Employee incentives
Legal Updates
We focus on the introduction of the law relating to shared parental leave and consider how an employer should respond when an employee informs them that he intends to take an extended period of time off work to help take care of his child when it is born.
"An employee has asked to be accompanied to a grievance meeting by a disruptive colleague. Can we refuse?" Answers to real life questions asked by employers in relation to the day-to-day running of their businesses.
Changes are being made to the Employment Tribunal system in England. From Monday 29 July 2013, new Employment Tribunal Rules will be in force and (most) claimants will be required to pay a fee in order to commence a claim.
Marissa Mayer’s announcement that all flexible arrangements at Yahoo! will end this June has been widely reported in the press recently. Ms Mayer is not the only leading business figure of late to view flexible working as a barrier, rather than a bridge, to a productive working environment. Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, agrees that this practice doesn’t provide the desired synergy within the workforce.
Employment law in England and Wales is going through major reform, and we consider a number of the latest developments in the field and how they benefit employers and employees.
In October 2012 George Osborne announced plans to introduce a new type of employment status: the “employee shareholder”.  The proposal is set to be introduced in April 2013 and will enable companies to offer, and in some cases require, employees to enter into a specific contract of employment in which they waive a number of employment rights.  In exchange, the employee will receive shares in the employer company worth between £2,000 and £50,000, with any growth in value of the shares being exempt from Capital Gains Tax.
We consider how the broad approach currently adopted by employment tribunals means employees abroad can argue their way into the UK's jurisdiction.
Prior to 1 October 2012, “micro” employers (with less than five employees) were under no legal obligation to provide those employees with pension benefits, whilst employers with five or more employees were only required to provide employees with access to a stakeholder pension scheme. Employers were not, however, required to contribute into a pension scheme on behalf of employees.
Underhill J, the former Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) president, has recently completed his review of the Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2004 (ET Rules).
In November 2011 an administration clerk at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court in Essex, became the first individual to be convicted of a personal offence under the Bribery Act 2010 (the Act) when he was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for bribery.
Motherhood is upon you and you need help. But where to start? What is the difference between a nanny and an au pair? Are there any legal pitfalls?
On 9 December 2010 the government published draft legislation designed to prevent the use of trusts and other third party structures as a means of reducing tax on employment income.
Tax at 18% rather than 50% for employees and directors
In the light of proposed tax increases, and the current economic climate, this is an ideal time for companies to consider setting up share option plans and other share based incentive arrangements.
Bankers’ bonus structures (typically calculated by reference to short term individual/peer group/team performance) have been criticised for encouraging “inappropriate” and “excessive” risk taking for short term personal profit without consideration for the longer term interests of a bank’s shareholders and stakeholders.
News and Deals
Fladgate LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of tax partner Hamilton Forrest, who joins from Rosenblatt, where he has been a partner since 2011. Hamilton is no stranger to Fladgate however, having been a partner at the firm previously.
Fladgate LLP is delighted that the recently launched 2013 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession continues to rank the firm across the board.
Fladgate LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of employment partner Daniel Wise. Daniel joins from K&L Gates LLP, where he has been a partner since 2009.
Fladgate LLP has, once again, been highly rated by the recently published Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2012, with a number of the firm’s partners ranked as leading individuals. 
Fladgate is delighted that 15 of its partners will feature as "Leaders in their Field" in the 2012 edition of Chambers UK – a Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession, due to be published in October 2011.
Updates for HR professionals
Updates for HR professionals
Updates for HR professionals
Updates for HR professionals