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CONTRACTS

Electronic signatures are legally valid

The Law Commission has confirmed that electronic signatures are valid and can be used to execute employment contracts, etc. What’s this mean in practice?
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RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS

Offending words can be severed from restrictive covenants

In the first restrictive covenants case to reach the Supreme Court for over 100 years, it has held that any unreasonably wide words can be severed from the remaining, reasonable parts of a covenant. Can you now start to worry a bit less about your drafting?
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CONTRACTS

Are pay secrecy clauses legal?

To prevent your employees discussing their pay and conditions with each other, you need a pay secrecy clause in your employment contracts. But to what extent is such a clause legally enforceable if an employee breaches it?
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SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS

Negotiating settlement agreements

Settlement agreements are a useful means of ending an employment relationship on agreed terms and avoiding an employment tribunal claim. What are the main issues to consider when drafting and negotiating such an agreement?
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PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Effective management of performance

Staff numbers are growing but you’re finding it increasingly difficult to get them to focus on the core business objectives, resulting in time lost on peripheral activities. Could performance management get them back on track?
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EMPLOYMENT LAW REFORM

What’s ahead for employment law?

The government has now launched a further three consultation exercises covering various diverse employment matters. What specific matters is it consulting on and what are its proposals for employment law reform?
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HOLIDAYS

Holiday pay calculation for part-year workers confirmed

The Court of Appeal has upheld the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s ruling that holiday pay for part-year workers isn’t subject to a pro rata reduction. What should you do now?
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EMPLOYMENT STATUS

Changes to off-payroll working rules to go ahead as planned

The government has now confirmed that the private sector reforms to the off-payroll working rules are still to happen from 6 April 2020.What’s the latest?
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TUPE

TUPE - who and what automatically transfers?

TUPE applies to a “relevant transfer”, which can either be a service provision change or a business transfer. Where TUPE applies it’s important to know which people, rights and liabilities do or don’t transfer. What’s the answer?
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Last updated: 22.10.2019

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