References and Employment Law

Employers often receive reference requests for former employees and, similarly, make requests of other former employers. References are now an essential part of recruitment. So, what are your obligations and how far should a reference go? Recently, a former administrative assistant of Clarity Family Law Solicitors, Sameena Usmani, was in the spotlight after going to […]

Illegal Labour Practices: Are you being paid?

Illegal Labour Practices: Are you being paid? This week, the Resolution Foundation thinktank published some analysis with shocking findings of illegal working practices across three key employment rights in the UK, namely: Paid Holidays: around 1 in 20 workers report receiving no paid holiday entitlement, despite being legally entitled to at least 28 days a […]

Social Backgrounds and Work – does class still matter?

Earlier this week, Frances O’Grady, the head of the TUC (Trades Union Congress) called for Parliament to outlaw discrimination against working-class people at work, calling for companies to report any gaps in pay between workers from different social backgrounds. She issued a challenge to politicians to outlaw “discrimination against working-class people”, following a study by […]

Is it possible to divorce a missing husband or wife?

There are many reasons why couples drift apart and sometimes the end result is that the couple continues to be married even though they no longer live together and do not consider themselves to be in that relationship anymore. It often happens that neither spouse really cares exactly where the other is until one of […]

Working Time – Are You Keeping Records?

The Working Time Directive (WTD) sets out rules governing working time across EU Member States. This includes the entitlement to daily rest breaks (11 consecutive hours per 24 hours) and weekly rest breaks (24 consecutive hours in each 7-day period). The WTD also sets a maximum limit on average weekly working time to 48 hours. […]

Transparency and Overseas Entities

Whilst there has been much media coverage of Brexit and the political wrangling over its negotiation, businesses both inside and outside the UK are having to seriously plan and consider their options for the future. Businesses based in the UK are seeking to retain access to European markets, whether by establishing branches in EU countries […]

Employment Update: Restrictive Covenants | Part 2

In our article published 6 February, available here, we discussed restrictive covenants and the case of Tillman v Egon Zehnder Limited (‘EZL’). On 3 July 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment (available in full here) in what is the first employment competition case to have reached the highest court in the land in […]