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News Category: Employment

  • 17 March 2020

    Redundancy, Lay-Off, Short-Time Working and Covid-19

    Many businesses are facing the reality of significant challenges to business continuity and cash flow, in light of the increasing spread of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). Read more

  • 9 March 2020

    International Women’s Day 2020 – equality in the workplace

    International Women’s Day, Sunday 8th March 2020, was a national day which celebrated the achievements of women and aims to eliminate discrimination against women. This year the theme ‘an equal world is an enabled world,’ marks a 'call to action' to increase gender equality.  Read more

  • 6 March 2020

    Employment Law Update: 6th April 2020

    Important Employment law changes will come into effect on 6th April 2020. Steeles Law Employment team look at what this will mean to your business. Read more

  • 7 October 2019

    Mental Health in the Workplace

    Your mobile phone doubles up as a workstation, you can be contacted almost anywhere in the world at any time, it’s no wonder we often struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance in today’s age of technological evolution. Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    National Living Wage: Updated guidance on calculating National Minimum Wage

    Following the introduction of the Government's National Living Wage on 1 April 2016, The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has issued new guidance on calculating the National Minimum Wage: Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    The effect of commission on holiday pay

    Article 7 of the Working Time Directive (WTD) gives workers the right to be paid during their annual leave. Unfortunately, it does not then specify how holiday pay should be calculated. In British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock and anor, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed the position taken in Bear Scotland Ltd and ors v Fulton: The Working Time Regulations 1998 can be interpreted in line with the WTD, so as to include results-based commission payments when calculating holiday pay for the basic four weeks' annual leave. Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    Lay-offs and short-time working

    In Craig v Bob Lindfield and Son Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that there is no implied term that a period of lay-off will be no more than is reasonable. In this case, an employee who resigned after being laid off for four and a half weeks without pay was not found to have been constructively dismissed, as there had been a genuine downturn in work which led to the employer operating a contractual lay-off clause and the employer had a reasonable expectation that further work would become available within four weeks. Read more

  • 28 January 2016

    Sickness Absence Policies: Making Reasonable Adjustments

    In Griffiths v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 1265, the Court of Appeal has held that the threshold for sanctions under a sickness absence policy can be subject to the duty to make reasonable adjustments, but considered what adjustments would be seen as "reasonable" in the circumstances. Read more

  • 28 January 2016

    What Now For Workplace Privacy?

    Recently there has been a lot of press attention about the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Barbulescu v Romania. Some sensationalist commentators have been quick to decry the death of privacy for employees. Others have said that the judgment does little to change the current law. But what does this judgment actually mean? Read more

  • 28 January 2016

    Legislation update

    In this month's legislation update, we review two important pieces of legislation affecting employers and which will come into force in early 2016. Read more