General Election May 2015
Labour has announced further intended changes to employment law which will be included in its election manifesto. They focus on assisting young people to get into work and on the living wage. Labour is also focussed on reform of the banking system.
Government’s New “Fit for Work” (“FfW”) Scheme Rolled Out
The Government’s FfW scheme was launched in December 2014 and provides access for employees, employers and GPs to an advice line. Employers and GPs are also able to refer employees for occupational health assessments free of charge.
Review of Tribunal Fees Announced
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has announced that his department will be carrying out an urgent review of the employment tribunal fees system. The finds are expected to follow in a matter of weeks.
E-Cigarettes at Work
The use of e-cigarettes at work is currently a hot topic. A recent tribunal case has confirmed that employers should update their policies to make sure that their position on vaping in the workplace is clear.
Battle of the forms - Whose Terms and Conditions apply?
On Friday 13 February, 2015 the High Court handed down its judgement on the case of Transformers & Rectifiers Ltd v Needs Ltd  EWHC 269 (TCC). The Court's decision highlights the importance of ensuring that when seeking to rely on your own standard terms and conditions, sufficient steps must be taken to ensure that the other party is given reasonable notice of both the terms and conditions and your intention to rely on them.