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Addison Lee loses their gig economy case

In Addison Lee Ltd. v Gascoigne, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed an appeal by Addison Lee, the London-based minicab and courier company, seeking to challenge an earlier decision regarding employment status. The EAT rejected the view that the contractual documentation between the parties supported a finding of self-employed status, and upheld the findings of the Employment Tribunal. In... Read more

Ending sexual harassment at work

  The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has raised serious concerns about sexual harassment in the workplace in its new report called Turning the tables: Ending sexual harassment at work. It identifies widespread failures by employers to set out policies on sexual harassment in sufficient detail, support victims, provide for fair and effective grievance processes, ensure complainants will not be... Read more

Named and shamed for failure to pay the National Minimum Wage

  On 9 March 2018 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy named and shamed 179 employers for paying their staff below the National Minimum Wage (NMW). As well as recovering backpay for 9,200 workers, the government also fined the employers a total of £1.3 million in penalties for breaking national minimum wage laws. The most prolific offending sectors... Read more

Bullying at work – your legal rights

ACAS defines bullying as “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient. Bullying or harassment may be by an individual against an individual (perhaps by someone in a position of authority such as a manager or supervisor) or involve groups of people. It may be obvious or it... Read more

The General Data Protection Regulation

      The General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679 EU) (GDPR) is the new governing legislation for collecting and processing personal data in the EU. It comes into effect on 25 May 2018 for all EU member states. The Government has confirmed that the Regulation will be implemented in the UK as it will still be a member of the... Read more

Increase in Tribunal Awards

    The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018 has been laid before parliament, coming into force on 6 April 2018. It contains the normal annual increases to maximum and minimum tribunal awards. Key increases are:- maximum week’s pay (for redundancy payments and the unfair dismissal basic award): £508 (currently £489)   maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal: £83,682 (currently... Read more

Government Response to the Taylor Review

The Government has responded to the Taylor Review in – Good Work : A response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. In July 2017, Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices was published, which included 53 recommendations. The review considered a range of issues, including the implications of new forms of work, the rise of digital platforms and the impact of... Read more

Stress at work guidance from Acas

Stress at Work Acas Advisory Booklet – Stress at work Stress is much in the news at present but it isn’t a new problem. Pressure is part and parcel of all work and helps to keep us motivated. But excessive pressure can lead to stress which undermines performance, is costly to employers and can make people ill. HSE estimates that 13.5... Read more

Employment update – January 2018

Modern Slavery The Government has issued Updated Guidance on how businesses should comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2017. This requires that any commercial organisation in any sector which supplies goods or services, and carries on a business or part of a business in the UK above a turnover threshold of £36 million, must produce a slavery and human trafficking... Read more

Holiday pay score for Gig Workers

Thousands of workers in the so-called gig economy can now claim for unpaid annual leave after a landmark European ruling yesterday. Conley King, a window salesman, has won a ruling at the Court of Justice of the EU that he is entitled to claim for up to £27,000 for holiday pay that he was denied between 1999 and 2012. The... Read more

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