Paul McGrath

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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.

New UK Employment Law Changes Taking Effect

By and on May 2, 2024
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

This spring sees the introduction of a number of important changes to employment laws in the United Kingdom. These include: Expansion of the existing right to request flexible working New rules for the calculation of holiday and holiday pay entitlement for irregular hour workers and part-year workers A new unpaid leave right for carers Greater...

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Employer Due Diligence Lessons from UK Share Scheme Case

By , and on Nov 7, 2023
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

The recent decision in Ponticelli Limited v Gallagher provides a salient reminder that the right to participate in a share incentive plan can transfer to a new employer under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. The right applies even if the employee’s right to participate in the plan arose outside of the contract of...

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UK Employment Rates and Compensation Increases Take Effect

By , and on Apr 27, 2023
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Labor, Payroll and Fringe Benefits

As summer approaches and the clocks are set forward, April marks an increase in the National Minimum Wage, compensation for unfair dismissal and other payments required by UK employment laws. Read more here.

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VIDEO: COVID-19 Vaccination and Five Key Considerations for Healthcare Employers

By and on Jun 1, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

The question of whether or not to make vaccinations mandatory for workers is being considered by employers globally, particularly those in the healthcare sector. In this video, McDermott Will & Emery partner Carole A. Spink outlines some of the most common employer-related vaccine questions, including incentives and data privacy concerns. Spink and McDermott partner Paul...

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New Criminal Obligations on UK Employers and Employees

By and on Jan 15, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Labor

In September, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into effect in the United Kingdom. The Regulations, together with earlier updates from the Government of the United Kingdom, require office workers who can work “effectively” from home to do so over the winter. What’s more, potential criminal liability attaches to any employer...

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Returning to the Workplace in the UK: Key Issues for Employers

By and on Jul 8, 2020
Posted In Employment

As the UK Government works through its phased COVID-19 recovery strategy and lockdown restrictions are progressively eased, employers in the United Kingdom are contemplating the implications of returning staff to the workplace. In this article, we address some of the key issues for employers to consider, with a particular focus on the UK Government’s “Covid-secure”...

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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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