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Back to Basics: The Probation Period

A probationary period is essentially a trial period for a new employee. It is not a legal concept; it is a management tool. It allows both parties to assess objectively if the new recruit is suited to the role. Employers must ensure they review the new recruit at regular intervals during the probationary period. The following should be taken into consideration when reviewing:

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Employment status: Uber drivers found to be workers

There was a flurry of excitement in the SCE office last Friday.  One contributing factor was the arrival of the employment tribunal’s eagerly anticipated decision on whether Uber drivers were employees, workers or self-employed.  Back in August 2016, we first reported on the case.  The Judgment landed mid-afternoon on Friday and we spent our weekend considering the 40-page document to bring you this breaking news!

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Are ‘Associate Dentists’ Workers under the Equality Act 2010?

The question of whether ‘Associate Dentists’ are workers under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) is one that is often put to us as Employment Lawyers and is particularly pertinent when looking at whether discrimination claims can be pursued. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the legislation, a worker under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (“ERA”) is defined as someone who has entered into or works under: 

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Actors put Employment Status in the Spotlight

Employment status plays a central role in employment law as it determines the rights and protections available to individuals and can often have implications in relation to, for example, tax liability.

In the last three years alone, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have decided on the employment status of volunteers, lap dancers as well as Methodist Preachers.

Given the complexities in this area of law, the Government’s recent decision to review worker and employee status is welcome in many quarters. According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) many individuals are currently unaware of their employment status and so consequently their employment rights.

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Are Associate Dentists Workers under the Equality Act 2010?

The long standing debate amongst lawyers in respect  of whether ‘Associate Dentists’ were workers under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) has had some clarification over the last couple of years.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the legislation, a worker under the ERA is defined as someone who has entered into or works under a:

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