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The end of the road for Pimlico Plumbers?

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The short answer is not quite. The Supreme Court has now given judgment in the long running and important case by plumber Gary Smith against Pimlico Plumbers in which he claimed he was a worker and not a self-employed contractor and so was entitled to...

The Taylor Review: changes to employment status on their way? Latest from the Government...

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So we have reached the next stage in the plans for a potential major shake-up to employment law and the workplace, announced last year by the Government on a number of fronts on their setting up of the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. But is the...

Tinker Taylor: The Taylor Review - can Government make work good?

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It’s said that you can’t please all the people all the time and nowhere is this more evident, perhaps, than in the eternal struggle between master and servant, employer and employee; and now taskmaster and gig-er. The terminology and technology...

Pimlico Plumbers and Mr Smith - latest judgment: self employed contractor entitled to holiday leave and pay as a "worker"

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Judgement was recently given by the Court of Appeal on a landmark case in the field of employment, Pimlico Plumbers and Mullins v Gary Smith , which has been working its way though the courts. It has put plumbers engaged with Pimlico in the spotlight...

Gender pay gap reporting: what's required - and when?

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This month the Government published its response to the summer 2015 consultation on ‘Closing the Gender Pay Gap’ and the new draft regulations – draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016. The response and...

More challenges to taxation of Settlement Agreement payments?

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In a tax case just published, the Tax Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal has made an important decision which will have impact for employees and for employers in the tax treatment of certain types of compensation payments to employees on the termination of...

Obesity: Is It a disability or not? New discrimination law?

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A case is currently being considered by the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning obesity and a ruling is expected shortly. Whichever way the Court decides, this will be an important decision for UK employers and employees. Below we confirm the...

Occupation Health Reports - Opinion That Employee Not Disabled Under The Equality Act 2010 Does Not Give an Employer a Defence For Failing To Make Reasonable Adjustments

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In the recent case of Gallop and Newport City Council (2013 EWCA) the Court of Appeal decided that an employer cannot simply rely on their Occupational Health adviser’s opinion that an employee is not disabled under the discrimination legislation to...

Agency Workers - Tribunal Decides "Swedish Derogation" Lawful for Maintaining Pay Difference between Permanent and Agency Workers

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Agency Workers Regulations 2010 and the Swedish Derogation The regulations are designed to protect agency workers allocated work through temporary work agencies. One of the most effective protection it offers is under Regulation 5 which...

Employment Law - What to Expect in 2013

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2012 has been a very busy year in employment law, with significant changes to the law surrounding pensions, sick leave and paid holiday and the minimum wage. However, it does not stop here and the Government has continued to follow its ‘Red Tape...