of it (and why every employment lawyer in the land will have a broad smile today) please read the full article.