2018 is over and it was a big one in the world of employment law, where things never seem to stand still. Rather than look back at the year that was, however, more than ever it is important to look to the future and what 2019 could bring.
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Latest articles from Ewan Stafford
The UK’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement gives greater clarity to the legal landscape once the UK officially leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. So, as it stands, what does it mean for EU workers in the UK?
Last week, the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgement in Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and Others. The Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal, holding that the bakery would have refused the particular cake to anyone regardless of their personal characteristics. This case is a high profile example of situations that may become more and more common for employers, that of the clash between two protected characteristics. Although this was a case regarding the provision of services, rather than employment, there have been examples of similar conflicts in the workplace.
National Minimum Wage and 'sleep overs' - when is a worker entitled to NMW when sleeping in at work?
The Court of Appeal has decided that workers who "sleep in" are only entitled to be paid the national minimum wage when they are awake to carry out relevant duties.
In what has been a tumultuous week the Government has at long last published its White Paper on what a future relationship with the EU would look like. The long-awaited White Paper is aimed at ensuring trade co-operation, with no hard border for Northern Ireland, and global trade deals for the UK.