Employment Law News Updates

Here we publish information on the latest employment law news stories

The Trade Union (Wales) Act  which excludes certain provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016, from applying to 'devolved Welsh authorities' including the 40% threshold of support from members required for industrial action to be legal in important public services, came into force on 13th September.

At Emplaw Online we have summary guides to recent Acts, which are up to date, straight forward and set out the key provisions and consequent Regulations and Codes.

Usually available only to subscribers, we publish here the summary guide to the Trade Union Act 2016, updated to include TheTrade Union (Wales) Act 



Media speculation that employers can no longer monitor the communications of their employees is inaccurate. Emplaw Online author Siân McKinley comments on the recent judgment of Barbulescu v Romania and provides some practical points on how to avoid breaches of Article 8 in the workplace.

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Click here for the bumper End of Summer 2017 edition of Emplaw Monthly which reviews the latest employment law news including new principles for assessing pension loss in tribunals, the rise in Vento bands, plans for new UK data protection laws and publication of proposals for corporate governance reform- as well as links to our latest articles including Voluntary Overtime and Holiday Pay and an invitation to free employment law conferences in Nottingham, Birmingham and London  plus summaries of the latest key cases (for subscribers).

Emplaw Online authors Shakespeare Martineau invite HR professionals and senior managers with HR responsibility/awareness to conferences on Employing a workforce fit for a global future. Content will include a round up of key recent cases impacting on HR practice as well as optional workshops on 

  • Brexit and Immigration
  • Modern Ways of Working aka “Gig Economy”
  • Performance Management
  • Managing Absence

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Emplaw Online author, Nathaniel Caiden, considers the recent EAT judgment in Dudley MBC v Willetts UKEAT/0334/16/JOJ concerning the inclusion of voluntary overtime normally worked in calculating holiday pay

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Click here for an article by Emplaw Online authors, Gowling WLG which considers questions such as: What about fees already paid?: Are fees gone forever?: Will tribunals allow late claims?

Meanwhile a Guardian article here gives a useful summary of the politics involved.

Click here for an article from Emplaw Online on how to avoid discrimination whilst running an efficient recruitment process attracting applicants from around the world

Click here for the July 2017 edition of Emplaw Monthly which reviews the latest employment law news including the Welsh Assembly Bill to reverse the Trade Union Act 2016 as it applies to public service, updated  ICO Codes of Practice on Subject Access and CCTV and a Bill to provide for paid parental bereavement leave as well as links to our latest articles on the Matthew Taylor review, Working Time and Contractual Holiday, and  a podcast on How to Write a Dress code plus summaries of the latest key cases (for subscribers).

As employment specialists knew, it was never going to be simple... The outcome of the review has been published and there have been various headlines suggesting business groups have been generally positive, and unions and employment lawyers less so. Why is this? Click here for an article from Emplaw Online which takes an in-depth view of the key points. 

Issues of carry-over of holiday and the calculation of holiday pay cause headaches every day for employers, employees and advisors. This article, updated following the latest case law and the outcome of the Taylor review, provides a straight forward summary of the up to date law and the key cases on holiday entitlements. It examines the issues around carry over, including cases involving long term sickness and family leave and also how holiday pay is calculated