UK: employment law news December 2019

Following last week’s election victory for the Conservatives, employers contemplating what may lie ahead for employment law may welcome indications from the Conservative manifesto that it will largely be business as usual.  Unlike Labour, the Conservatives did not announce any radical new proposals and the focus on themes raised by the Theresa May-commissioned Taylor Review … Read more

UK: recent additions to Employment Notes

Updates recently added to our Employment Notes blog include updates on important rulings on unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, legal advice privilege and publicity for tribunal claims, as well as news on NDAs, the Conservative manifesto and other developments. Please click on Read More for a full list and links to the relevant posts.  Wishing all our … Read more

The UK general election 2019 – what lies ahead for employment law?

Employment rights have been a key political battleground during both the Brexit process and the current general election campaign and, unsurprisingly, the approaches of the two main political parties are very different.  On Brexit, the Conservatives seek to reserve the right to deviate from EU employment laws while also committing to maintain high standards of … Read more

UK: first instance tribunal decision that ‘workers’ covered by TUPE

An employment tribunal has ruled that ‘workers’, ie those who are not employed or self-employed but work under a contract personally to do work, qualify for protection under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. TUPE implements the EU Acquired Rights Directive, which provides for the transfer of rights and obligations arising from … Read more

Future of Work: Adapting to the democratised workplace

The new world of work: report warns of an unprecedented rise in workplace activism Across all sectors and geographies workers are becoming more vocal in articulating their views – about the workplace, their employer and about wider social issues – and increasingly holding organisations to account, enabled and amplified by social media. This trend is … Read more

UK: ECJ confirms scope of holiday carry over requirement

Caselaw has established that workers must be permitted to carry over statutory holiday entitlement to a new leave year where they have been unable or unwilling to take it due to sick leave. The ECJ has now confirmed that this only applies to the 4 week entitlement provided for by the EU Working Time Directive, … Read more