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Employment law

Our selection of articles, guides and online resources can help you identify best practices 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
(LexisNexis, 2016)
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

On the horizon in 2017
A summary of the changes facing UK employment law in 2017, with recommendations for best practice.

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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 are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Access knowledge and networks


Whether you need help developing your technology, want to improve your skills or are looking for new distribution channels, networking and forging the right alliances can give you the knowhow you need.

An internet policy for your employees


The internet is essential for doing business. However, it can also be a great way for employees to waste time, cause security issues, or give you legal headaches.

Discipline and grievance issues


Good procedures enable you to deal with disciplinary and grievance issues consistently and fairly, with a view to sorting them out before they become serious. Fair and transparent procedures are also vital to help you avoid potential accusations of unfair dismissal.

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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.

On the horizon in 2017

A summary of the changes facing UK employment law in 2017, with recommendations for best practice.

Employment law changes in 2016: eight things employers should know

In 2016, employers will begin to feel the impact of several employment law reforms made by the UK government. Bar Huberman looks at some controversial decisions affecting a number of HR areas, including gender pay reporting, the national living wage and new rules to protect apprenticeships.

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.

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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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