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Last Modified  10 August 2016
August: Banning the wearing of the hijab at work continues to cause legal wrangles at a European level
While Brexit’s effect on case law in the long term is uncertain, for the next two years European court decision will still be followed by UK courts  
Last Modified  04 July 2016
July: How will employment law change following the UK’s exit from the European Union?
While it is not yet clear exactly what the 'leave' vote means for UK organisations, it is possible to identify those aspects of employment law most likely to be affected.  
Last Modified  07 June 2016
June: How HR can become more digitally savvy
Continually evolving technology offers employers the chance to connect their employees, their customers and their business faster and more efficiently – but it also raises legal and management issues that HR needs to address in order to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks. Marian Bloodworth and Anna Byford report  
Last Modified  10 May 2016
May: Latest cases on religious discrimination, restrictive covenants, staff handbooks, and employment status
Legal pointers on drawing the line between religious fervour and workplace harassment, keeping up to date on employee ‘non-compete’ clauses, preventing policies from becoming contract terms, and staying the right side of the law on whether workers are self-employed  
Last Modified  05 April 2016
April: New living and minimum wage rates, tribunal compensation limits, statutory pay rates and the latest case law
Law experts advise that employers trying to dodge the effects of the National Living Wage could face stiff penalties and, in case law, a Supreme Court decision reminds employers they are responsible for employees’ actions at work, however extreme that behaviour may be.  
Last Modified  07 March 2016
March: Gender pay gap, holidays – and shopping
The holiday pay legal saga looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. But in the meantime, employers need to be looking at pay systems in preparation for mandatory gender pay reporting, and the struggling retail sector gets some help with trading hours.  
Last Modified  18 February 2016
February: ‘Snooping’ on employees’ messages
A Romanian case on Yahoo messaging at work prompts a flurry of press reports, constructive dismissal is tested in the EAT, and an adverse verbal reference leads to successful disability discrimination claims against both former and prospective employers  
Last Modified  13 January 2016
January: Landmark cases for HR in 2016
The following cases are due to be considered by the UK courts and at a European level during 2016. They deal with current HR issues such as calculating holiday pay correctly, religious dress and discrimination at work, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claims, the transfer regulations, collective redundancy consultation requirements, and the introduction of tribunal fees.  
Last Modified  09 December 2015
December: Case round-up for 2015
Discrimination law has been growing in scope, while travel to work time, holiday pay, employee misdemeanours on social media, and collective consultation obligations have all featured in claims before courts and tribunals this year – and some of these are still running.  
Last Modified  10 November 2015
November: Post-election law changes
Employment law expert Martin Warren rounds up what’s happened in employment law legislation since the Conservatives came to power in the general election, and reports a mixed response from employers on reforms proposed and in progress  
Last Modified  06 October 2015
October: Tyco case: working time
European court decides that travel to and from work is working time for mobile workers  
Last Modified  09 September 2015
September: National Living Wage enforcement
The government cracks down on employers not paying the minimum wage, tackles a long-standing employment status loophole, and wins a further court challenge on the employment tribunal fees regime  
Last Modified  12 August 2015
August: Proposed employment law changes
Gender pay gap reporting, strike laws and keeping apprenticeships worthy of the name  
Last Modified  03 July 2015
July: What do government legislation plans mean for HR?
Manifesto pledges becoming government commitments has implications for how employers manage their workforce  
Last Modified  08 June 2015
June: New immigration and strike laws
Government proposes laws on migrant labour and industrial action, and parts of the Small Business Act take effect  
Last Modified  15 May 2015
May: Judgment from the European court restores pre-Woolworth position on employers’ collective consultation obligations
Judgment from the European court restores pre-Woolworth position on employers’ collective consultation obligations