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Employment law

Find out more about employment law with our selection of articles, links and guides to help you identify best practice to apply to your business.

What's on this page?

  • Legal Alert
  • Briefings
  • Online articles
  • Small Business Update
  • Useful links: guides, factsheets, summaries
  • Articles and books in the Library collection

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Featured book

Tolley's Employment handbook
E.A.Slade (LexisNexis, 2015)
This handbook is intended as a reference guide for employers, covering common law and the EC law on employment matters.

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Featured article

Dispelling the myths about Fit for Work
Article busts five myths and misconceptions surrounding the UK government's new 'Fit for Work' scheme, due to launch in autumn 2015. 

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Special topics

Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

An Internet policy for your employees


The Internet is a powerful tool for improving your business’ efficiency. But it can also be a great way for employees to waste time, damage the security of your IT system and give you legal headaches.

Discipline and grievance issues


It is absolutely vital that you follow fair and transparent procedures in disciplinary and grievance matters. If you fail to do so, you could find yourself judged to have dismissed someone unfairly.

Employment contracts


A contract of employment exists as soon as an applicant accepts your offer of employment. A clear, reasonable contract helps you to ensure that the employee understands what is expected, and to minimise the risk of disputes. At the same time, you need to understand what your contractual obligations are, and what terms you can (and cannot) enforce.

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Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Employers not required to create ideal job for returning employee

Report on the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal's ruling that employers are not always required to create an 'ideal job' for an employee returning from sickness absence. The ruling was delivered in the case of Makuchova v Guoman Hotel Management.

Dispelling the myths about Fit for Work

An article busting five myths surrounding the UK government's new 'Fit for Work' scheme, due to launch in autumn 2015. Myths covered include: that it will replace occupational health; that employees will have to undergo Fit for Work to get paid; that consultations will be carried out by admin staff.

Adapting OH to strengthen an ageing workforce

Simone Lewis investigates how employers can use occupational health (OH) to provide a healthy working environment for older workers. Topics include ergonomic factors to consider, older workers and the law and how ageing affects health from an employer's perspective.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

Disciplining or sacking employees for activities outside of work


Membership of extreme political parties, criminal activity, football hooliganism, taking illegal substances: if your workers' leisure activities create problems with other colleagues or customers or could potentially damage your business' reputation – what can you do?

Q&A: Should I employ a family member?


Asking relatives to lend a helping hand with your business is quite different from recruiting somebody from outside the business. What are the additional considerations when hiring kith and kin and is it wise to choose a family member?

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Useful links


Employment Act 2008
Full text of the Act as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes.

Employment Rights Act 1996
Full text of the Act as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes.

This is not an exhaustive list of legislation relating to employment. The ICAEW Library holds numerous print publications on employment law and also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.

Other resources

Employing people
Guidance from Gov.uk covering pay, contracts and recruitment.

Employment law
Resources from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) include factsheets, international guidance and survey reports.

Code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures
Guide produced by Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service). Last updated MArch 2015 .

Subscription employment law resource from DiscLaw Publishing with a range of free information sources. The site includes a directory of employment law abbreviations, employment law definitions, summarised cases and a subject based directory of information on current employment law.

Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR) 
Free case summaries involving employment law, discrimination, competition and other subjects.

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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