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Employment Law News Updates

Here we publish information on the latest employment law news stories

How far can an employer go in specifying how employees present at work, while staying within the law?

Click here for a five minute podcast from Emplaw Online authors Gowling WLG, giving an overview of the main points for employers to watch out for when designing their workplace dress codes. 

Following the election, we published an article entitled The Tory's manifesto promises on employment law – what are they and can they be delivered?. Click here for the latest article, following the Queen's speech which explains what survived the cull and what employment specialists need to know

Jacques Algazy QC and Nathaniel Caiden, authors of Emplaw Online content on post termination restrictions, consider whether the case of Egon Zehnder Ltd v Tillman [2017] EWHC 1278 (Ch) (summarised here) marks the start of a trend whereby restrictive covenants against employees will be increasingly upheld owing to an employer’s ‘future intention’ of the employees’ progress (that is promotions and increasing seniority).

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An article addressing the question whether employers can and should offer enhanced contractual maternity pay to mothers, but only statutory shared parental leave pay to fathers? This article is by Emplaw Online authors Gowling WLG and follows the recent tribunal case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Limited which found that an employer directly discriminated against a male employee in only offering statutory pay if he took shared parental leave, whereas female colleagues taking maternity leave were entitled to enhanced contractual maternity pay.

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The manifesto was stated by PM Theresa May to be ‘the greatest expansion in workers’ rights by any Conservative government in history’. This article examines those pledges and the likelihood of delivery.


An invite from Emplaw Contributors Moorcrofts to a free seminar aimed at employers interested in questions such as:  Do you know what steps you can take to obtain proof that an employee may be breaching their obligations and what can you do to enforce any restrictions?

The event takes place near Marlow in the Thames Valley on 29th June 9-11:30am. For more information click here and to register, please click here


With less than a year to go before the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, Emplaw Online authors Moorcrofts take a look at the effect of Brexit  and explain the key differences from the current  data protection regime in the contect of the employer/employee relationship.

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Click here for the End of  May 2017 edition of Emplaw Monthly which reviews the latest employment law news including the new online home for EAT decisions, the Low Pay Commission consultation on the impact of the National Living Wage and the report from the Work and Pensions Committee on the gig economy, as well as professional case summaries of the latest key cases (for subscribers).

An article by Emplaw Online authors Gowling WLG on the impact of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for pension scheme operators. With a year to go to implementation, all employers, not just pension scheme operators, will need to prepare. The ISO has published guidance including '12 Steps to Take Now' . At Emplaw Online,  we will be publishing more information over the coming months and for our existng exstensive list of guides on data protection, click here

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In a decision that has implications not only for doctors but for all agency workers in the UK, the CA rejected the EAT decision that the existence of a contract of employment between a junior doctor and an NHS Trust meant here was no room and so no scope to bring a whistleblowing claim against Health Education England as a body which deploys doctors in training. This article is posted by Emplaw Online authors Cloisters here