Avoiding the worst sort of hangover from a Christmas party

‘Tis the season to be merry, so it’s time for the annual Christmas party; but for many employers it’s often more fraught than fun, as wherever and whenever the event takes place, it’s still an extension of the working environment.


Changes to Tax-free Termination Payments

On the 24 July 2015, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs published a consultation document on the taxation of payments made to employees at the time of termination.


More Parents Can Ask For Time Off From Next Month

New rules for parents wanting time off to look after their children will come into force in April


Shared Parental Leave

Read about the provisions that are due to come into force concerning shared parental leave



The European court weighs in with obesity verdict


Be Careful If You’re Leaving Employees Alone This Christmas

As the countdown to the festive season gets underway, employers juggling the holiday requests are being reminded to check their policy for lone workers.


Compromise Agreements – are they on the way out?

This employment briefing deals with Compromise Agreement and how they are likely to change in the future.


Employment Tribunal fees

Will there be fees payable in Employment Tribunal cases in the future?

It looks as though (from next year) Lawyers will no longer be advising their clients that the Tribunal process is cheaper than the County Court (where fees have always been payable)!


Inappropriate Use of Social Media

The ever increasing use of social media sites such as Facebook is beginning to impinge on employment law as my briefing explains!


Employers – watch what you write!

A recent Court of Appeal decision is a salutary lesson about the unintended consequences of what you write to your employees


Pension contributions

One of the recipients of these Briefings has asked me whether an employer is legally obliged to keep paying into a pension fund as part of an employee’s remuneration package where the employee chooses to keep working beyond what was the previous “normal retirement age”?



There is a natural tension between the position of the employer and that of the employee – the employer wanting not to end up being sued for a reference provided; and the employee wanting to ensure that he or she gets as many complimentary remarks included in it as possible.


Regional Mediation Pilot Scheme Launched & Unfair Dismissal Qualifying Period

Consultation on how to resolve workplace disputes other than through the Employment Tribunal Service


Changes in 2012

Changes to the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims and the increase in limits for working out statutory redundance payments and compensation awards


Employment Law Changes Next Year

What changes are actually going to happen in the near future in employment law, and what other changes are simply proposed.


Social Media

This briefing looks at the way employers could deal with employees use of social media and an update on the national minimum wage for work experience students/interns


Statistics and Reporting Accidents

2010/2011 statistics released by the Employment Tribunal that may be relevant to employers or employees


Costs in an Employment Tribunal Claim

The matter of costs is of paramount consideration for employers and employees when deciding whether to bring or defend an employment tribunal claim.