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The Gig Economy: You may be a Worker

Feb 17, 2017

Many people will understand that a worker may be anyone with a job, an employee is someone who works for a company while someone Employment Contract who is self-employed works for themselves. But following a recent court decision, the position of freelance workers may have become clearer.

Temperatures soaring in the workplace

Sep 06, 2016

This summer’s hot weather raised the issue of the law regarding temperatures in the workplace.

Meet our 'Client of the Month' - Redundancy Advice "was worth many thousands of pounds"

Jun 30, 2016

Barrett and Co can help employees who are facing redundancy or dismissal - When you are faced with a David against Goliath situation, it is very easy to feel you are powerless or that you have less information available about your rights than your employer.

Employee Absences: How to manage the effects and prevent excess time off

May 26, 2016

Does your company have systems in place to measure absenteeism and analyse its cost so you can identify problem areas?

The Reynolds Report - The only constant thing is change...

Apr 20, 2016

Only in the rarefied air of Westminster would the idea of introducing a 275 page Bill to “open up new opportunities for small business” produce anything other than surprise (and frustration).

The National Living Wage and 'on call' employees

Apr 20, 2016

How are the number of hours worked by ‘on call’ employees to be calculated in the context of the National Minimum Wage? A tribunal tackled that thorny issue in the case of a school security guard who was required to live on the premises and to respond to alarm calls day and night.

New Minimum Wage Rates and tougher enforcement

Dec 01, 2015

Employers are reminded that the following changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates came into effect on 1 October 2015:  The adult NMW rate increased from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour; The NMW rate for workers aged 18 to 20 increased from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour;

Shared parental leave – a reminder

Aug 14, 2015

Employers are reminded that new regulations came into force on 1 December 2014 that make changes to the way in which eligible parents will take leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The new rules apply to couples with babies due on or after 5 April 2015 or children matched or placed for adoption on or after that date.   Shared parental leave…

Equal Pay Audits

Jan 12, 2015

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay and conditions where they are in the same employment and are doing the same or similar work, work rated as equivalent or work of equal value. An employer only has a defence against a claim of sex discrimination with regard to pay where the difference…

LLP Members and Pensions

Jan 12, 2015

Following the decision of the Supreme Court that a member of a limited liability partnership (LLP) should be considered to be a 'worker' for employment law purposes, the Pensions Regulator has confirmed that LLP members can be eligible for pensions auto-enrolment.  If you require advice on the employment status…

Welcome to the Barrett and Co Articles Library, here you will find articles on many relevant and interesting topics. This section will be updated every few months so check back regularly. If you have any suggestions for articles please email [email protected] or use the Contact Form on the right.

Please note that whilst we make every effort to make sure that these articles reflect the law at the time they are written, they are not maintained as the law is constantly changing and affects each person or business in different ways. If you require specific advice on a matter please call our office or email the relevant solicitor and they will be happy to assist you.

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