Employment Law & HR News & Updates.

Employment Law Updates

The latest employment law news & updates from Kalra Legal Group

The Right to Privacy at Work

The Right to Privacy at Work - Legal Update

It is typically accepted that an employer has the right to monitor an employee’s actions during work hours and their use of work equipment, including internet, phone, email, and social network activities.

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Employment Status - Gig Economy

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It looks like the key employment law issue for 2017 will be employment status. In recent months, there have been cases affecting a range of workers operating in the ‘gig economy’ where employment tribunals have held that they are entitled to paid holiday under the Working Time Regulations and to be paid at the rate of the National Minimum Wage. Some of the press coverage has struggled with the idea that individuals who are classed as ‘self-employed’ are actually entitled to a range of employment rights, but there is nothing unusual or surprising about this. The fact that someone is self-employed for tax purposes simply means that they are not an employee employed under a contract of employment. They can still be entitled to rights afforded to ‘workers’ – those who have a contract to perform work, but who are not running a business independent of the ‘employer’. They therefore qualify for working time and minimum wage rights (an important consideration given that the minimum rate for those aged 25 or over is now £7.50 per hour – but do not qualify for key rights such as maternity leave, redundancy pay or protection against unfair dismissal.

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High profile employer equals higher sanctions- is it justifed?

Disciplinary-Procedures

We all make mistakes at work, and serious errors can get us into trouble. Indeed, as per the case of Adesokan v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets that a single incident of negligence can – if serious enough – lead to summary dismissal.

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