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Paul McGrath advises clients across a broad range of industry sectors in all areas of contentious and non-contentious UK employment law. His practice covers all aspects of UK employment legislation and day-to-day employment matters, including appointments and terminations, employment status and worker classification issues, employee handbooks and policies, employee data privacy, disciplinary and grievance issues, and restructuring and redundancy exercises. Read Paul McGrath's full bio.

The Month of Change: June Ushers in the “New Normal” in the United Kingdom


By , and on Jun 11, 2020
Posted In Employment

In the UK, changes in restrictions will see non-essential shops opening and many workers hesitantly going back into offices even though they could work from home. Government focus has therefore started to shift to the “re-opening” of business. Access the full article.

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UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Significant Developments


By , and on Apr 28, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued its sixth update to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance (Guidance). Separately, the UK Treasury has issued a Treasury Direction (Direction) to HMRC setting out the legal framework for the Scheme. There are few points that have been clarified in the Guidance, but there is one glaring...

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Brexit Update: Effects on Employment


By and on Feb 6, 2020
Posted In Employment

The United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union and has entered into a transition period until December 31 2020, unless an extension of 1 or 2 years is agreed by July 1 2020 (the Brexit Long Stop Date). During this transition period, the UK will continue to trade with the EU...

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UK Tax Changes Shift Worker Classification Burden to Clients


By , and on Nov 26, 2019
Posted In Employment

The UK Government has confirmed that it will extend to the private sector tax rules designed to target tax avoidance by contractors who operate through an intermediary personal service company (PSC). The UK Government has announced that new “off-payroll working” tax rules (commonly known as IR35) will apply to the private sector from April 2020....

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Increase in UK Employment Protection Awards


By , and on Apr 3, 2018
Posted In Employment

The compensation limits on Employment Tribunal awards and certain other amounts payable under UK employment legislation will increase as of 6 April 2018. This alert sets out the changes in full and highlights important consequences for employers. Access the full article.

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UK Employment Alert | What to Expect in UK Employment Law in 2018: GDPR, Brexit Negotiations and More


By , and on Jan 11, 2018
Posted In Employment, Privacy and Data Security

Whilst 2017 was anticipated to be a fairly static year for UK employment law, that did not in fact prove to be the case, and there were various notable developments. To a large degree, 2018 is likely to be defined by the ongoing Brexit negotiations and the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will,...

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UK Employment Alert | The Uber Saga Continues – “Worker” Status in the Gig Economy


By , and on Nov 30, 2017
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employment, Labor

The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld the Employment Tribunal’s finding that Uber drivers are “workers”. It rejected Uber’s argument that Uber is simply a technology platform acting as an agent to connect self-employed Uber drivers with users of the ride-hailing app. What Is the Issue? The United Kingdom recognises three categories of employment status:...

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“Back to School” Round-Up of Key UK Employment Law Developments in 2017 to Date


By , and on Sep 27, 2017
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor, Retirement Plans

In this “back to school” round-up, we take the opportunity to catch up on the most important UK employment law events and developments in 2017 to date. Continue Reading

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UK Supreme Court Rules Employment Tribunal Fee Regime


By , and on Aug 3, 2017
Posted In Employment, Labor

A significant judgment delivered on July 26, 2017, by the UK Supreme Court increases the likelihood of employment claims being brought in the future and is of significance to all organizations employing staff in the United Kingdom. Read the full article.

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UK Employment Alert: Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What You Need to Know


By , and on Mar 16, 2017
Posted In Employment, Labor

McDermott’s “Key Employment Law Events in 2017 and Beyond” update highlighted the upcoming regulations requiring certain employers to report on the gender pay gap in their workforce (Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017) (the Regulations). Under these Regulations, from April 2017, large private and voluntary sector UK employers will be required annually...

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