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

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’s Publications section, which can be found within “Advice and Guidance”, includes codes of practice, research papers, and a variety of advisory handbooks, booklets and leaflets which can be downloaded free or bought as hard copy. The publications are also indexed via the “Advice A-Z” section. Annual reports 1999-2000 onwards are available in the “about us” section.

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

This section of the GOV.UK web site provides general information on employment law. It includes information about a variety of employment issues.

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 onwards on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary site.

Employment Cases Update

Employment Cases Update provides a free database of employment law judgments from the Employment Appeal Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, January 2010 onwards, with judgments appearing on the site within a week of publication. There are also updates on legislative changes and occasional employment law articles, and a weekly email newsletter is available. The site is published by Bath Publishing Limited, with Carol Davis of Littleton Chambers as Consultant Editor.

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 1996. Its web site 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 The EU-OSHA’s Magazine 1999 onwards, annual reports 1996 onwards, factsheets, reports, and other publications.

European Commission: Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

This is the web site 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 database of reports, consultation documents, and other documents 1990 onwards, and “News and multimedia” includes a news archive 2004 onwards.

Gangmasters Licensing 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. There are public registers, codes of practice, guidance, newsletters, information on licensing procedures, and links to legislation including regulations.

Harassment Law

This site, which is maintained by Neil Addison, barrister and co-author of Harassment law and practice, includes the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and cases and articles thereon, plus articles on various aspects of harassment: stalking, malicious communications, racial/sexual harassment, harassment at work and anti-social behaviour.

Hardwicke

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 from the “Insights” tab at the head of the home page.

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 the beginning of 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 (ILO conventions, recommendations, ratification information, etc); and NATLEX, a database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation.

LabourWeb

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.

Thomas More Chambers

Newsletters and bulletins on employment law 2002 onwards and property law 2003 onwards are available here on the web site of Thomas More Chambers, a set of barristers’ chambers in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London.

Thompsons Solicitors: Publications

Thompsons Solicitors is a UK law firm which specialises in personal injury law. Publications on the site include Thompsons Labour and European Law Review, published July 1996 onwards, originally as a monthly review of developments and more recently as a biannual publication, with a weekly edition currently available on the web site. It features comment on cases affecting trade unions and their members. Other site content includes information leaflets and guides relating to many aspects of personal injury and employment law.

TUC: Workplace Issues

This section of the Trades Union Congress web site includes briefing documents, reports, newsletters and press releases relating to employment law, 1999 onwards, via the menu at the left of the page. There are also links to documents on a variety of other web sites.

Working, Jobs and Pensions

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