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Catrin Mills

Catrin Mills

Partner and Head of Harlow Office
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The much-publicised employment tribunal claim brought against taxi firm, Uber, concluded last week and the ruling could have major implications for many businesses operating in the so-called gig economy.

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With the right to wear religious dress having dominated the news lately, it is an issue which is also occupying employers. Increasingly, employers are facing dilemmas over religious dress when enforcing dress codes, and they are having to tread carefully.

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Everyone knows that having company policies in the workplace is a healthy thing all round. But do you know what the legal status of your policies is? You may have thought they were there for guidance purposes, but did you know they could contain serious contractual obligations?

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A new survey has found that a startling number of UK employees are struggling with stress in the workplace – and that just over half of the UK workforce are happy at work.

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There has been a raft of cases in recent years on the question of how time spent on-call should be treated for the purposes of paying workers. If you have a worker who is on-call (and potentially asleep if they are on-call during the night) do you have to pay them for all of this time? Do you have to pay them for time spent in between call-outs? Do you have to pay workers when they are actually asleep?

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A recent decision of the European Court has caused a stir in relation to whether peripatetic workers should be paid for time spent travelling to and from home. The Court looked at the Working Time Directive (implemented in the UK through the Working Time Regulations 1998) which provides for workers to have sufficient rest, breaks and holidays. The issue was: what constituted “working time” for the purposes of calculating rest?

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Have you been offered a settlement agreement by your employer? Here’s what you need to know about the process, and what advice to seek.

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It was a worrying moment for employers when the EAT handed down its decision in November in Bear Scotland Ltd –v- Fulton and others on the calculation of holiday pay. As we reported at the time overtime and holiday pay: a ticking...
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It was a worrying moment for employers when the EAT handed down its decision in November in Bear Scotland Ltd –v- Fulton and others on the calculation of holiday pay. As we reported at the time overtime and holiday pay: a ticking...
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It was a worrying moment for employers when the EAT handed down its decision in November in Bear Scotland Ltd –v- Fulton and others on the calculation of holiday pay. As we reported at the time overtime and holiday pay: a ticking...
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And so the FIFA World Cup 2014 has kicked off in earnest and with all of the England matches scheduled for 5pm or later on week days, employers might assume that they have little to worry about in terms of the effect on their workforce. However, employers...
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Earlier this month we co-hosted a lively HR Forum with the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce at which we talked about a number of current employment law developments, including the new ACAS early conciliation rules; the new rules on holding “without...
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Next month, we’ll see a major change in the right to request flexible working, meaning that from 30 June far more employees will have the right to request different working arrangements. Whilst anyone can ask informally to work flexibly at any time,...
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On the 6 th of April, ACAS’ new compulsory early conciliation scheme came into effect under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. This scheme has produced much debate, as we saw at the Longmores’ Employment Team’s recent breakfast...
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A recent decision in the Employment Appeals Tribunal reminds employers of the importance of the appeal stage in internal proceedings. The claimant, Ms Little, was employed by Richmond Pharmacology Limited, as a full time sales executive. After a period of...
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Those who employ agricultural workers will know that following the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board, from 1st October 2013 agricultural workers no longer benefit from certain minimum terms of employment set by the Agricultural Wages Order (AWO)....
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