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Below is a list of employment law websites where you will find lots of helpful information on HR and employment law issues.


Arbitration/Mediation

Determinations of the Central Arbitration Committee http://www.cac.gov.uk
The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution’s website http://www.cedr.co.uk
The Alternative Dispute Resolution’s website http://www.adrgroup.co.uk
ACAS’ website http://www.acas.org.uk


Crime

Criminal Records Bureau http://data.gov.uk/publisher/criminal-records-bureau


Data Protection

The Information Commissioner’s website http://ico.org.uk/


Discrimination - Age

Part of the Department of Work & Pension’s website – containing information on age discrimination with a link to the Code of Practice http://www.agepositive.gov.uk


Discrimination - Disability

The Disability Rights Commission’s website. Includes links to legislation, information and advice. http://www.drc-gb.org
Government website with information on disability rights and available benefits http://www.disability.gov.uk


Discrimination - General

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s website http://www.equalityhumanrights.com
Government sponsored website for business on discrimination issues http://www.equalitydirect.org.uk
Guide to Proving Employment Discrimination and Filing a Lawsuit http://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/employment-discrimination.html


Discrimination - Race

Equality and Human Rights Commission http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/


Discrimination - Sex

Government website for promoting and realising the benefits of diversity in the economy and more widely http://www.gov.uk/government/policies/equality


Employment Act 2002

The DTI’s section on the Employment Act 2002 http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/employ/index.htm


Employment Advisers

David Williamson Head of Employment at Kemp Little http://www.kemplittle.com
Derian Keyms, consultant and Ex HR Director of Burberry http://www.deriankeymsconsulting.com


Employment Tribunal/Court Practice

The Employment Tribunal’s website http://www.employmenttribunals.gov.uk
Employment Tribunal forms http://www.employmenttribunals.gov.uk/FormsGuidance/formsGuidance.htm
The Employment Appeal Tribunal’s website http://www.employmentappeals.gov.uk
Court Service’s website http://www.courtservice.gov.uk
Decisions of the Fair Employment Tribunal for Northern Ireland http://www.legal-island.com
House of Lords judgements http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/ld199697/ldjudgmt/ldjudgmt.htm
European Court of Human Rights – Judgements and decisions http://www.echr.coe.int/Eng/Judgments.htm


Europe

European Union Law http://www.europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/
The website of the European Court of Justice http://www.europa.eu.int/cj/en/index.htm
The European Court of Human Rights’ website http://www.echr.coe.int
Federation of European Employees. Primarily a subscription site but with a collection of primary texts in employment law and much other free material http://www.fedee.com/index.shtml
European Industrial Relations Observatory Online http://www.eiro.eurofound.ie


General

British Employment Law’s website – ‘superportal’ with numerous links to various sites. Includes downloadable forms, legislative materials, codes of conduct and news. Please note that registration is necessary for full access to the site. http://www.emplaw.co.uk
Personnel Today’s website http://www.personneltoday.com
The CIPD’s website http://www.cipd.co.uk/default.cipd
Legal Resources in the UK and Ireland, maintained by Delia Venables http://www.venables.co.uk
ABI website http://www.abi.org.uk
Privacy International’s UK website http://www.privacyinternational.org
Expert Tim Field’s resource for workplace bullying and related issues http://www.bullyonline.org
Confederation of British Industry http://www.cbi.org.uk/home.html
Citizens Advice Bureau http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Free resource for managing absence/DDA http://www.managingabsence.org.uk/default.asp?section=ssp
British and Irish Legal Information Institute – freely available legal information, cases and announcements http://www.bailii.org
Industrial Law Society – past speakers section contains useful commentaries http://www.industriallawsociety.org.uk/
City University London law students’ site. Contains employment links and articles http://www.lawbore.net
Online directory of expert witnesses http://www.legaldirectory.ws/Services/Expert_Witnesses/default.aspx
Online directory of expert witnesses http://www.expertsearch.co.uk
Online database of US legal definitions http://www.legal-term.com


Government Websites

DTI Hot Topics website http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/hot_topics.htm
DTI Employment Relations http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/index.htm
DTI Publications List http://www.dti.gov.uk/publications/
Her Majesty’s Stationery Office http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk
Department for Work and Pensions http://www.dwp.gov.uk
The Department for Education and Skill’s website http://www.dfes.gov.uk/index.htm
The Department for Constitutional Affairs http://www.lcd.gov.uk
Government Information and Services http://www.direct.gov.uk/Homepage/fs/en
Parliament’s website http://www.parliament.uk
Home Office website – to find publications search under the A-Z menu at the top of the screen http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk


Health & Safety

The Health and Safety Executive’s website http://www.hse.gov.uk
What HSE is doing to address the issue of stress at work, and provide access to a range of information, resources and further points of contact. http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress
The Health and Safety Executive’s website developed in partnership with Butterworths is mainly subscription but also has free information such as news, consultation, press releases and links http://www.hsedirect.com


Immigration

The Immigration & Nationality Directorate are responsible for Immigration control, including applications for permission to stay, citizenship and asylum http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk
Information about the various routes open to Foreign Nationals who want to come and work in the United Kingdom http://www.eurodesk.org.uk/?q=work/work_in_the_uk
The OISC regulates immigration advisers in accordance with the Commissioner's Code of Standards and Rules http://www.oisc.gov.uk/
Foreign and Commonwealth Office http://www.fco.gov.uk


Journals

IDS website http://www.incomesdata.co.uk
IDS Briefs http://www.idsbrief.co.uk


Maternity and Family Leave Rights

The DTI’s Working Parents section http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/workingparents.htm
The DTI’s Maternity section http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/maternity.htm
The DTI’s Paternity section http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/paternity.htm
The DTI’s Guidance for Parental Leave http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/parental.htm
DTI Interactive guide on family friendly rights http://www.tiger.gov.uk
Inland Revenue SSP and SMP Guidance http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/employers/during.htm#2


Minimum Wage

The DTI’s section on the Minimum Wage http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/nmw/
DTI interactive guide on NMW http://www.tiger.gov.uk


News

News extracts, some of which are employment law related http://www.legalday.co.uk
Topical news extracts for employers http://www.employersnews.co.uk


Pensions

Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority http://www.opra.gov.uk
Association of Pension’s Lawyers’ website http://www.apl.org.uk
Information about Stakeholder Pensions http://www.stakeholderpensions.gov.uk


Redundancy

The DTI’s Redundancy section http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/redundancy.htm


Tax & NIC

The Inland Revenue’s website http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk


Trade Unions

The TUC’s website http://www.tuc.org.uk
Labour Research Department website – organisation publishing news and information for trade unionists. Useful Directory and news service. Other content is subscription only. http://www.lrd.org.uk
The TUC’s Guide to Employment http://www.worksmart.org.uk
The website of the Certification Officer http://www.certoffice.org/pages/index.cfm?pageID=home


Unfair Dismissal

The DTI’s Unfair Dismissal section http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/unfair-pl712.htm


Health and Smoking

Help legal professionals quit smoking and lead healthier lives https://quitday.org/
The American Cancer Society, who support tobacco-free living http://www.cancer.org/
Rehab 4 Addiction http://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/
Providing impartial and independent advice to those suffering from alcohol related addiction http://www.rehab4alcoholism.com/


Whistleblowing

The DTI’s section on the Working Time Regulations http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/work_time_regs/wtr0.htm
Public Concern at Work – this is the independent charity behind the Public Interest Disclosure Act http://www.pcaw.co.uk/
Whistleblower Info http://www.whistleblowerinfo.com/

Please note that these links are provided solely for your convenience and Tim Russell is not responsible for the accuracy or content of any of these websites and does not accept any liability arising from their use.
Case of the Month
3/2017
Pimlico Plumbers and Charlie Mullins v Gary Smith
The Court of Appeal has given a clear summary of the principles for the 'personal service' aspect of the employment status tests in finding that individuals who Pimlico Plumbers claimed were self employed were actually workers and entitled to eg a minimum wage and paid holiday . Another GIG economy case to follow on from a similar decision against Uber. These cases are fact sensitive but companies need to be aware they cannot circumvent employment protection laws by using a "self employed contractor " label to individuals who are actually employees or workers.
 
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