Latest News about Employment Law

We have written about Right to Work checks before, but as Immigration solicitors in London with top employment solicitors making up part of our team, the importance of getting right to work checks right is something that we’re very much aware of.

Friday, 22 February, 2019

It is one thing to expect employers and co-workers to understand the needs of a disabled employee or work colleague in a wheel chair and to make adjustments for them, but it is often much harder for work places to cater for the needs of employees with what are nowadays classed as “invisible disabilities”.  Likewise, some employees do not want to draw attention to t

Wednesday, 09 January, 2019

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

From the news last week, London employment law solicitors learnt that last year the gender pay gap at Transport for London grew to 21.5 per cent. That is a reported increase of 1.8 per cent from the previous year. 

That is not great headline news for Sadiq Khan who chairs TFL.  Perhaps we should all look to Iceland for the answer on what to do about the gender pay gap. 

Monday, 07 January, 2019

In the news this week is the 88 year old secretary who was employed by a National Health Service trust until she was sacked. The employee asserts that her dismissal was down to age discrimination whereas her employer maintains that she was sacked on the grounds of culpability for the failure to add the names of patients to a database of those awaiting reconstruction surgery. 

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

You may question what on earth employment law has got to do with religious and philosophical beliefs, but an Employment Tribunal is considering whether veganism should be classed as a philosophical or religious belief. “Why?” you may ask.

Friday, 28 December, 2018

Most employers and employees struggle with what is meant by bullying in the workplace. After all it can be a fine dividing line between robust staff and performance management and perceptions of bullying or a team member’s jokes turning from good work camaraderie into one staff member feeling singled out and bullied.

Friday, 28 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

In a period of turbulent politics and confusion over Home Office conflicting announcements over Investor Visas, I am delighted to announce some good news emanating from the Home Office.  

Online right to work checks

Friday, 28 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

With the #metoo movement it seems that every day there is someone making allegations of sexual harassment against a celebrity. 

These high profile cases generate publicity. However, what about the average employee? To whom do they turn to if they experiences sexual harassment in the workplace? 

Thursday, 27 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors

At first glance, the EU settlement scheme fees do not sound that much. The fee is £65 per adult and £32.50 per child. However, for a family of two adults and two children that is £260 to find. Not a small amount if you are a low paid EU migrant worker.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, solicitor and CEO at OTS Solicitors 

It is Christmas time! It is also the season for people to catch bugs and colds. Many employers think that if you book time off work and you are ill then it is just bad luck. Maybe some employers, who do not have the Christmas spirit, think it is better that an employee is sick in their own time, rather than at work.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors in London

top London immigration solicitors have been waiting 18 months for the release of the government white paper on Immigration. It was finally released on Wednesday the 19th of December. 

Thursday, 20 December, 2018

After a very hectic couple of days at the London Business Show 2018 we are now back at the offices of OTS Solicitors looking back on a very busy few days.  We never realised that talking business could be such fun but with OTS Solicitors attending, exhibiting and speaking at the UK’s biggest business show with its 25,000 visitors we all thoroughly enjoyed the event. We will be booking our tickets and stand for the London Business Show 2019.

Thursday, 29 November, 2018

Nowadays not one day seems to go by without the press reporting on a business man receiving adverse publicity resulting from allegations of harassment of employees or a company falling foul of campaigns to avoid gender stereotyping of people in the work environment. The new culture and high profile campaigns make some business owners feel as if they are walking a tightrope between:

Thursday, 22 November, 2018

The one job that most London employment lawyers know that they have not got the skill set to carry out is Employment as a human resources manager.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Caroline Nokes recently told members of parliament that employers will have to check their EU employee’s eligibility to work in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Friday, 09 November, 2018

As the best Immigration lawyers in London know, Immigration law and employment law do not always sit easily together. Indeed, for any employer in the UK, working with top employment solicitors who also have an in-depth knowledge of the Immigration rules is a must.

Tuesday, 30 October, 2018

When people decide to set up their own company they often do not appreciate the vast array of roles they will end up undertaking in the early days of their business enterprise; from ordering the stationary , sorting out routine repairs and trying to cover  the company’s marketing , technology and human resource requirements.

Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

As every UK Employment lawyer knows, the validity of most Employment Tribunal claims is dependant on the claimant complying with clear and strict time limits. In most cases, this is 3 months from the behaviour of the employer (or the latest incident of the particular behaviour).

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

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Monday, 15 October, 2018

While none of the best employment lawyers in London would ever suggest or sanction the provision of false references by a prospective job applicant, one has to have a certain amount of admiration (whether misplaced or otherwise) for the would-be Captain of a commercial freight airline who gave false references, effectively asking his prospective employer to contact Jabba the Hutt to verify his experience.

Thursday, 11 October, 2018

Although Brexit is fast approaching, top employment solicitors remain only too aware of the need to pay attention to decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Wednesday, 10 October, 2018

TUPE – the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations – the nemesis of many UK employment lawyers and HR practitioners – makes it clear that in the case where the regulations apply, and an employee is transferred to a new employer, there should be no changes to the contract in connection with the transfer.

Friday, 05 October, 2018

The Conservative Party conference has been about more than Brexit, and London employment solicitors were interested to see the announcement that legislation is to be introduced relating to tips – more specifically to make sure that tips left for workers in bars, restaurants and other establishment

Friday, 05 October, 2018

redundancy is a word that’s never far from conversations, particularly when a UK Employment lawyer is on hand, in these uncertain times fuelled by Brexit and the concerns over the economy when the U

Friday, 05 October, 2018

OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that Teni Shahiean, co-founder and recommended Legal 500 lawyer, will be taking part in a panel discussion on equality in the legal industry at the Royal Courts of Justice. The event will feature a number of inspirational women lawyers and OTS are proud to be involved. 

Monday, 01 October, 2018

Protection against victimisation is a key component of the Equality Act 2010. As UK employment lawyers will explain, it offers protection to an employee who ‘does a protected act’. The term protected act will be familiar to top employment solicitors and covers bringing a claim or making a complaint about discrimination or supporting a colleague in doing so.

Friday, 28 September, 2018

You’ve experienced poor treatment at work – and understandably want advice and support from the best Employment lawyer you can find, but for many people, this comes at a cost.

Friday, 28 September, 2018

The whistleblowing legislation, which protects employees from unfair dismissal and victimisation by their employers for making protected disclosures, is regularly the subject of litigation, as top London employment lawyers will know.

Friday, 28 September, 2018

Alongside the codification of provisions against discrimination on grounds of race, sex and disability, the Equality Act 2010 clarified that discrimination on grounds of age was also unlawful, but top employment lawyers in London and Employment claim solicitors generally will often point to age discrimination being prioritised less than discrimination based on other protected characteristics.

Thursday, 27 September, 2018

There’s very little ‘good news’ for gig economy businesses such as the taxi operators including Uber who have already been hit hard by Employment Tribunal decisions and are now facing calls for more stringent checks ad licensing conditions in a report published by a Department of Transport Working Group.

Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

A recent disability discrimination case has reiterated to all Employment claim solicitors and anyone considering a claim under the Equality Act 2010 based on disability discrimination, that it is for the employee to prove that the disability in question has a long term and substantial adverse impact on his or her ability to carry out day to day activities.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Understanding whether an employee has resigned or has been dismissed is something that any UK Employment lawyer will want to know whether acting for an employer or employee in a case where Employment has come to an end. An employee who has been dismissed has the option of bringing a claim for unfair dismissal.

Monday, 24 September, 2018

Top employment solicitors have welcomed the news that the Parental Leave and Pay Bill has now achieved Royal Assent. Anticipated by employment law solicitors in London to come into force in 2020, the new law gives working parents the right to take 2 weeks’ leave should they suffer the devastating loss of a child. Statutory parental bereavement pay is also introduced.

Addressing the trauma of losing a child

Monday, 24 September, 2018

Many UK employment lawyers welcome the report by the Women and Equalities Committee earlier in 2018 which proposed a number of changes to benefit working families.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

Unpicking disability discrimination is a job that even many of the best employment lawyers in London will agree is difficult. Facts can be complex and applying the law to any given situation is rarely straightforward. For many employers too, the obligations under the legislation can feel onerous, with guidance unclear.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

Earlier this year, many London employment law solicitors took note of the case of Hincks v Sense Network Ltd. The case is seen by many UK employment lawyers as offering some comfort to employers who write a negative reference – provided they have taken reasonable care to do so.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

The best employment lawyers will often find that identifying an act of direct discrimination is straightforward – but occasionally caution is necessary. Not only is it important to consider what has happened as a matter of fact, but it is also important to scrutinise the motivation of the employer in its treatment of the employee.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018