Employment Law News Updates

Here we publish information on the latest employment law news stories

Emplaw author and barrister from Cloisters, Declan O'Dempsey has published a detailed and incisive blog on how the AG’s much publicised opinion in this case (concerning the wearing of an Islamic headscarf at work) represents a new, and dangerous, analysis of the concept of direct discrimination and appears to weaken the protection given to religion and belief under European Law.

The May 2016 edition of Emplaw Monthly includes articles on the Trade Union Act, the Enterprise Act and the Immigration Act (all of which were passed in May 2016) as well as articles on the impact of the EU Referendum on employment matters, and  news on the government’s Call for Evidence on non-compete clauses. 

 

A pithy article which summarises how Brexit would affect UK employment law, highlighting some potential specific changes and explaining that the reality depends on the politics of future UK governments and the subject matter of the cases that come before the courts.

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 articles from Gowling WLG on the EU Referendum - The Impact For Pensions, Tax And Employment Law

A summary of the progress of the Trade Union Bill, the accompanying consultations and impact assessments and the final provisions of the Trade Union Act which received Royal Assent on May 4th 2016.  

A short summary of the Enterprise Act 2016 (and relevant consultations) . The Act received Royal Assent on 4th May 2016

The April 2016 edition of Emplaw Monthly includes legislative changes as well as ICO guidance for organisations on how to prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulation, new Acas guides to combating sex discrimination in the workplace and employing apprentices and young workers as well as professional summaries (for subscribers) of this month’s key employment law cases. 

Whilst dealing with sickness is a common issue for employers, the systems of SSP and Contractual Sick pay repeatedly cause confusion. This Article answers some of the key questions including how to use fit notes, the impact of PHI schemes and the consequences of sickness during paid and unpaid holiday. The Article complements the Emplaw Sickness, illness and accidents: key card and our detailed guide on Pay during Sickness

The March 2016 edition of Emplaw Monthly includes all the April legislative changes such as the new statutory limits and financial penalties for employers who fail to pay tribunal financial awards, as well as professional case summaries (for subscribers). 

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.