Briefing quick find:

Imminent changes to employment law

Employment law is a rapidly changing arena, therefore we have set out a list of some of the imminent changes that will affect employers and individuals in the coming months. Note: this article contains no mention of events due to…

Are referees employees?

No – according to the First Tier Tax Tribunal. Background HMRC argued that the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) was the employer of a group of football referees, and therefore there was income tax and NICS due. The principal issue in the…

Gig economy and discrimination?

The recent stream of cases dealing with worker status have focused on whether individuals who have been providing services to organisations are deemed to be workers rather than self-employed contractors, and therefore entitled to National Minimum Wage, holiday pay and…

Pimlico Plumbers – The final chapter?

The Supreme Court today handed down its judgment in the long awaited case of Mr Smith and Pimlico Plumbers. The decision has a significant impact on those industries that are reliant on engaging consultants on a self-employed basis. Pimlico Plumbers: Background…

Uber – The final chapter?

Uber has lost its appeal against an Employment Tribunal ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed. In October 2016, the Employment Tribunal held that Uber drivers were workers and not self-employed. The significance of this case…

The Taylor Review

The long awaited Taylor Review was published on 11 July 2017 amid much media attention. The report, which was commissioned by Theresa May in 2016, seeks to undertake a wide-ranging review of employment legislation and practice in light of recent changes…

The Queen’s Speech and employment law

The 2017 Queen’s Speech outlined the minority Government’s legislative programme for the next two years. Many of the key promises made in the election manifesto have not been included. Here is what was proposed relating to employment law: Perhaps not a…

Greater protection for whistleblowers?

A recent Court of Appeal case has extended the potential ambit of those who might be protected by the whistleblowing regime. It is expensive for organisations to defend against whistleblowing claims, and can have significant reputational repercussions even if successfully defended.…