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Our thoughts on the world of employment law - and beyond.

Changes to off-payroll working: public authorities take note!

Changes to off-payroll working: public authorities take note!

Just before Christmas, Michal Chudy flagged the introduction of something called "off-payroll working in the public sector", but what is it all about? Helpfully, HMRC has just issued new guidance on the change.

Worker status: a decidedly "leaky" definition

Worker status: a decidedly "leaky" definition

It seems that not a month goes by at the minute without some sort of mention of employment status and this month is no different. The Court of Appeal has just handed down judgment in the case of Pimlico Plumber Ltd v Smith, finding that, despite being described as self-employed, Mr Smith was in fact a worker and so entitled to worker rights.  Historically, case law has focussed very firmly on questions of employment versus self-employment, and this case highlights yet again that in many ways...

Employment tribunal decisions (or some of them, anyway), go online

Employment tribunal decisions (or some of them, anyway), go online

I've lost count of the number of times clients have expressed bafflement (and on occasion, exasperation) on learning that tribunal judgments were not readily accessible online.  Happily, HM Courts and Tribunals have listened, and now have followed through on their announcement last year that new employment judgments would be available on an online register.

Review of Employment Tribunal Fees

Review of Employment Tribunal Fees

On 31 January 2017, the Ministry of Justice launched the long awaited results of its review of the introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunals. It also, at the same time and within the same document, launched a consultation in relation to some limited proposed reforms to the current fee regime. In relation to its review of the introduction of fees, the Ministry and Justice concludes that the introduction of fees has “broadly met its objectives”.