January 2, 2018

“The Gifts” Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 3

Gifts A present is always included in the modern cracker. When invented in 1847 contents originally included a sweet but these fairly quickly changed to gifts. What were your childhood favourites? The fortune telling fish, pack of tiny cards, or fake moustache? The original Tom Smith company scoured the world for small and interesting gifts, […]

December 22, 2017

Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 2 “The Joke”

Motto or joke? The original love note in a cracker became by the 1930s a motto or cheesy joke. Mottos at work can be useful or tacky. For big brands their catch phrase, slogan or “motto” can be a powerful asset. But when it goes wrong look out. We have all heard of the embarrassing […]

December 13, 2017

Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 1 “The Snap”

  This year we have a cracker of a theme to lighthearted our end of year look at employment issues. Invented by Tom Smith in 1847 the Christmas cracker is big business. A British speciality this simple object of paper and card still finds its way onto the Christmas dinner tables across the UK. It […]

November 18, 2017

Employment Update Autumn 2017

. Editorial Where has the time gone? When I started this draft the leaves were starting to fall and Christmas was way over the horizon. Now it’s looming but before we get to the fun of Christmas and our seasonal lighthearted updates here are a few updates on employment law issues.  Some money, some odd […]

November 10, 2017

Uber drivers get a lift

The Employment Appeal Tribual “EAT” have issued their decision in the Uber drivers claim. They agree with the Employment Tribunal that Uber drivers are workers not self employed. This means that Uber drivers get some of the rights that employees get, including the right to Paid holiday pay 48 hour working week and breaks The […]

July 26, 2017

Tribunal Fees – down and out

This is a fight about the access to justice. In 2013 the government brought in fees for making claims in the Employment Tribunal. Since then claims have gone down by around 79%. Unison brought a claim to quash the right to charge fees. The Supreme Court has now agreed with them and held the right […]

May 23, 2017

Zero hour work; hours of discussion.

The government (the current one) have a commission enquiring into employment practices lead by Royal Society of Arts Chief Executive Matthew Taylor.  The inquiry has an overall remit to consider how the legal framework surrounding employment supports individuals and businesses as the labour market and economy change. One issue that always comes up is zero […]

May 14, 2017

Employment Update Spring 2017

. Editorial Spring is here and so is our new website. A new fresh image, so take a look and tell me what you think. Our regular employment updates are now appearing under our “Blog” heading in a timeline which includes previous updates, newsletters and blogs. Tags should make it easier for you to find […]

December 25, 2016

Employment Perspective Advent 2016 Part 4

Just a couple of days to go now, a wand is waved our cast is complete, and finally the audience take their seats. So we wish you…. Advent 2016 – Part 4 The Fairy Godmother. We all hope to have one of these at work, but we don’t always notice when we do. In pantomime […]

December 24, 2016

Employment Perspective Advent 2016 Part 3

The Dame and the Villain emerge from the wings. They need careful directing to keep the show on track. Advent 2016 – Part 3 The Dame. An old wise woman or a figure of fun? Often played by a man emphasising age and lack of skin deep beauty. Where are these characters in the business […]