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How to dismiss an employee with less than 2 years’ service?

20th July 2018

An employee needs 2 years’ service to claim unfair dismissal. Many employers are aware of this. We found that our clients can have contrasting assumptions or attitudes about dismissing an employee under 2 years. Many employers assume that they can safely dismiss for any reason, others are very conservative and are prepared to follow a […]

GDPR for employers

29th March 2018

We are sure this not the first blog article you read about GDPR and the threat of its €20,000,000 fine. One of the areas that is very often overlooked is data protection in the employment context. With the GDPR coming into force on 25th May 2018, it is a good time to be considering what […]

Commission only worker entitled to claim 13 years’ worth of holiday pay

22nd February 2018

At the end of last year whilst UK newspapers were busy rejoicing about Prince Harry having finally popped the question, the European Court of Justice delivered yet another blow to UK employers which should have a far greater impact on them than the royal wedding. The court found that Mr King, a commission only sales […]

Tips for Charity Trustees Dealing with Employee Disputes, Staff Issues, Grievances and Disciplinary Actions

24th October 2017

Employment law is the same for all employers. However, having worked for various charities over the years, we find that there are a number of common challenges, particularly around dealing with staff issues. Although the day to day work of most charities is managed by staff, the board of trustees (who are ultimately responsible for […]

Statutory or Contractual Sick Pay?

4th October 2017

According to the office for National Statistics, an estimated 137.3 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2016. This is equivalent to 4.3 days per worker. In our experience the average of 4.3 is only an average and we find that for many employers, it is more likely […]

Macron’s Historic French Employment Law Reform – What Will It Achieve?

6th September 2017

In our latest op-ed piece, Employease co-founder Julie Calleux examines the French Employment Law reforms proposed by President Macron and his government: During Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign, Mr Macron announced that he would reform employment law as one of several measures to tackle French unemployment. The reason given was that many employers, particularly in SMEs, […]

How To Negotiate A Job Offer

16th August 2017

I am often involved in negotiating terms of employment for new employees. I imagine job offer negotiations are a little like the discussions you would have when negotiating a prenuptial agreement. The recruitment process was the courtship and both parties are looking forward to a bright future.  The manager trying to woo the new employee […]

The End of Employment Tribunal Fees

26th July 2017

The Supreme Court has this week ruled that employment tribunal fees are unlawful. The government will now have to repay fees circa £32 million to claimants. We discuss how this changes everything. Employment tribunal fees were introduced in the summer of 2013 and since then any claimant has had to pay a fee to lodge […]

The Fight for Equal Pension Rights for Same-Sex Marriages

17th July 2017

The Supreme Court makes progress in equal pension rights for same-sex marriages Wednesday 12th of July 2017 saw a landmark decision from the Supreme Court in the UK. I’ll get into the meat of the decision shortly – what was truly surprising was not the decision itself, but the fact that it even needed to […]

An Employer’s Guide to Restrictive Covenants

5th July 2017

Let’s begin with what restrictive covenants actually are: simply put, they are clauses in employee contracts that are designed to restrict ex-employees from specific actions that could be seen as detrimental to the well-being of a business or its competitive advantage.  For example, an employee who leaves to set up a company of their own, […]