• Avoiding discrimination…but tripping over immigration rules!

    By Cas Carrington

    You know that old hackneyed phrase ‘the devil is in the detail’?  Well, never were these words more truly spoken than when considering the latest official advice on employing EU citizens up until 30 June 2021.

    At first glance, the Government guidance on checking an applicant’s right to work is straightforward – they just need to show employers their passport to prove their nationality. So…

    • 28 Feb 2020
  • Out, but not over…

    It’s happened!  After years of uncertainty – of ‘Will we?’, ‘Won’t we?’ – the UK finally left the EU on 31 January 2020.  And whether you were for or against Big Ben bonging to mark our exit (it didn’t bong in the event and, frankly, unless you lived within a ten mile radius of the mighty bell, you wouldn’t have heard it anyway) we are all surely in agreement that the really…

    • 6 Feb 2020
  • Great expectations

    Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any worse Brexit-wise, it now appears that we may be back to the impasse of neither staying nor leaving the EU in the near future.

    Last time I blogged, I did hold out some hope that we’d be moving in one direction or the other but at the time of writing it looks like there may be another extension to B-day or, even more ludicrous, the prime minister impeached for breaking…

    • 17 Sep 2019
  • Trick or treat?

    Not altogether unexpectedly, since I last blogged we have gained a new prime minister and, love him or loathe him, one thing is guaranteed with Boris Johnson – politics won’t ever be boring during his premiership!

    So the Brexit sequel to 29 March 2019, Halloween 2019, is well and truly underway, with Michael Gove blaming the EU for not re-opening negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement and, in predictable…

    • 15 Aug 2019
  • Holiday pay time is here again

    It’s that time of year when our thoughts generally turn to getting away on our summer holidays and enjoying lazy days jam packed with – well, not much really other than chilling (literally and metaphorically if heading for even hotter parts of the world).  And with holidays at the top of all our agendas, isn’t it just immaculate timing that holiday pay is grabbing employment law headlines once again?

    • 12 Jul 2019
  • I’m guilty – so sue me?

    By Cas Carrington

    Question:  what is a breach of contract? Answer:  it occurs when one of the contracting parties breaches, or indicates they intend to breach, an agreed term of the contract, or fails to fulfill a promise, giving rise to damages.

    To be a legally enforceable contract, however, both parties must receive something of value from the arrangement (called ‘consideration’ in law). 

    So, when I promised…

    • 28 Mar 2019
  • Law on Tour - Abracadabra!

    By Cas Carrington

    Have you noticed a tendency just lately for the notion that there are some quick fixes to managing employee relations issues?  The impression given is that there are some secret moves that can be imparted to solve your problems, as if there is a magic trick that you just have to know how to perform. Bells will ring, whistles will blow, and there, abracadabra, after three taps of a magic wand the solution…

    • 25 Feb 2019
  • Law on Tour… does what is says on the tin

    We provide no gimmicks, no unfulfilled promises –  just  a fast moving, lively, and thoroughly enjoyable day, with friendly approachable tutors, that brings you right up to date with the latest in employment law.  Oh, and a comprehensive reference manual to take home with you as well.  Sounds unlikely?  That means you definitely haven’t tried us yet!

    Well, there’s my marketing piece for this blog finished, so on…

    • 29 Jan 2019
  • Who said the law was fair?

    Where has the summer gone? It’s less than two weeks before the start of the Autumn Law on Tour, which is actually very exciting for me and my co-tutor John Fenton as we gear up for our three week journey around the UK.

    All the documents have been sent to the printers, and this is my final blog before we set off on tour. As readers of my blog will know, I always try to include something light hearted to raise a smile…

    • 18 Sep 2018
  • The sun has got its hat on – what’s not to like?

    Well, quite a lot it appears! Especially if you’d like our green and pleasant land to be at least a bit green-ish, and you’d rather be basking in delicious warmth rather than feeling you’ve been roasted on a spit over hot coals.

    Despite the nagging doubt that our glorious summer is due to global warming, and that we’ll soon all be travelling down that miserable, dry, and dusty road to hell in a handcart…

    • 13 Aug 2018
  • Allez les Bleus!

    I’ve just returned from Provence where it’s been really good fun to see our Gallic cousins celebrating their World Cup victory. I’m a true Francophile so “Allez les Bleus!” an’ all that but, frankly, there’s only so many times you can echo that refrain without feeling just a teensy-weensy bit jealous and wishing we could have been singing “It’s coming home!” rather than “We’re coming home!”…

    • 23 Jul 2018
  • Spring Law on Tour blog - manage your risk by knowing your law

    It’s an ill wind (that blows nobody any good). Having recently experienced some ridiculously cold weather in the South and having had to put up with the consequent commuter nightmare, due to slightly cold rails on the line (better than leaves I suppose), I’m having difficulty coming to terms with that old adage, but in terms of employment tribunal claims I guess there is more than a grain of truth in it.

    • 27 Mar 2018
  • You heard it here first

    Law on Tour Spring 2018 – by Cas Carrington

    Did you know that there are between 300,000 and 400,000 French citizens working in London? Well, if you didn’t, you do now, and it’s one of the facts I’ve been researching for our piece on EU citizens’ rights post Brexit, for the Spring 2018 Law on Tour.

    But I’m getting ahead of myself.

    Regular readers of my Law on Tour blog will know that…

    • 21 Feb 2018
  • All things being equal…

    Autumn Law on Tour - by Cas Carrington

    Our employment law helpline has been red hot for the past few weeks with clients seeking advice on all manner of employment law matters, but one query has been an absolute stand out. “Help! How do we explain our gender pay gap – it’s quite a big number, and how do we persuade our employees that they haven’t got an equal pay claim?”

    Once we have talked…

    • 27 Sep 2017
  • 'If you're going to do it - do it right!'

    Law on Tour Autumn 2017 - by Cas Carrington

    We have an old fashioned system in our offices for highlighting the progress of the employment tribunal cases we’re handling. It’s a very large wipe board. Now, of course, we record everything electronically as well, but the wipe board is a constant reminder of the cases that are ongoing, and when responses and action are due. It ensures that everyone is aware of exactly where…

    • 15 Sep 2017
  • You can do it – and we can help!

    Law on Tour Autumn 2017 - by Cas Carrington

    I was talking to an HR professional a little while ago, who told me she was dealing with an employment tribunal claim that her company had decided to settle. Run of the mill stuff so far, you may think. So what? She seemed rather agitated, however, and went on to say that she had read almost everything that had ever been written about settlements, but still didn’t actually…

    • 29 Aug 2017
  • Not such an ordinary Wednesday

    Wednesday, 29 March 2017, didn’t start out as being a big day for UK news. It was the 88th day in the Gregorian calendar, and Elle Macpherson celebrated her birthday, and then it all got a bit more serious as Teresa May triggered article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to commence the process of exiting the EU. So it turned out to be rather a momentous day after all. The next day was almost as important as the Government published…

    • 7 Apr 2017
  • Law on Tour - Spring 2017

    By Cas Carrington
    “And the winner is….La La Land!” Well, as it turned out, it wasn’t, but after huge confusion and embarrassment all round, justice prevailed, and the rightful winner was named and handed the Oscar. Phew!

    When I managed to stop laughing, what struck me most about this fiasco wasn’t the fact that such a monumental mistake had been made; it was the look of utter confusion on Warren…

    • 28 Feb 2017
  • Law on Tour update

    We're into our second week of the Law on Tour workshops now and it's been an amazing tour so far with very high delegate numbers, making for a great atmosphere on the workshops.  However, there are still just a few places available for Edinburgh, Manchester, and Birmingham next week so if you haven't booked yet - get your skates on!

    It doesn't matter how experienced you may be in dealing with employee relations…

    • 12 Oct 2016
  • Law on Tour workshops

    I heard someone talking last week about the wrong type of leaves being on the rail tracks – which means only one thing – it’s that time of year to get on the road again (well planes and trains as well actually) for the 2016 Autumn Law on Tour.

    We switched venues from Edinburgh to Glasgow for the 2016 Spring tour but by popular demand this Autumn we will be delivering workshops in both Glasgow and Edinburgh…

    • 4 Oct 2016
  • The sun is out, the sky is blue

    Spring has sprung!  Well, the sun is out and while recently I have had my doubts as to whether the sky was blue above all that grey, it appears that it really is. So, it must be nearly time for CIPD Law on Tour to hit the road.

    Just as I was adding the final touches to the tour workbook I noticed the flurry of activity on the employment law front. The Government published draft regulations on gender pay reporting, draft…

    • 18 Mar 2016
  • The Autumn 2015 Law on Tour Workshops - without squirrels

    The flights and rail tickets are all booked, the routes mapped out, venues secured, and tour documents all written.  So we’re now well on our way to being ready for the Autumn Law on Tour workshops

    If you’ve attended one of the workshops before you’ll know that there are two tutors on each workshop.  On this tour, I’ll be delivering the sessions with my tour-seasoned colleague John Fenton, who when not…

    • 11 Sep 2015
  • Breaking the habit - Law On Tour, Autumn 2014

    By Cas Carrington

    Readers who attended the CIPD Spring 2014 Law on Tour will have witnessed a very unusual (I sincerely hope once in a lifetime) sight. Me, delivering my workshop sessions from a bar stool.  Now, before you jump to the wrong conclusions I was neither in a bar, nor was I imbibing anything more alcoholic than a sparkling mineral water (with ice and a slice of course).  No the reason for my, oh so static delivery…

    • 30 Sep 2014
  • Taking a break - Law On Tour, Spring 2014

    After a week's break for the bank holiday the Law on Tour is back on the road again next week.  We start off in Leeds on Tuesday, then Nottingham and Stansted, ending up in London on Friday.

    Talking of breaks... during the first week of the tour I was hobbling around on a pair of crutches after having had an argument with a mountain whilst skiing in March.  To be honest the mountain won as I ended up spending most…

    • 8 May 2014
  • Gorgeous George goes on CIPD Law on Tour? - Law On Tour, Spring 2014

    Come on - there really is no mistaking it!  The days are longer, and dare I say warmer?  The grass has 'ris', and the birdies are most definitely on the wing (or to be absolutely accurate, where we live, making a blinkin' racket from 6.00am onwards preventing any faint hope of a lie in - and, from bitter experience, very soon now the Starling family will be performing their very own daily version of the Jeremy Kyle show…

    • 11 Apr 2014