How Employers should manage a hot workplace environment

With summer temperatures soaring to the highest levels since 1976, employers should be thinking about how they should manage the workplace environment to keep their workers in the best conditions possible. The Legal Position The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations of 1992 say that an employer needs to maintain a “reasonable” temperature in the […]

Lease Extensions – 10 Common Questions Answered

The two most common ways to buy property in the UK are freehold and leasehold. Buying freehold means that you own the building and the land on which it stands outright – this is common for standalone properties such as houses Buying leasehold means that you aren’t buying the property, but rather the right to […]

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. […]