Data Subject Access Requests – are you giving too much away?

Legal professional privilege, the protection of confidential communications between a solicitor and their client, is a fundamental principle of English law. Privileged documentation does not need to be disclosed in ...

Vegetarianism not protected under the Equality Act

In Conisbee v. Crossley Farms Ltd and others, an Employment Tribunal has decided that vegetarianism is not a philosophical belief that qualifies for protection under the Equality Act 2010.  It ...

IR35 changes in the private sector – will it affect you?

Further details have been released by the government in relation to the changes to off-payroll working rules (IR35).  As previously announced the responsibility for determining whether individuals should be taxed ...

Gender pay gap reporting – enforcement action against late reporters

Earlier this year the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) commenced formal investigations into six organisations that had failed to report their gender pay gap for 2019. As a result of ...

Holiday pay for term time workers

Should holiday entitlement and pay for term time only workers be calculated on a pro-rata basis at 12.07% of annual pay under the Working Time Regulations?  In Harpur Trust v. ...

Illegal contracts – breach of immigration rules

The Court of Appeal has found that an employer cannot rely on a breach of the immigration rules to argue that an employment contract is unenforceable.  In the recent decision ...

ACAS tips for employers to manage hot weather at work

As the UK temperatures soar ACAS has issued some guidance to help employers manage workplace challenges due to hot weather.  Their suggestions include: Workplace temperatures should be reasonable - the Health & ...

Private sector needs to operate new IR35 Rules for contractors from April 2020

In the October 2018 Budget the Chancellor confirmed that with effect from 6 April 2020 private sector businesses that engage contractors who supply services through an intermediary business (such as ...

Liability for the acts of “Rogue” employees

The test for whether an employer can be found vicariously liable for acts of an employee is whether the employee is acting “in the course of their employment”, and whether ...

Confusion over gender pay gap

A YouGov survey has revealed that almost two thirds of the British public are unaware of what the gender pay gap is. The survey of 1,640 adults asked whether they ...

Employer vicariously liable for MD’s drunken assault

The key test in establishing whether an employer can be found liable for acts of an employee is whether the employee is acting “in the course of their employment”.  The ...

Employment references – new ACAS guide

The giving of employment references can sometimes cause tensions for employers. Although there is usually no legal obligation to provide a reference (except in certain regulated professions), if you do ...
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