11 KBW: Employment Blog

A blog covering recent developments in employment law, produced by members of 11 KBW, a set of barristers’ chambers in the Temple whose areas of expertise include public, administrative and commercial law.


Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) is a non-departmental public body whose purpose is to promote and facilitate strong employment relations in the UK. The site contains advice on employment law for employees and employers, as well as codes of practice (currently accessible via “Search website”). Research papers, a variety of advisory handbooks, booklets and leaflets, and Annual Reports 1999-2000 onwards are currently available on an archived version of ACAS’s old web site, accessible via the link to “search the previous Acas website” in the results of a search of the site.

Central Arbitration Committee

The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) is a tribunal non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. It aims to encourage fair and efficient arrangements in the workplace by resolving collective disputes in England, Scotland and Wales, either by voluntary agreement or, if necessary, through a legal decision. This section of the GOV.UK web site has the outcomes and decisions for applications to the CAC under all jurisdictions from 1 January 2014. (Those made before 1 January 2014 are available via a link to the National Archives web site.) Press releases, guidance and forms are also available.

Certification Officer

The Certification Officer performs various statutory functions in the regulation of trade unions and employers’ associations, including the determination of complaints concerning trade union elections, certain other ballots and breaches of trade union rules. Content in this section of the GOV.UK web site includes decisions 1979 onwards; annual reports 2010-2011 onwards (with a link to archived annual reports going back to 1999-2000); guidance; and lists of trade unions and employers’ associations, with links to those having their own web sites.

Daniel Barnett: Employment Law Vault

Daniel Barnett is a barrister specialising in employment law at Outer Temple Chambers. This section of his web site comprises an archive, April 1999 onwards, of articles from his free employment law bulletins. Items are posted to the archive when the email bulletin is sent out. To subscribe to the bulletin, select the “Signup” option from the “Employment Law Bulletins” menu.

Employing People

The “Employing People” section of the GOV.UK web site provides an introduction to employers’ legal obligations, including those relating to appointing and dismissing employees, pay and pensions, working time, equal opportunities, health and safety, and industrial relations.

Employment Appeal Tribunal

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) is a superior court of record, with jurisdiction in England and Wales and Scotland, which deals with appeals from decisions of the Employment Tribunals, the Certification Officer and the Central Arbitration Committee. This section of the GOV.UK site has procedural information, guidance, and an unofficial consolidated version of the Employment Appeal Tribunal Rules 1993. Links are provided to relevant material elsewhere which includes full text judgments July 1999 to March 2017 on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary site. Recent decisions are now published here on the GOV.UK site itself.

Employment Tribunal

Employment tribunals determine disputes between employers and employees over employment rights. Information here on the GOV.UK web site includes downloadable forms and guidance relating to employment tribunals in both England & Wales and Scotland. There are links to the Legislation.gov.uk and Courts and Tribunals Judiciary web sites for regulations, practice directions, presidential practice rules and other guidance. Decisions are available 2017 onwards (with a few earlier ones of 2015-2016).

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

The European Union’s Occupational Safety and Health Agency (EU-OSHA) was established in 1994. Its website has links to EU legislation, guidelines and standards, recent news, documents from research programmes, and other information relating to occupational safety and health. The “Publications” section includes research reports, annual reports, factsheets, newsletters, and other publications.

European Commission: Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

This is the website of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, which is concerned with employment and social policy within the EU, including anti-discrimination measures. The “Publications and documents” section includes links to legislation, and a “Document database” of policy documents and reports, 2005 onwards.

Fieldfisher: Employment Law Blog

This blog focusing on employment law is produced by lawyers at Fieldfisher. It has a searchable archive of posts 2009 onwards.

Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) was created under the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 to curb the exploitation of workers in the agriculture, forestry, horticulture, shellfish gathering, and food processing and packaging industries. From May 2017, renamed the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), it also exercises police-style powers to investigate labour abuse and exploitation across all aspects of the UK labour market. There are public registers, codes of practice, guidance, newsletters, information on licensing procedures, and links to legislation including regulations.


Hardwicke is a set of barristers’ chambers in Lincoln’s Inn specialising in civil litigation. The site content includes case reports, articles and newsletters on a wide range of topics including commercial law, employment, housing, property, personal injury, clinical negligence and medical malpractice. These may be accessed within appropriate subject sections under the “Our expertise” tab.

Health and Safety Executive

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a non-departmental public body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare in England, Wales and Scotland. The site’s Legislation section, found on the “About HSE” tab under “HSE’s work”, includes lists of relevant Acts and Statutory Instruments, with links to full text on the Legislation.gov.uk web site. The Enforcement section, also under “HSE’s work”, has searchable databases of enforcement notices issued by HSE and of successful convictions obtained from HSE prosecutions. Other content includes consultations 2000 onwards, guidance, codes of practice, annual reports 2001/02 onwards, leaflets, newsletters, and press releases.

Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal, Northern Ireland

Industrial Tribunals in Northern Ireland hear and determine claims relating to a range of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, breach of contract, and discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation and equal pay. The Fair Employment Tribunal hears and determines complaints of discrimination on the grounds of religious belief and/or political opinion. The site contains main decisions, in a searchable database, from 2007 onwards. Information booklets may be downloaded from the Publications & Statistics section. In the Useful Information section there are links to relevant legislation on the Legislation.gov.uk web site.

International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations which promotes labour rights and the decent treatment of working people. Select “Statistics and databases” to access ILO’s legal databases. These include NORMLEX, a database of international labour standards (ratification information, reporting requirements, comments of the ILO’s supervisory bodies, etc.), and NATLEX, a database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation.

Labour Law Research Network

The Labour Law Research Network is an international network of academic researchers in labour law, set up in 2011 with the aim of advancing research in labour law. Its website includes papers and articles 2011 onwards, a list of institutional members with links to websites where available.


Labour Web is a European labour law site produced by the Massimo D’Antona Centre for the Study of European Labour Law at the University of Catania (Italy). It includes current and proposed directives, EU case law and other documents, EU press releases and statistics, and also relevant material from member states and international organisations.

Thompsons Solicitors: Thompsons Trade Union Law

Thompsons Solicitors is a UK law firm which specialises in personal injury law. The “News” section on this section of their website include recent issues of Thompsons Labour and European Law Review, and a selection of briefings and responses to government proposals. Other site content includes legal guides and newsletters relating to many aspects of personal injury and employment law.


The “Workplace guidance” section of the Trades Union Congress web site provides advice aimed at employees and union reps, while the “Info for researchers” link at the foot of the page provides background information about a wide variety of employment issues.

Working, Jobs and Pensions

This page of the GOV.UK web site provides information about employment from the perspective of the employee or jobseeker.