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What’s new in employment law in 2017?

Tribunal Fees The big news in employment law in 2017 is that the Supreme Court (on the application of Unison the trade union) has declared that fees in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals tribunal are unlawful.  The story goes something like this: prior to July 2013 employees and former employees could make claims to an Employment Tribunal without charge. In July 2013 the Government introduced a fee system whereby claimants had to pay a fee to submit a claim and another to go ahead with a full hearing, the laudable rationale being that the introduction of fees would significantly...
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Which voice are you?

Katie is a Connector (with a bit of Nurturer), Debbie is a Nurturer, and I’m mostly a Connector with a bit of Nurturer and Pioneer thrown in.  If you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about, follow the link and take the free assessment yourself https://5voices.com/ . The 5 Voices is a tool developed by GiANT Worldwide (a global leadership consultancy) to help leaders communicate effectively with everyone they lead.  Can you remember the last team or Board meeting you attended?  What did you notice?  Were some people heard more than others even though everyone was speaking?  Did you come...
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The gig economy and employment status

We are often told by economists and journalists that we live in a gig economy: a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term or free-lance contracts as opposed to permanent jobs. There has also been a lot in the Press recently about companies such as Uber and Deliveroo, who have sought to classify their workforce as self-employed, rather than employed, in order to take advantage of transient working practices and limited employment rights. Indeed, a Work and Pensions Committee has warned that “unscrupulous” employers are in a position to exploit low paid and low skilled workers.  The Committee has...
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When is a contractor not a contractor?

  We are often told by economists and journalists that we live in a gig economy: a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term or free-lance contracts as opposed to permanent jobs.   Over 15% of working people in the UK are now self-employed.   To some extent, such an economy favours businesses over individuals as it means they can take on labour without shouldering the burden of employee rights, which can be costly.  Indeed, a Government report has warned that “unscrupulous” employers are in a position to exploit low paid and low skilled workers.  On the flip side for self-employed...
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Brexit: what next for EU citizens working in the UK?

Following the Brexit vote and as Head of Employment Law at MBM, one of the main questions that I have been asked by entrepreneurs and business owners has been around the issue of EU citizenship and working in the UK. The question is whether EU citizen employees working in the UK should be encouraged to get a UK passport.  Once the UK leaves the EU, EU citizens will no longer have the automatic right to reside and work in the UK unless they have already obtained permanent residency. The ‘Leave’ campaign have however indicated they are keen to preserve the...
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