Case law

Chell v Tarmac: Court of Appeal denies vicarious liability for prank gone wrong

The Court of Appeal yesterday (12 January) upheld the High Court’s decision that building materials company Tarmac was not liable for injuries suffered by a member of staff as a result of an employee...

Petty or not – ignore grievances at your peril

Employers have an obligation to investigate genuine disclosures of information or whistleblowing complaints, and a failure to do so could lead to dissension and unwelcome interference.

Admirable gig-worker proposals by Brussels lack reality

Those of us who work in the employment status world breathe a collective sigh whenever it is suggested that the solution to the employment status problem is implementing an easy test that everyone can...

12 months of 2021: March

It was another year of turbulence for people professionals. Our 12 Days of Christmas countdown reviews what made the headlines in 2021.

In what circumstances should a worker’s right to paid holiday be pro-rated?

The Supreme Court is considering in what circumstances a worker’s right to paid holiday should be pro-rated. In Harpur Trust vs Brazel, a music teacher engaged to work during term time only (a...

Recent developments in employment law

Staying on top of all relevant case law and consultations pertaining to the field of HR can be difficult. Here David Ashmore and Alison Heaton provide a rundown of the most recent developments.

Can an employee lose their job for the actions of their relatives?

Benedict Plowden, the director of Transport for London (TfL), has stepped down amid reports that his wife is a core member of Insulate Britain, the protest group which is causing widespread disruption...

Everything you need to know about redundancy and the end of furlough

The clock on the government's furlough scheme is ticking. The scheme, which has been a crucial lifeline to thousands of businesses up and down the country during the pandemic, is now entering its...

Deadline passes for care workers to receive mandatory first jab

Under new rules effective from 11 November, all those working in Care Quality Commission-registered, adult care-home in England must be fully vaccinated or be medically exempt.

Major rise in race discrimination claims in 2020

Employment tribunals in the UK saw a 48% rise in the number of race discrimination claims in 2020, according to new data stemming from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

Employers risking fines for National Minimum Wage breaches

Businesses are at increased risk of landing heavy fines for unintentional National Minimum Wage (NMW) breaches, according to Grant Thornton UK.

IR35 regs highlight need to clarify employment status

HR has been warned that HMRC are likely to challenge the status of more consultants following changes to IR35 regulations.