ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS = ZERO CRUMPETS!

A few years ago Hovis bakers treated us to a most memorable TV advert depicting its 122 year history. Remember it? The street-wise boy purchasing a loaf of bread and making his way home not only through the streets but also through time. He meets up with suffragettes, soldiers marching to WW1, then the blitz, … Continue reading ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS = ZERO CRUMPETS!

Regulation, Regulation, Regulation! The Coalition Government, Employment and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The Government is very worked up at present about regulation. I dislike red tape. I think it is laudable that we should seek to regulate sensibly and proportionately. But there’s not a lot of joined-up thinking going on. So, in the midst of a set of Employment Law and Tribunal reforms that unashamedly aim to … Continue reading Regulation, Regulation, Regulation! The Coalition Government, Employment and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Health and Safety – and the Boer War!

The recently enacted Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act contains a number of disturbing provisions, including the frankly bonkers proposals in relation to share incentives for employees who are prepared to sign away their employment rights. But hidden away in there, and most disturbing of all perhaps, was Clause 61, a last minute amendment that snuck … Continue reading Health and Safety – and the Boer War!

Employment Law Reform: A dogmatic change in the face of the clearest evidence

Our Legal Correspondent writes: I have massive concerns not only about the content of the changes to employment law that are coming (and those that have already hit) but also the reasons behind them. It seems that the Government’s own recent research now completely supports those concerns. The Government said we are over-burdened by ‘red … Continue reading Employment Law Reform: A dogmatic change in the face of the clearest evidence