Employment Law News Updates

Here we publish information on the latest employment law news stories

This article provides a summary of the principles that apply to the taxation of sums paid under a settlement agreement and the ambitions of the current HMRC Consultation on reform. It also examines the issues involved in the recent case of A v HMRC.

For subscribers the topic is covered in further detail in law card Tax - Post Termination Issues

The recent edition of Emplaw Monthly includes the latest cases and employment law news including links to new Acas guidance on antenatal and adoption appointments and the rights of intended parents in a surrogacy arrangement.

Leading law firm Lewis Silkin examines the controversial new Trade Union Bill which has had its first reading in Parliament and may be law before the end of the year. http://www.lewissilkin.com/Journal/2015/July/The-Trade-Union-Bill.aspx#.VaegpvlVikp

Lewis Silkin write the topic specific law cards on Trade Unions for emplaw online. See for example https://www.emplaw.co.uk/lawguide/recognition

The budget announcement last week threw the concept of a living wage into the limelight. This article covers the differences between the three and how they are calculated..

A disgruntled ex-employee has always had the potential to harm (rightly or wrongly) the reputation of the employer and the growth of social media has made this a growing concern for employers. One of our Contributor firms, Penningtons Manches reports on a case which illustrates that an employee who has entered into a settlement agreement stating that they would not make disparaging or derogatory statements can be injuncted if they do.

See  http://sites.penningtons.vuturevx.com/33/1128/july-2015/employment-alert---9-july-(2).asp?sid=25af5742-ed9d-46fb-a410-e7939026ffbf

The recent edition of emplaw monthly includes the latest cases and employment law news including links to new Acas guidance on holiday pay.

The Government has announced the start of a review into employment tribunal fees and the remissions scheme but changes will not take place any time very soon. The review is expected to be completed later in the year and only then will there be a consultation before proposals, if any, for reforms will be implemented.

Contributor firm Penningtons Manches LLP has kindly allowed us to publish the new 2015 edition of the Multilaw guide to employment law around the world as a free ebook. It is found at https://www.emplaw.co.uk/How-to-Hire-and-Fire-Globally.pdf


The Queen’s Speech on 27 May 2015 covered a wide range of plans which will affect employment law - this article explains more, from the Trades Union Bill to the Extremism Bill and the many bills in-between.

As the dust settles on the election, we take a look at the employment law provisions contained in the Deregulation Act 2015 which obtained Royal Assent just before the 2010-2015 Parliament was prorogued.  The Act makes changes to health and safety law as it affects the self-employed; to limit the powers of employment tribunals to make recommendations; and to introduce the concept of an ‘approved English apprenticeship’