How Employers can tackle World Cup Fever

The 2018 World Cup in Moscow is now well under way. Businesses may have already been handling annual leave requests from the more astute football fans, but for the less organised followers of the sport, time’s up for holiday requests. With afternoon kick offs scheduled throughout the tournament, employers need to be mindful of the […]

Disability Discrimination due to future expected disability

Is it disability discrimination to refuse to employ somebody because you think that a condition they have may become a disability in future? In the recent case of Chief Constable of Norfolk vs Coffey, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) decided that yes it is. Ms Coffey was a serving police officer with Wiltshire Police who […]

The Government’s Good Work Plan

In February 2018 the Government announced a response to Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practices which came out last year. The Business Secretary Matthew Taylor pledged to introduce what he called a “Good Work Plan” and follow through on some of the recommendations in the Taylor report to improve employment rights for flexible workers […]

Pimlico Plumbers Appeal goes to the Supreme Court

One of the highest profile employment law cases of recent times went to the Supreme Court on 20 February 2018. Gary Smith worked for Pimlico between 2005 and 2011 as a “self-employed” plumber. He was required to wear a Pimlico uniform, lease a signwritten company van and work a minimum number of hours each week. […]

An Employer’s Knowledge of Disability

If you have employees with disabilities, you have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to allow them to do their job. So how do you decide whether they are disabled or not? While a tribunal may have to make the final decision, you need to be able to prove that you took a reasoned approach […]

Directors and Shareholders – who holds the power?

It is a common misconception that the founder of a company will always have the final say in how the business is run. In fact, this is only the case if they are also a Director. The Directors Service Agreement Whilst the Shareholders own a company, the Directors quite often are the company. The Directors deal […]

Covert Surveillance of Employees at Work

If you are considering installing CCTV cameras in your workplace, it is important to make sure that you follow the rules so you can’t be accused of violating the right to privacy. There has been a huge increase in the amount of recording in recent years (think CCTV, body worn cameras, dashcams, drones etc) and […]