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Uber’s tribunal appeal rejected – Drivers are workers

Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed Workers are entitled to rights such as rest breaks and a minimum wage Two drivers originally took the case to tribunal last year There are more ‘gig economy’ legal cases to come Likely to end up in the Supreme Court, but the appeal tribunal decision is significant Self-employed contractor status could n...

Gemma Tumelty Of The HR Dept Responds To The CIPD’s People Skills Pilot Report

“Having delivered outsourced HR advice and support to SMEs around the UK and Ireland since 2003, we are better placed than most to recognise the huge value that face-to-face and telephone support offers businesses at the smaller end of the spectrum. As such we are unsurprised by the results of the CIPD People Skills pilot and welcome their recommendations. “It is patently true that lack of ...

Brexit, Skills Shortage And Employee Status – The Top Three Concerns For UK SMEs, Says The HR Dept Annual Survey

An annual survey of SMEs by The HR Dept shows skills shortages, Brexit and confusion over employee status as the top three concerns affecting their businesses. Respondents to the survey were more than 700 businesses in a variety of sectors, served by The HR Dept’s network of 65 independent outsourced HR experts in over 89 territories around the UK and Ireland. Of those who responded, 37% s...

HR NEWS: Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful, Supreme Court rules

Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful because of their effects on access to justice 86,130 cases were brought to a tribunal in 2015/16 A total of £11.6m was paid in fees for a tribunal in 2016/17 Previous claimants will be refunded £32m in fees Employees had to pay from £390 - £1,200 to get a hearing Appeals of tribunals started at £1,600 The Supreme Court said it was a ...

Response to Taylor Review report

The HR Dept has been calling for a long time for a simplification of employment status, to protect rights and ensure that business owners do not fall foul of legislation due to ignorance, confusion or bad business advice. Like many, we have witnessed the blatant circumnavigation of proper payment and treatment of people, as new technologies and platforms enter the market. So we are glad to see ...

A new trading partner: The HR Dept signs deal to launch in Australia

Nationwide UK outsourced human resources company The HR Dept has signed a deal to launch its services into Australia, in a master franchise with a difference. Gemma Tumelty, managing director of The HR Dept, which was founded by her mother Sue in Bristol in 2002, has signed the agreement with Sydney businessman Brad Adams for taking the brand Down Under. Considerable research has been done p...