Employment (for employees)

Self-employed vs employed – a case study

Self-employed vs employed – a case study

A report published earlier this week from the IPPR thinktank has called Britain the “self-employment capital of western Europe” following figures which shows that the growth of self-employment in the UK has been the fastest of all western European counties over the past year.

In the past 13 years, the number of self-employed people has grown by more than 1.5million to 4.5million which accounts for 15% of the labour force.

What does this mean for the average Jane?

Whistleblowing on Coronation Street

Whistleblowing on Coronation Street

Move over Carla, there’s a new employment law shirker in town. Todd, the new business man on the block (didn’t he become a solicitor in London?) has been taken on at his brother’s building yard to help run the business. Part of his new role is to order in materials for building jobs. Todd, being the no-good-guy that he is, decided that he wanted to make a bit of money on the side and has bought materials which are unsuitable for the required use.

Obesity and employment law

Obesity and employment law

There is currently a Danish case – Kaltoft v The Municipality of Billund - in the European Court of Justice concerning obesity, and whether this can be classed as a disability. The ECJ referred the issue to the Advocate General for an opinion on the law before progressing with the claim.

What you need to know about non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements

What you need to know about non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements

You may be asked to sign what is often referred to as a settlement agreement as part of arrangements for the termination of your employment.  We deal with these agreements on a daily basis for both employees and employers. Such agreements often contain provisions relating to confidentiality and non-disclosure. 

Understanding your maternity rights at work

Understanding your maternity rights at work

You may be going through a roller-coaster of emotions whilst you are pregnant and as a new mother. World Breastfeeding Week highlights the need to support parents and their choices. A mother may decide to breastfeed and therefore would look to get all the support she can get, from family and friends, whilst taking her baby out and also options that are available at work.

Social media and the workplace: why employment law is vital

Social media and the workplace: why employment law is vital

Social media in business can bring a multitude of benefits. Promotions and advertising. The sharing of thought and views. Boosting profile and publicity. The list goes on.

Used effectively, social media can encourage web hits, widen stakeholder reach, and positively impact on your bottom line. However, sometimes the boundaries between work and personal use can become blurred and lead to an unnecessarily messy conclusion.

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Reintroduction of employment tribunal fees?

In a surprising announcement, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has confirmed that it may reintroduce fees for employment tribunal claims.  This would be a surprising U-turn by the government which was criticised for its tribunal fee structure which was introduced in 2013.  The fee structure was decl

Inheritance tax changes

The recent Budget saw the Chancellor announce reforms to Inheritance Tax rules which were widely expected following the Conservative Party’s General Election victory.  Currently, a married couple are able to access allowances of £325,000 each, which can be doubled up and applied as a single allow

Grandmother with Grandchild

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