Illness, heavy lifting and unpredictability – How NOT to deal with pregnant individuals

Employment Law is a HUGE area.  I mean, after all, I never struggle for a blog-related topic due to Employment Law covering everything from unpaid ‘discretionary’ bonuses, unfair dismissal, unreasonable denial of job vacancy due to disability, discrimination due to being a part-time worker, breach of contract due to pension-related ageism and, of course, discrimination…

‘Jack’s Law’ provides two weeks’ statutory paid leave to bereaved parents

The government has published the statutory instruments which implement two weeks’ paid bereavement leave for parents upon the death of a child under the age of 18. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill and  the Statutory Bereavement Pay(General) Regulations 2020 and will come into force as of the 6th April 2020. This new legal…

Should Batman work in HR?

Last night, I watched the middle half of The Dark Knight Rises (the final Christian Bale Batman movie). It wasn’t planned and we didn’t even finish the move as it was part of a social evening with guests which ended in a random film to half chat over. However, there was one scene which caught…

Dismissed for saying that men are men and women are women

As I mentioned in the introduction to last month’s newsletter, the end of 2019 brought with it the most-talked about employment case of the year, even though it was a tribunal decision rather than coming from one of the higher courts, and is therefore not binding on other tribunals. Those (like me) who follow current…

IR35 – Government creates confusion over payroll taxation from April 2020 onwards…

IR35. If you know what the code refers to, you’re probably stifling a little groan. If you don’t, then I have the narrative role of explaining that IR35 legislation seeks to allow HMRC to demand that individuals who are ’employees in all but name’ as treated as if they are an employee (rather than self-employed)…

The Italian Job – How driving an Alfa Romeo relates to Settlement Agreements

I’ve recently returned from a New Year’s break driving an Alfa Romeo around Lake Como. Before that sounds too glamorous, let’s dial it back a bit and state that, firstly, we were in a small (but cute) apartment in a secluded spot next to the lake and, secondly, that we were upgraded for free three…