Employee Shareholders – any takers? Not likely

This month saw the introduction of a new type of employee, an ’employee shareholder’. An employee shareholder receives at least £2,000 worth of company shares in the employer company in return for giving up employment rights. The grant of the shares may attract tax benefits. The employee shareholder status only applies if the following procedure […]

Not in my house you don’t! Bed and Breakfast and the Sexual Orientation Regulations

You may have personal experience of holidays that could well feature on a television programme called ‘holidays from hell’. Well this case concerns a bed and breakfast business that was less than welcoming to same-sex couples. In the case of Black v Wilkinson,the Court of Appeal has held that Mrs Wilkinson’s bed and breakfast business […]

The Queen’s Speech 2013

The Queen’s Speech was delivered on 8 May 2013 and set out to the government’s plans to make changes which have implications for employment law. Among the plans are changes relating to National Insurance contributions, immigrant workers and the Employment Tribunal’s power to make wider recommendations in discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010. The […]

Terms and Conditions of Employment – TUPE Amendment Regulations

The Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (or TUPE for short) have been with us since 1981. They were amended in 2006 and the Government is making further changes which it has published this week. TUPE exists to ensure that the rights of employees are protected in the event of the sale of a business or in […]

Costs Awards in Employment Tribunals

Costs awards in Employment Tribunals remain the exception rather than the rule. However, a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment shows that even extremely high costs awards may be made in suitable cases. InVaughanv London Borough of Lewishama costs award of £87,000 against an unsuccessful Claimant was upheld even though the Claimant was unrepresented and there […]

Restrictive Covenants

We have seen a run of cases where the Courts have adopted a hard-line approach to the interpretation of restrictive covenants. The eagerly awaited Court of Appeal decision in Coppage & Another v Safety Net Security Limited handed down in October made surprising and some might say bad law. Mr Coppage was Business Development Director […]

Protected conversations – what does this change for employers?

In short, not a lot really until we find out how the courts explain how this works in practice. Prior to the introduction of protected conversations or pre-termination negotiations as they referred to in legislation, employers relied upon without prejudice conversations to talk to employees about terminating their employment. In simple terms, without prejudice means […]

Introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees

The new regime of charging fees in the Employment Tribunals is now in force. An employee wishing to bring a claim againsthis/her employer inan Employment Tribunal will now have to pay a fee unless he or she qualifies for the fee to be waived. How much will an employee have to pay? The amount of […]

TUPE changes

The draft TUPE amendment regulations have now been published due to be in force January 2014. This follows consultation this year by the Government on changes. This arose from concerns that the regulation caused difficulties for businesses in practice and went beyond the requirements of the European legislation, the Acquired Rights Directive. A number of […]