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The Rise of the Robots

The job market is changing. As robotics, artificial intelligence and other forms of automation continue to advance at a rapid rate, they…


Posted on 31st July 2019

Latest Update on Holiday Pay Claims.

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal’s decision in Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and another v Agnew has…


Posted on 2nd July 2019

Shared parental leave and sex discrimination

In May of this year, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in two joined cases involving shared parental leave. The argument…


Posted on 28th June 2019

The staggering cost of poor mental health management in the workplace

A leading employment lawyer has seen an increase in enquires relating to mental health in the workplace – demonstrating that employers are…


Posted on 19th June 2019

Non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases

Following the publication of the Women and Equalities Committee of the House of Commons’ report on the use of non-disclosure agreements (…


Posted on 13th June 2019

Working hours: European Court decision means employers need to look again at the records they keep

The Working Time Regulations entitle workers to minimum paid leave, a maximum working week of 48 hours (subject to any opt out in place),…


Posted on 23rd May 2019

How to Avoid Potential Summer Employment Headaches

As summer approaches, employers must begin thinking about how to effectively deal with the management of holidays and what impact it will…


Posted on 22nd May 2019

NDAs: What are they, how do they work and what should be in them?

Introduction With dozens of academics telling the BBC recently that they were “harassed” out of their jobs, and the BBC putting this down…


Posted on 26th April 2019

Increase in Agricultural Wages 2019

The minimum wage for agricultural workers in Scotland can be different to the minimum wage payable in other jobs as their wages are…


Posted on 26th March 2019

Do you have an Adverse Weather Policy for employees?

With weather warnings in place across Scotland, Employment Law specialist Debbie Fellows looks at how employers can deal with employee…


Posted on 31st January 2019

2019 Employment Law Update

2018 was an eventful year for employment law. In addition to the introduction of the GDPR, the Data Protection Act 2018 and changes to the…


Posted on 4th January 2019

The Government’s Good Work Plan

Building upon its response to the Taylor Review in February 2018 and the consultations which were launched at that time, the government…


Posted on 4th January 2019

Retail: a tough shift for workers at Christmas

A career in retail on the UK’s high streets seems a pretty hazardous affair at the moment.  According to a recent study carried out by…


Posted on 5th December 2018

Is the use of Confidentiality Agreements on the rise?

Confidentiality agreements are pretty topical all of a sudden.   Juventus footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is the subject of allegations of…


Posted on 25th October 2018

Employers chance to stay on top of employment law

Whether it’s the importance of clearly worded contracts, knowing how to bring them to an end correctly, the rights of gig economy workers…


Posted on 7th September 2018

New Law for Taxation of Termination Payments

New tax rules that came into effect on 6 April 2018 mean employers are now required to pay income tax and national insurance contributions…


Posted on 10th July 2018

Dress codes and Sex Discrimination – Do’s and Don’ts as an employer

The Government has recently issued guidance for employers, to help them ensure that they are implementing dress codes which are not…


Posted on 14th June 2018

Addison Lee loses legal appeal over courier worker status

On Friday, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) rejected an appeal by car and courier service Addison Lee, in their attempt to challenge an…


Posted on 18th May 2018

Stress at Work

According to the Office for National Statistics which carries out a labour force survey on stress in the workplace each year, some 12.5…


Posted on 20th April 2018

Employment law expertise grows as firm expands in the capital

Thorntons Solicitors is strengthening its footprint in Edinburgh and status as one of the largest full service law firms in Scotland with…


Posted on 17th April 2018

When are On-Call Shifts considered working time?

For many workers their job will involve an element of being on-call.  That may be care workers who are on-call or perform “sleeping-in”…


Posted on 2nd March 2018

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