Commentary and analysis

All items: Contracts of employment

  • Employment law changes: Seven major proposals that may progress in 2021

    Date:
    1 February 2021

    Many proposed employment law changes that the Government has put forward in the last few years have stalled, mainly as a result of the focus on Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. Which proposals could be resurrected in 2021 and what would they mean for employers?

  • Reforming non-competes? 'Anti-business, worrying, unnecessary'

    Date:
    7 December 2020

    Five lawyers share their reactions to the consultation on reforming non-competes.

  • Should you enforce restrictive covenants during a pandemic?

    Date:
    25 August 2020

    Non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants are often used to prevent an employee from taking an organisation's commercial secrets to a competitor when they leave. But is it fair to enforce them when job opportunities are limited? Imogen Finnegan, senior consultant at Bellevue Law, weighs up the pros and cons.

  • Demotion during post-pandemic restructuring

    Date:
    24 July 2020

    Demoting employees as part of a restructuring programme may offer a more favourable alternative to redundancies, but employers need to beware of the ramifications of making such contractual changes and to ensure the process followed is lawful. Paida Dube, employment law solicitor at DavidsonMorris, explains.

  • April 2020 employment law changes: Eight tasks for HR

    Date:
    19 March 2020

    Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines. As well as dealing with the ongoing impact of coronavirus (Covid-19), important issues for HR in April 2020 include changes to written statements of terms and conditions, the introduction of parental bereavement leave and pay, and changes to the law on calculating holiday pay for workers with irregular hours.

  • Written statements of employment terms: What is changing in April 2020?

    Date:
    10 January 2020

    Significant changes to the rules on written statements of terms and conditions of employment take effect from 6 April 2020. We set out what employers need to know.

  • Suspension in relation to safeguarding concerns should be used sparingly

    Date:
    28 March 2019

    Although a recent Court of Appeal decision concerning suspension in relation to safeguarding concerns provides an element of reassurance for employers, consultant editor Darren Newman explains why suspension should still be used only sparingly.

  • The suspension of teachers when allegations against them concern the safeguarding of children

    Date:
    22 January 2019

    With the Court of Appeal due to hear the appeal against the High Court decision in Agoreyo that the suspension of a teacher was a repudiatory breach of contract, consultant editor Darren Newman looks at the issue of suspension when it relates to safeguarding concerns.

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