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Employment

Employment

Holiday Pay – When One Window Closes, Another Opens

If you thought that the holiday pay saga was over, think again. The Court of Justice of the European Union handed down its judgment last week in King v. The Sash Window Workshop Ltd.

In finding for Mr King, the European Court held that, if an employer fails to pay a worker for annual leave, it is incompatible with the EU Working Time Directive to require that worker to take unpaid leave first in order for him to establish his right to paid leave.

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The Process for Reimbursement of Employment Tribunal Fees

The process for reimbursement of Employment Tribunal fees is now known. As you will all be aware, ET fees were declared unlawful by the Supreme Court in July. For a refresher on the landmark judgment click here.

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Brexit and your Contracts - Plan now for the Great Unknown

Brexit and Contracts

As Brexit negotiations continue and uncertainty remains, there is something that you can do now to minimise the risks to your business. It is true that we don’t yet know what a post-Brexit world will look like. What will the economic impact of Brexit be? Will a transitional deal be agreed and if so, on what terms? What will happen at our borders in relation to goods and people? How will Brexit affect our laws? What will the final deal be? Indeed, will there be a deal?

This uncertainty creates risks.

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Future Talent key to Long Term Success of Oil and Gas Industry

The majority of headline news regarding jobs in the oil and gas industry over the last two years has been focused on the extent of cuts which have been felt on a large scale worldwide.  In the UK alone in 2016, over 60,000 oil and gas related jobs were lost as compared to a forecast of 40,000. 

In addition, despite a stabilising oil price and some prospects of the near term activity environment improving, further cuts may be seen in the wake of growing mergers and acquisitions.  However, what does the future hold for the industry and can it continue to attract, develop

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ET Fees. What happens next?

"People and businesses need to know, on the one hand, that they will be able to enforce their rights if they have to do so, and, on the other hand, that if they fail to meet their obligations, there is likely to be a remedy against them.

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Supreme Court holds that ET Fees are unlawful

This morning the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Unison’s long running challenge to the Government’s decision to introduce Employment Tribunal fees in 2013.

You can read the full judgment here but the headline news is that the Supreme Court were of the unanimous view that the introduction of ET fees was unlawful, on the basis that the Government acted beyond the scope of its statutory powe

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Cyber Security - Prevention is Better than Cure

My colleague Neeraj Thomas in his previous cyber security blog wrote of the old adage that “prevention is better than cure” when it comes to managing cyber security risk.

In the 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, IBM found that sixty per cent of all attacks were carried out by insiders, i.e.

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The Continuing Consequences Of The Mac Review...

Following our previous update which set out phase one of the government’s strategy to implement the proposals put forward by the Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) in connection with Tier 2, phase two of these changes is expected to take effect from 6 April 2017.  This phase brings the following key changes which UK businesses will need to be aware of when taking on migrant workers:

  • Immigration Skills Charge (“ISC”):  The ISC is to come into for

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New Provisions Of The Trade Union Act 2016

Following my previous update on the Trade Union Act 2016 which hit the statute books last year, the new major provisions are now in force effective from 1st March 2017.

This is undoubtedly the most significant shake up of the law of industrial action in a generation.

To stay ahead of the game, HR practitioners that deal with trade unions m

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10 Things You Need To Know About The Trade Union Act 2016

Hailed as the greatest shake-up of the law of industrial action in a generation, The Trade Union Act 2016 hit the statute books last year and looks set to come into force this Spring.  Despite the name, there is nothing good in this for the trade union movement and the legislation is designed to assist employers by reigning in what the Government has described as ‘undemocratic strike action’. 

Just looking at recent headlines of disruptive strike action in England, the political drivers for change are apparent.  The key change is that the Act will require a 50% turno

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