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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
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Featured book

Tolley's Employment handbook
(LexisNexis, 2017)
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

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

20 DECEMBER 2017

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

26 JANUARY 2017

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

19 OCTOBER 2017

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.

Employment contracts

01 MARCH 2017

A contract of employment exists as soon as an applicant accepts your offer of a job.

Filing and records management

12 JUNE 2017

Business information can be an important contributor to your competitive advantage. Good filing and record-keeping systems make sure you have what you need, and avoid wasting time and effort looking for misfiled information and misplaced files.

Find advisers in finance, law, HR and intellectual property

19 OCTOBER 2017

Using the right advisers helps ensure that you deal with important financial, legal and other issues the right way. Advisers can also act as an excellent sounding board for your ideas, offering general guidance as well as specialist expertise.

Legal responsibilities of community organisations

19 OCTOBER 2017

Volunteers at community organisations are often surprised to discover that their legal responsibilities are little different from those of businesses run for profit. For example, a community organisation that fails to comply with health and safety regulations risks harming people in just the same way as a business does.

Your firm and the Data Protection Act

19 OCTOBER 2017

All businesses that keep any information on living and identifiable people must comply with the Data Protection Act. The Act applies to any computerised or manual records containing personal information about people.

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.

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

01 JUNE 2015

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?

01 MAY 2015

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?

A guide to UK disability law

01 MAY 2015

Employers need to know what amounts to a disability and what they have to do if they have a disabled employee or job applicant. Our quick guide will make sure you have covered all the bases.

Terminating employment – top tips to get it right

01 APRIL 2015

When an employee leaves, for whatever reason, it is vital to get everything right, from reclaiming your property to ensuring your confidential information is kept secret after the employee leaves. Check out the key steps to take for a trouble-free termination.

Gross misconduct – a step-by-step guide

01 APRIL 2015

Gross misconduct is behaviour, on the part of an employee, which is so bad that it destroys the employer/employee relationship, and merits instant dismissal without notice or pay in lieu of notice. Get the procedure right with the help of this step-by-step guide.

Top 15 employment law facts you need to know

01 FEBRUARY 2015

Employment law covers a vast area – from employment contracts to dismissal and everything in between. Complying with employment law keeps your workforce happier and more productive, and saves you the cost and stress of employment tribunal claims. Read these 15 key employment rules to help you get started.

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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

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