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Employment Law News Updates

Here we publish information on the latest employment law news stories

In the recent decision in Peninsula Business Services Ltd v Donaldson UKEAT/0249/15, the EAT held that suspension of childcare vouchers during maternity leave was not discriminatory. In this short Article Emplaw Online contributors, Penningtons Manches, explore the consequences of the decision on how childcare vouchers may be provided. Subscribers can also see the Emplaw Online case summary.

This article summarises the current need to know information for employers and their advisors. It explains the new Approved English Apprenticeship regime and the contractual requirements for engaging an apprentice. It also looks at funding arrangements and links to information on apprenticeship arrangements in the rest of the United Kingdom

The February 2016 edition of Emplaw Monthly includes all the latest employment law news as well as professional case summaries (for subscribers) and links to an excellent article on the draft Pay Gap Reporting regulations and what employers need to do now, as well as an updated article (following the recent EAT decision in Lock v British Gas) summarising holiday entitlements such as carry-over of holiday and the calculation of holiday pay.

Emplaw Online authors Gowling WLG have published an excellent guide which unpacks the 'who, when, where and what' of the draft regulations and their potential impact on employers including what employers should be doing now

In our Contributor Features section we list and link to selected articles published by the authors of the Emplaw Online law cards. This month we link to an excellent blog posted by barrister Nathaniel Caiden from Cloisters entitled Early conciliation: the tide is turning towards a liberal interpretation. He considers the latest EAT case and analyses the approach that ETs are likely to take going forward

This article summarises 6 key developments to look out for in 2016 and what employers should do in anticipation. A more comprehensive overview of expected changes is found in our article Employment Law 2016 - Checklist 

This article provides a checklist of the main legislative developments and judicial decisions expected in 2016.


In parallel with the Immigration Bill, the government launched a consultation seeking views on ways to improve the enforcement of employment rights (such as non- payment of the National Minimum Wage) to protect workers from exploitation. The government response has now been published. This article summarises the measures, including expanding the remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority,to be taken forward 

In our Contributor News section we list and link to articles published by the authors of the emplaw law cards. This month, one of our Pension card authors,Ian Curry from Wragge Lawrence Graham provided this article - Pensions 2016 – Six Things to Watch.

The December 2015 edition of Emplaw Monthly includes links to the new Acas Guide on Disability Discrimination and the TUC guidance on time off and pay for parents entering into surrogacy arrangements, as well as professional case summaries(for subscribers).