Commentary and analysis

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  • 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.

  • 2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

    Date:
    9 January 2020

    The new year begins with a new government, the prospect of Brexit and a number of employment law developments already on the horizon. What does HR need to do to meet its obligations and prepare for the year ahead?

  • 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.

  • Putting a stop to the misuse of NDAs

    Date:
    22 March 2019

    After the government this month outlined plans to outlaw the unethical use of non-disclosures agreements, Michael Hibbs looks at situations where confidentiality clauses can benefit the employer and employee alike.

  • The Good Work Plan: how should employers prepare?

    Date:
    21 February 2019

    In December 2018, the Government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan, its response to the Taylor review. Katee Dias examines the main proposals.

  • Non-compete clause case should give business pause for thought

    Date:
    28 January 2019

    Businesses, particularly in the finance, technology, pharma, IT and manufacturing sectors use non-compete provisions to protect against potentially unfair competition by their employees. But one case being considered in the Supreme Court, could force their approach to change, writes lawyer Michael McCartney.

  • 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.

  • Three things to consider when hiring Christmas temps

    Date:
    21 November 2018

    With the festive season almost upon us, and the Black Friday sales beginning this week, many employers are looking for temporary workers to assist over the busy Christmas period. Philip Richardson at law firm Stephensons looks at the dos and don'ts when recruiting temps.

  • Nine steps to complying with the 2018 trade secrets regulations

    Date:
    30 October 2018

    Earlier this year, the European Union introduced a new directive to protect trade secrets and confidential information. Charlotte Marshall of law firm Blake Morgan explains what employers need to do to prevent staff from misusing commercially sensitive information.

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