Employment and HR Articles

Age Discrimination and Retirement

Since the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA) in 2011, it is not permissible for an employer to dismiss an older worker on the...

The Right to Privacy and the Workplace

In the long-running case of Bărbulescu v Romania, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) looked at an employer's right to examine an employee's use...

Compensation for Injury to Feelings

Compensation in unfair dismissal cases is based on financial losses, but where the dismissal is also discriminatory, it is possible to claim damages for non-financial...

The GDPR – Will You Be Ready?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaces the EU Data Protection Directive, is a comprehensive data protection regime aimed at achieving a high level...

Pension Rights for Gay Spouses and Civil Partners

The Supreme Court has handed down a ruling which means that all married gay couples and civil partners should receive equal pension rights. Paragraph 18 of...

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Employment and HR News

Ageism and the Hazards of Referring to Seniority or Length of ServiceApril 18, 2018

References to 'seniority' or 'length of service' can all too easily be read as impermissible references to an employee's age, a point which was made...

Government Consults on Aspects of the Parental Bereavement BillMarch 28, 2018

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill was introduced into Parliament as a Private Members' Bill in July 2017. The Bill is being supported by...

Unfair Competition by Former Employees – The Law Can Move Fast!February 16, 2018

If key workers leave your employment and you are concerned that they may breach their contracts by setting up in competition, the law can move...

Government Responds to the Taylor Review of Employment PracticesFebruary 8, 2018

In October 2016, the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a...

Unfair Dismissal – What Matters is the Decision Maker’s MindsetFebruary 6, 2018

For an employee to succeed in a claim of unfair dismissal, they must be able to show that their employer has acted unreasonably, and unfair...

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