• 19 Sep 2018

    How will employment law change post-Brexit?

    By Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst While the political maelstrom continues to surround Brexit, practical aspects, such as how organisations will operate after the UK leaves the EU, don’t grab the headlines often enough. It’s still unclear, for example, what will happen to the laws governing employment and labour movement once the UK leaves the EU. But at least we now have the long-awaited report from the...
    • 29 Aug 2018

    Does sleep-in time count for the NMW?

    By Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst, CIPD Court cases decided in employers’ favour can sometimes leave organisations feeling no better off. The Court of Appeal recently had to decide, in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake , whether care assistants sleeping overnight at their workplaces, to be on hand for those they care for, were entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for the whole period, as they claimed...
    • 26 Jul 2018

    Do we need new rules on employment status?

    By Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst The gig economy continues to blur the lines between legal definitions of employment status that weren’t that clear in the first place. Short-term, flexible and independent working has always featured in the labour market but the advent of digital platforms is making the practice more prevalent. Government research published in February found that around 2.8 million out of the...
    • 8 May 2018

    GDPR: the final countdown!

    By Holly Ivins , Law Content Analyst at the CIPD The new General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25 May 2018. The new rules are intended to meet the needs of a digital age, and require a change in organisational attitude towards data privacy. HR has a crucial role to play in achieving the new goal of data protection by design and default. With only 13 working days to go the law content team have some...
    • 2 Mar 2018

    Time’s running out for gender pay gap reporting

    By Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst, CIPD Sex inequality at work is barely out of the headlines these days. But usually what we’re reading about is either fresh allegations of sexual harassment in one sector or another, or continuing fallout from cases already in the public domain. While we’re gasping at the latest horror stories of inappropriate behaviour, it would be easy to forget about inequalities...
    • 28 Nov 2017

    Confused about GDPR? No need to panic

    By Toni McAlindin, barrister and CIPD tutor Out of nowhere, employers have suddenly become interested in data protection. Having lectured for over 20 years on the subject, it all seems rather bizarre. Of course, it is not because employers have suddenly seen the light, but more likely because new legislation is looming and there is a great deal of confusion as to what is required. We have had data protection...
    • 14 Nov 2017

    Uber drivers are ‘workers’ – but why does this matter?

    By Jill Evans, Law Content Analyst, CIPD The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently decided that drivers working for the taxi app, Uber, are not self-employed as the company maintained, with no employment rights, but workers, entitled to paid holiday and the national minimum wage. The judgment endorses an employment tribunal’s finding last year and is the latest in a long line of such cases involving minicab...
    • 3 Oct 2017

    How to prepare for GDPR 2018

    By Sandra Madigan, Law Content Manager HR, CIPD As you work through your organisation assessments in readiness for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), take stock and consider the Data Protection Bill , which came out this month . The Bill aims to uphold cyber security and privacy of information, and introduces new offences such as altering, destroying or concealing information requested by an individual under...
    • 22 Sep 2017

    Knowing the law and getting it right

    By Sandra Madigan, Law Content Manager HR, CIPD Following the introduction of the employment tribunal fee system in July 2013, claims dropped dramatically, by over 70 per cent. The Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the requirement to pay a fee, to lodge a claim and go to hearing, must cease with immediate effect means that the number of claims being made will almost certainly rise as dramatically as they fell...