Employment Law Explained

What’s in a Settlement Agreement?

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iStock 000029970108XSmall Whats in a Settlement Agreement?   compromise agreements In the run up to Christmas many people find themselves with an unseasonal Christmas present: a Settlement Agreement.

Settlement Agreements used to be called Compromise Agreements until last July, when the Government felt it necessary to revise the name (why?).  Despite the change of name, they do the same thing: allow employer and employee to bury the hatchet (not necessarily in each other’s head of course) and because, if properly conducted, an employer can now approach an employee they feel is not performing and suggest a without prejudice exit, their use ought to be on the increase.

Garden leave: Can it be too long?

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Could you spend 12 months here?

Do you like gardening? For many stressed and overworked employees the prospect of being placed on an extended period of garden leave might sound attractive. You remain an employee, you still get paid and although you have to be available to assist with any work that might arise, you don’t have to attend the office. Sound like fun?

What Makes a Good Networking Group?


Over the last few years I’ve done huge amounts of networking; not just online but in the real world, meeting new people, connecting with old contacts, drinking gallons of coffee, a few glasses of wine or beer and along the way I’ve been wondering what works and what doesn’t.

There are no end of articles on the net about how to be a good networker, the do’s the don’ts and the gaping chasms to avoid (don’t sell to the room!!!!), at what point of the “encounter” can you decently hand out your business card and so on, but there seems less content on what makes for a successful meeting.

How to enforce payment of Tribunal awards?


It’s all very well having a forum for resolving employment disputes, with laws designed to protect against unfair dismissal, non payment of wages, discrimination, breach of contract etc, but what if the employer can’t or won’t pay?

Failure to pay by recalcitrant employers is a major issue, so much so that the Government is considering reforming the current system. At the moment an Employee who is awarded compensation following a successful claim at an ET can use either  the County Court  or can use the High Court Sheriff’s Fast Track recovery procedure.

Workplace Pensions Auto-enrolment – A Comprehensive Guide for Employers

Author: This article was written by Thomas Nash, a graduate in Economics from the University of Manchester, now working at PensionReviews.com;  raising awareness of the need for people to be adequately prepared for their retirement financially by getting a regular pension review.

What is Auto-enrolment?

Why Business Education is Important for Lawyers

Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
— Samuel Johnson

Must Christians Work on Sundays?

This week will see employment law hit the headlines again as another case on religious discrimination is heard in the Court of Appeal. The case of Celestina Mba has already attracted considerable attention both at the Employment Tribunal, and then the Employment Appeal Tribunal.  It has been billed by the press, particularly the Daily Telegraph, as being about the right of Christians to be forced to work on Sundays. However, it isn’t as simple as that and it should not be seen as a battle over whether Christians have the right to refuse to work on Sundays or not.  It is not that straightforward and the Mr Justice Langstaff sitting  in the EAT said of the case;

The PHA1997 Resurrected?


Last week I got on an indecently early train and went to the Birmingham NEC for a one day employment law update course. In one day I finally got in the remaining six hours CPD I needed to keep practicing for a reasonable sum (*)

There were two main things I learned from the day. The first is that any train that costs only £10 each way from Watford Junction to Birmingham International is not going to be a nice, fast Pendolino with table, power socket and coffee on tap. No, it’s London Midland for you matey and it stops everywhere, about every ten minutes. Seats and windows yes; coffee no. Still it was cheaper to travel to Birmingham (about 100 miles away) than to London, which is only 25 miles from where I live.

The Dilbert Principle

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“I wrote The Dilbert Principle around the concept that in many cases the least competent, least smart people are promoted, simply because they’re the ones you don’t want doing actual work. You want them ordering the doughnuts and yelling at people for not doing their assignments—you know, the easy work. Your heart surgeons and your computer programmers—your smart people—aren’t in management. That principle was literally happening everywhere.”

Scott Adams

What To Look For When Hiring Someone

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If you’re responsible for finding someone to fill a job vacancy, it can be a challenging experience. You feel a weight of responsibility not just to get the right person for the company but also to treat the applicants fairly in order to reward the best candidate.

The problem is that almost any job requires a whole collage of skills and attributes. Your applicants will boast different skills and personalities and it can be hard to make comparison with so many factors at play. Clearly, there will be non-negotiables specific to the job in question, but beyond that it can be hard to weigh up so many variables. Here are a few general qualities to concentrate on, whether you are interviewer or interviewee.