“Working people need more than vague promises” says the Trade Union Congress

Summary of the Queens speech 2017: What it means for you The Queens speech was delivered on the 21st of June 2017 in the House of Parliament. The purpose of this speech was to define the Minority Government’s legislative programme that the UK will see take effect over the next two years. Regarding employment issues, the

Understanding Employment Status , The Risks of Getting it Wrong and What You Can Do To Avoid Them

UK employment laws are extremely complex and with the government introducing regular changes, many UK employers often struggle to keep up to date and keep their business compliant. The thought of complying with these complex UK employment laws often leaves business owners concerned and unsure about employing staff directly and so many choose instead to

Employment Status: Supreme Court dismisses Pimlico Plumbers’ appeal

Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down its eagerly sought verdict on the employment status of plumber, Gary Smith. In the unanimous vote, the Supreme Court dismissed Pimlico Plumbers’ appeal and upheld earlier rulings that Mr Smith was in fact a worker and not a self-employed contractor. In this case, the Supreme Court had to conclude:

Does ‘misconduct’ need to be ‘gross’ to make a dismissal (without prior warnings) fair?

Does dismissal need to be ‘gross’ to make a dismissal fair? No, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Quintiles Commercial v Barongo. In this case, the Claimant worked in pharmaceutical sales and found themselves dismissed on the grounds of misconduct after failing to complete compliance training and not attending a compulsory training course. On appeal,