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Is it possible to bypass a trade union when negotiating a collective agreement with workers?

Is it possible to bypass a trade union when negotiating a collective agreement with workers? In the recent case of Kostal UK v. Dunkley, the Court of Appeal was asked to consider if the employer has the right to bypass a recognised trade union and make "a one-off offer" directly to workers.
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Is it possible to bypass a trade union when negotiating a collective agreement with workers?

High Court finds that directors can be liable for breach of employment contract

In the recent case of Antuzis & Ors v. DJ Houghton Catching Services Ltd & Ors, the High Court concluded that Mr Houghton (director) and Ms Judge (company secretary) were personally liable for the company's breaches of contract.
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High Court finds that directors can be liable for breach of employment contract

Slow progress on gender pay gap in second year of reporting

How does last year’s data compare with the figures recently published on the government’s website?
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Slow progress on gender pay gap in second year of reporting

New regulations set out work and residence permit procedure for UK nationals living in Spain post-Brexit

New regulations have been enacted in Spain setting out what UK citizens working or living in Spain after Brexit will be required to do to maintain their right to live and work there.
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New regulations set out work and residence permit procedure for UK nationals living in Spain post-Brexit

Constructive knowledge of disability: when should employers reasonably know of an employee’s disability?

In the recent case of Lamb v. The Garrard Academy the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered at what point employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act).
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Constructive knowledge of disability: when should employers reasonably know of an employee’s disability?

The Good Work Plan – follow-up developments

Following our article earlier this week about the "Good Work Plan", the government has now introduced the first three statutory instruments implementing some of the changes outlined in the Plan:
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The Good Work Plan – follow-up developments

Government’s Good Work Plan: a step closer to implementation of Taylor Review recommendations?

Following the Taylor 2017 Review and the subsequent consultations launched earlier this year, the government has now published the Good Work Plan (the Plan). The Plan sets out its proposals for implementing the recommendations of the Taylor Review and "a wide range of policy and legislative changes" dealing with worker status, agency workers and zero hours contracts.
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Government’s Good Work Plan: a step closer to implementation of Taylor Review recommendations?

A quick guide to family leave and pay entitlements in the UK

The latest announcement from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that they are expecting their first child and the recent return of the Duchess of Cambridge from her maternity break demonstrate that the Royal Family, similarly to other British parents, is not a stranger to tackling a wide range of parental responsibilities along with their official duties. This prompted us to set out the main entitlements in relation to family leave and pay available to working parents under the UK laws.
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A quick guide to family leave and pay entitlements in the UK

Non-executive directors can be liable for a detriment suffered by a whistleblower

In the recent case of Timis and another v. Osipov, the Court of Appeal confirmed that an individual employee, along with the employer, can be held liable for the detriment of dismissal arising from making a protected disclosure (commonly known as whistleblowing).
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Non-executive directors can be liable for a detriment suffered by a whistleblower

Ensuring employees are aware of pension choices – points to consider

The recent decision of the Deputy Pensions Ombudsman in a complaint by the estate of a deceased employee against Belfast City Council (BCC) highlights that employers are required to make appropriate enquiries and provide sufficient advice to employees to ensure that they are able to make the best choices regarding their pension benefits.
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Ensuring employees are aware of pension choices – points to consider