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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.

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  • 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, 2014, 1451 pages)
This handbook is intended as a reference guide for employers, covering common law and the EC law on employment matters.

To borrow this book please contact the Library.

Featured article

It's a thin line between obese and disabled 
Caterer & Hotelkeeper, 2/13/2015, p.38
Employers should be aware that if severe obesity prevents an employee carrying out their job, it can be considered a disability.

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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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Briefings

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.

Employment contracts

01-10-2013

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.

Discipline and grievance issues

01-03-2013

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 law: the basics

01-10-2014

Employment law is a complex area that is full of pitfalls. Getting it right means keeping in touch with developments, thinking out your policies and implementing them with care.

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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.

Small Business Update

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

Making redundancies

01-02-2015

Alternatives to making redundancies: If you are considering redundancies, take advice early. You may be able to avoid making redundancies at all.

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Useful links

Legislation

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.

Emplaw.co.uk
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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