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…

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…

Costa Rica or bust – Lengthy periods of annual leave

A close friend is travelling to Costa Rica for nearly 3 weeks in the near future. Fortunately for him, his employer is very flexible in relation to lengthy periods of annual leave, so he can concentrate on more important matters, which include putting together a lengthy recommended inventory (containing over 50 items!) and receiving a…

Former chambermaid wins unfair dismissal claim after being sacked for having ‘dementia or Alzheimers’

Wendy Boyle was employed by the Respondent Steve Brundle, a Director of North Norfolk Ltd who are owners of the Dormy House Hotel, West Runton.  Mrs Boyle was employed from September 2015 – February 2018, seemingly without issue, until Mr Brundle dismissed her stating that he had no further need for a chambermaid as he…

No Claus for alarm – Santa’s Employment Law issues!

Christmas is here! Why do I say that? Well, partly because I watched Elf last night (and if you’re a big Elf fan, I recommend my blog on Buddy the Elf here) and, also, because I’ve got tickets to visit Friends Fest in London and Love Actually at the cinema within the next week –…

Slave labour? Fashion brand reported for offering unpaid internships

Samantha Cameron’s popular fashion brand Cefinn, has recently been reported to minimum wage officials following the publication of an advertisement for an unpaid internship. The advertisement stated that Cefinn was searching for a PR and marketing intern to carry out market research, sample management and production assistance over a 3 month period.  Although the advertisement…