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The Christmas Edition

Published: 19th December 2017

Author: Fudia Smartt

Where has the time gone? 2017 is drawing to a close and yet it feels like we only published our Autumn, back to work edition a fortnight ago.

As 2017 bids us adieu, we recap over the last year and some of the key employment law changes which has occurred in our year in review piece. However, as jam packed as 2017 was – we at Hine Legal are preparing for 2018 and all things employment-law related. We will be having a special January edition to help you and your business prepare for the GDPR which shall come into force on 25 May 2018.

In the meantime, our 12 tips for HR professionals provides some information on what to expect in 2018 as well as a reminder of some existing employment rights/obligations.

Given that – unfortunately – Christmas parties can provide an abundance of disciplinary issues – our article from last Christmas remains pertinent. We also have a case summary by our trainee (Matthew Ware on secondment from Byrne and Partners) regarding the dangers of suspending employees and why care needs to be taken in determining whether suspension is required and the correct procedure to be followed.

Further, we have a case update on the latest ECJ judgment on holiday pay which has significant implications for employers who could be held liable for holiday pay going back several years if they have incorrectly regarded workers as being self-employed. Given that cases on employment status and the gig economy continue to rumble on (e.g. the recent Uber judgment), such decisions could have significant impact on UK businesses. That is of course unless we choose to ignore such cases post Brexit?

Thank you for continuing to support Hine Legal and we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

See you in 2018!

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