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Consultation on extending redundancy protection for new parents

Returning to work after maternity can be a daunting prospect for new mums, and it is important for them to feel that they will be valued and supported upon their return. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many women. With Brexit fast approaching, Theresa May is said to be "determined to do even more as we leave the EU", including by building on the current EU requirements on maternity and paternity leave protection.
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Consultation on extending redundancy protection for new parents

Employment status and the right to substitute

The EAT has found that the right to appoint a substitute can still be consistent with employee status, notwithstanding the requirement that the work must be personally performed, if such right is only exercised when an employee is unable to work.
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Employment status and the right to substitute

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?

Labour of love: foster parents are not workers under the Working Time Directive

In a case referred by the Romanian courts, the ECJ has held that foster parents are not workers for the purposes of the Working Time Directive. This makes it more likely that cases currently pending before employment tribunals in the UK on foster parents' entitlement to holiday pay are likely to be unsuccessful.
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Labour of love: foster parents are not workers under the Working Time Directive

Addison Lee drivers found to be workers: what can we learn from the latest case on worker status?

Barely a week goes by without worker status finding its way back into the headlines. The EAT this week upheld a tribunal's decision that three private hire drivers engaged by Addison Lee, which offers various transport services, are workers. The EAT confirmed the tribunal's ability to look beyond the contract in place to the reality of the working arrangements and endorsed the adoption of a "realistic and worldly-wise" approach.
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Addison Lee drivers found to be workers: what can we learn from the latest case on worker status?

Phase 2 of the EU Settlement Scheme trial set to commence soon

With the UK leaving the EU on 29 March 2019, the EU Settlement Scheme provides the basis for resident EU citizens and their family members to obtain the immigration status they will need to remain in the UK.
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Phase 2 of the EU Settlement Scheme trial set to commence soon

What does the reform of IR35 mean for your business?

In his 2018 budget speech, the chancellor announced the widely expected changes to the rules on off-payroll working (known as IR35) in the private sector. The move follows reform to the off-payroll working rules in the public sector in April 2017.

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What does the reform of IR35 mean for your business?

Employee status and agency workers: The nature of the work is the key consideration

An employee on a temporary zero hours contract should be classed as an agency worker, the Employment Appeal Tribunal found in Brooknight Guarding Limited v. Matei.
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Employee status and agency workers: The nature of the work is the key consideration

Supreme Court dismisses the appeal in Pimlico Plumbers

The Supreme Court handed down its judgment yesterday in the case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Gary Smith [2018] UKSC 29 confirming (as the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal had) that Mr Smith was a worker within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act and not, as Pimlico Plumbers contended, self-employed.
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Supreme Court dismisses the appeal in Pimlico Plumbers