Reforming Employment Law Hearing Structures – Is there bad news on the horizon for employers?

On 26th September 2018 the Law Commission issued a consultation paper on Employment Law Hearing Structures. The consultation is due to conclude on 11th January 2019 after which recommendations will be presented to the Government.  So what might be in store for Employment Law hearings and how might this impact on employers?

One of the proposals set out in the paper is an extension of the limitation periods in Employment Tribunal, in most cases extending [...]

By |September 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

When does giving notice not amount to a resignation from employment?

On first glance when an employer receives “notice” from an employee the immediate assumption is likely to be that the communication amounts to a resignation. It seems logical doesn’t it? It may however surprise a number of employers to learn that it is not always in fact the case as has been explored in the recent case of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy (UKEAT/0232/17/LA).

In this case the Claimant was [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|General|

Burkas in the workplace: to wear or not to wear?

Burkas. They create media frenzy and polarise opinion, particularly when Boris Johnson is involved. There’s so much discussion around wearing Burkas and headscarves in the workplace, it’s very easy for employers to feel confused and start to doubt whether their own policies and procedures are fit for purpose.

What is a Burka?
The Burka is a full-length body veil worn by Muslim women as a sign of commitment to their religion. Those who wear [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Hints & Tips|

Is this the end of the 9-5?

If you look around any town centre, shopping mall, or in fact, any location where young people can be found en masse, there will almost certainly be a common image. That is of young people, the future workforce, with their heads down, scrolling or tapping away on their phone, often whilst with their friends. The simple fact of the matter is that this is modern communication. WhatsApp, Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram (don’t for [...]

By |August 22nd, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Government report makes sexual harassment recommendations

According to a BBC survey in November 2017, a startling 40% of British women, and 18% of British men stated that they had experienced unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is, and has been, at the forefront of our attention for a number of months following the rise of the #MeToo movement and the ‘Time’s Up’ campaign. More recently, this has been further added to by the report produced by [...]

By |August 16th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Getting to know our customers

At EML, one of our key values is to get to know our customers really well. We believe it’s vital to understand the inner workings of our clients’ businesses and appreciate what makes their people tick. This enables us to provide 100% tailored HR, employment law, and health and safety support to our clients.

In celebration of ‘Get to know your customers day’, which takes place on the third Thursday of every quarter (in January, [...]

By |August 8th, 2018|General|

Court of Appeal ruling: Sleeping on the job

The Court of Appeal has ruled that carers that sleep overnight at a client’s home, are not entitled to the minimum wage whilst sleeping.

In consideration of Royal Mencap Society v Claire Tomlinson Blake and John Shannon v Jaikisham and Prithee Rampersad (trading as Clifton House Residential Home), the Court of Appeal found that any employee that stays the night at a disabled, elderly or vulnerable person’s home, are only entitled to the National Minimum [...]

By |July 19th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment Tribunals – a unique learning opportunity

The background
Since the abolition of Employment Tribunal fees in 2017, the Ministry of Justice has reported a staggering increase in claims of 90%. UK employers are more likely than ever to face an Employment Tribunal, with colleagues at all levels facing the possibility of being called to give evidence.

What is an Employment Tribunal?
Employment Tribunals are legal cases where disputes have occurred between employers and employees. They usually arise where individuals believe [...]

Employment Tribunal Training – Manchester, 26 July 2018

In July 2017, the Supreme Court concluded that the fees charged for lodging Employment Tribunal claims were preventing access to justice for many employees and so were unlawful and should no longer be charged. Since then, the Ministry of Justice has reported a staggering increase of 90% in claims. As such, employers are more likely than ever to be faced with the prospect of appearing in the Employment Tribunal. In view of this, we [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Religion / Belief Discrimination Myth Busters – Comments on social media

Acas recently published new guidance on religion and belief to help employers prevent discrimination on these grounds in the workplace. To assist employers further, we’ve produced another series of “myth busters” to help separate fact from fiction in this area, all of which have been published on our website over the last few weeks. Of course, if you’re an employer and would like to discuss any of the issues touched on in these posts, please contact [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|