Employment

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
27th April 2017

We take a look at some recent cases on this area around service provision changes. The definition of Service Provision Change (SPC) is found at Regulation 3(1)(b) of TUPE and is as follows: (i) activities cease to be carried out by a ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
1st March 2017

Today (1st March 2017) the main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 have come into force. Some of the main changes are highlighted below. Increase in ballot thresholds For strike or industrial action to be lawful from 1st March ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
19th January 2017

As a business, have you resolved this year to be more efficient? less stressed by HR issues? Or do you need some support with employment law matters? If so, we have created a service that has helped our small to medium sized clients ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
15th December 2016

This update highlights a recent case which considers whether a company was liable for an employee’s attack on a fellow employee at a Christmas party. It is the case of Bellman v. Northampton Recruitment Ltd and it involves looking at ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th November 2016

In the recent case of Grange v Abellio London Limited  the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered the rules around rest breaks under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (the Regulations). Regulation 12 deals with rest breaks and states ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
2nd November 2016

The question of what someone’s status is, i.e. whether they are an employee, worker or genuinely self employed, has long been a complex area of law and frustrating for employers and lawyers alike. It is important because each has its ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
19th October 2016

The on-going saga of Mr Lock’s case against British Gas has recently been to the Court of Appeal.  You will recall we have looked at this case previously in our news updates. In brief, Mr Lock was engaged on a basic salary plus ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
5th October 2016

ACAS have published a new guide to help employers whose employees who may have life threatening or long term illnesses.  It is hoped this guidance will be useful to employers bearing in mind the number of employees who suffer from ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
22nd September 2016

The following hourly rates of National Minimum Wage (NMW) will apply from 1 October 2016: The rate for workers aged 21 to 24 will be £6.95. The development rate (workers aged 18 to 20) will be £5.55. The young workers rate ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
8th September 2016

This is an age old question and, from an employment lawyer’s view, it is one of the first questions to be asked with any commercial transaction: is it a TUPE transfer or not? But for those clients new to TUPE, their first question is ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
31st August 2016

It appears we are being bombarded with reports and statistics about how women and new mothers are being treated in workplace. Previously it was the TUC report into the increase in sexual harassment in the workplace, then we heard ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th August 2016

An investigation into potential disciplinary matters is important for various reasons.   For example, any dismissal based on a poor investigation would be likely to be found unfair as any decision by a dismissing officer needs to be ...