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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, […]

Top Tips for Managing Probation Periods

22nd June 2017

When you employ a new employee, you are trusting your recruitment process to be robust and to whittle out the people who are overselling themselves or simply can’t do the job. Reality kicks in when the new employee starts. In most circumstances, you will have got the recruitment process right, but what do you do […]

Q&A: Employee Holiday Entitlement and Holiday Pay Explained

13th June 2017

As we write this blog the rain is lashing off the window beside us, which must mean that it’s summer in Britain!  Summer is synonymous with holidays, but what is the entitlement to both time off and the right to be paid for it?  The law is surprisingly complicated here and there are still errors […]

Gender Pay Gap Information: does it apply to you?

12th December 2016

The final draft of the Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 has been published. Subject to parliamentary approval, it will take effect on 6th April 2017. It will require private sector employers (including charities) with 250 or more employees to publish certain information regarding the pay gap between men and women employed in […]

Uber decision: does it affect your business?

7th November 2016

There has been a lot of publicity over the preliminary hearing to decide the status of the Uber taxi drivers. Much of the publicity has reported the decision incorrectly, describing the drivers as employees. This was not the decision of the tribunal. The tribunal concluded that the drivers are workers. The decision (which is worth a […]