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Latest Employment law articles

  • Consultation on the operation of restrictive covenants or non-compete clauses

    Consultation on the operation of restrictive covenants or non-compete clauses

    The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS for short) has given notice that it is seeking views on proposed changes to the operation of post-termination clauses in contracts of employment (more commonly referred to as "restrictive covenants" or "non-compete clauses"). The prospect that the creation of business initiatives (and employment opportunities) may be undermined by the introduction of restrictions on covenants will be a matter many business owners and managers will wish to consider carefully.

  • Expiry of the Brexit Transition Period and employers – the end of free movement

    Expiry of the Brexit Transition Period and employers – the end of free movement

    With it now being less than one month until the expiry of the Brexit transition period (ending at 11pm on 31 December 2020), it is more important than ever for employers to consider the practical changes that will come into effect for employing workers from overseas come 1 January 2021 and how these changes will impact their business and their employment practices.

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - recent changes in relation to holiday pay

    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - recent changes in relation to holiday pay

    Following the Scheme being extended until the end of March 2021, several small changes have been made to the sets of guidance made available to the public by the UK government. One of the most recent changes (published on 1 December 2020), which details the operation of holiday pay in connection with the Scheme, should be carefully considered by employers who are currently using, or looking to make use of the Scheme – especially those employers looking to use the Scheme over the festive period.

  • Are workers due the same Health and Safety rights as employees?

    Are workers due the same Health and Safety rights as employees?

    Over the past few years, there has been an increasing body of case law relating to the varying rights given to, and the distinction between, the different classifications of "employees", "workers" and "self-employed". A recent case considered this matter from a health and safety perspective and has significant implications for organisations that engage workers.