Articles by Rose Branson

Does all employment law in the UK derive from the EU?

A large proportion of the employment law which subsists in the UK derives from EU law.  To name a few aspects, discrimination, collective consultation on redundancy, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE), family leave entitlements, the Working Time Regulations 1998 and The Agency Worker Regulations 2010. However, much of the employment […]


Introduction of the national living wage, and increases in national minimum wage – 1 April 2016

As you hopefully know, all workers are entitled to be paid at a rate which is not less than the national minimum wage. Currently, there are four categories of worker, each of which benefits from a different rate of the national minimum wage. However, from 1 April 2016, a fifth category of worker, aged 25 […]

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

Dreaming of a White Christmas?  In reality, dreams of ‘snow days’ are often an HR Manager’s nightmare, with serious travel and childcare disruption, and concerns over unauthorised absences. We set out the key considerations for employers facing a frozen flurry. Be flexible Remember that there will be members of your staff who are more aversely […]


Rules permitting Sikhs to wear turbans in the workplace

On 1 October 2015 a new provision of law was introduced which permitted workers practising the Sikh faith to wear their turbans in the workplace. This extended the right for Sikhs to wear their turbans on construction sites, and in safe environments, closing the loophole that meant Sikhs could not wear their turbans in hazardous environments […]

Shared Parental Leave

The new shared parental leave system has now come in to force, pursuant to the Children and Families Act 2014, and will apply to parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015. The new system does not mean that the existing maternity and paternity leave and pay provisions will be repealed, and shared […]


Looking ahead at 2015

Employment law this year, as in every year, faces significant changes in 2015. In the first half of the year, we can expect to see: The introduction of Shared Parental Leave – 5 April 2015; This new system will come into force for children whose expected week of childbirth, or date of placement for adoption […]

Employment Tribunal Fees

29 July 2014 will mark the first anniversary of the introduction of legal fees in the Employment Tribunal. Heavily publicised and politically charged, the introduction of fees for submitting a claim, and further fees for progressing to a full hearing, has had a considerable impact on the Employment Tribunal System, as demonstrated in brief by […]