Insight: UK Employment Law Round-up – December 2016


Welcome to the December edition of our employment law round-up. In this edition, we couldn't fail to give you an update on the most important piece of constitutional litigation of our time, which has been heard by the Supreme Court on Article 50. Other festive treats include a summary of recent restrictive covenants cases (first published on HR-Inform) and unfair dismissal litigation. We have also given you our take on calculating rest breaks for workers, and the dangers of using employees' personal data unlawfully.

Download the PDF report to read the complete issue, or read the articles using the links below.

Do you need to make sure your workers take a break during the workday?

December 22, 2016

Under UK law, the starting point is that a worker is entitled to a rest break of 20 minutes, where he or she works for more than six hours a day (Regulation 12(1), Working Time Regulations 1998 (the WTR)). If an employer refuses to permit a worker to take a rest break, then the worker can bring a claim in the employment tribunal (Regulation 30, WTR).

A wealth of recent unfair dismissal decisions

December 22, 2016

Seasonal businesses can have a tough time if they try to sell ice cream in the UK in the winter or turkeys in the middle of summer. Conversely, when seasonal businesses are at peak time, employees and businesses are faced with additional pressure to provide goods and services, often within very short timeframes. This article summarises three recent unfair dismissal cases, including a tricky situation faced by such a seasonal business.

Why restrictive covenants must be fit for purpose

December 22, 2016

For employers, the turn of the year is a double-edged sword: it is the best time to find new hires, but it's also an organisation’s most vulnerable time of the year for losing key staff.


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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