Employment Law News Updates

Here we publish information on the latest employment law news stories

This Article provides a summary of the employment related provisions set out in the Immigration Bill 2015/16 which had its First Reading in the House of Commons on 17 September 2015.

Lewis Silkin (who draft the Trade Union cards for Emplaw Online) consider the judgment of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) in CHEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD v Komisia za zashtita ot diskriminatsias which seems to remove the requirement that a claimant has the same characteristic as the protected group in order to bring an indirect discrimination claim.

Not quite but the government backed Fit for Work (FFW) Service is now available for employers across England and Wales to refer employees who have been off work for four weeks or more. It has been available for GP referrals since July. For more information see the guide for employers and the Emplaw key card on Sickness, illness and accidents

The latest edition of Emplaw Monthly includes the latest cases and employment law news including links to new Acas equality guides and information on the government's National Minimum Wage Campaign.

As the children head back to school, an article on the rights to flexible working and time off for parents and carers

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