Factsheets

Regularly-updated factsheets provide overviews and information on a topic

5 Factsheets about Employment law
Factsheets
Employment law: key differences between Northern Ireland and Great Britain
An overview of the main differences in employment law between Northern Ireland and Great Britain (made up of England, Scotland and Wales)
Factsheets
Employment law in the UK: the court system
Guidance on the role of the UK civil courts in hearing employment cases
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Employment law: UK, EU and Brexit
Find out how the EU has influenced UK employment law and how this will apply in the future following Brexit
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Employment law in the UK: how it is made
For CIPD members, we explain how employment law is made in the UK Houses of Parliament, from the Bill stage through to Royal Assent.
Factsheets
Age and employment
Explore what age discrimination is, the UK legal position and how to create an age-inclusive workplace

Guides

Designed for practitioners, our guides provide recommendations and advice on how to apply good practice in the workplace.

13 Guides about Employment law
Guides
Fire and rehire: Guide for employers
What this practice is, why you should avoid it, and how to approach it if no other options are available
Guides
Atypical working: Guidance for employers
Practical guidance to help you identify and implement good atypical working practices
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Fixed-term contracts: Guide for employers
Understand what employers need to do to manage fixed-term contracts within the law
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Self-employed contractors: Understanding the law
Understand what employers need to do to manage self-employed contractors within the law
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Zero-hours contracts: Understanding the law
Understand what employers need to do to manage zero-hours contracts within the law
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IR35 implications for in-house HR practitioners
Understand the ramifications of IR35 changes for in-house HR, and the five initial steps you can take to help your employer understand them.
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IR35 implications for consultants
Whether you use the services of a consultant or are a consultant yourself, you’ll need to understand the ramifications of IR35 – and what you can do about them
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People manager guide: Redundancy
Advice for managers when a member of staff on their team faces redundancy
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People manager guide: Employment status
Explanation of the different kinds of employment status so managers can correctly manage people within their teams according to their different contractual terms
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Disciplinary and grievance procedures: Guidance for managers
Advice on how the disciplinary process is used to deal with misconduct or poor performance and how to best handle a grievance from a member of staff
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People manager guide: Dismissal
Information for managers on what happens when the decision is made to dismiss a member of their team and how to avoid mistakes
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People manager guide: Family leave
Advice for managers on how they can help to manage maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental, parental leave and parental bereavement leave
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Agency workers: Understanding the law
Understand what employers need to do to manage agency workers within the law 

Employment law

Practical resources to help you address employment law issues at work, and keep up with recent and pending legislation.

31 Employment law about Employment law
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Race discrimination: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues surrounding race discrimination, including Q&As and relevant case law
For Members
Employment law
Employment status: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues surrounding employees and workers, including Q&As for various types of workers and relevant case law
For Members
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Maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave and pay: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around maternity and parental rights, including Q&As on shared parental leave and adoption law and relevant case law
For Members
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Statutory rates and compensation limits: UK employment law
A round up of the year's statutory rates, providing quick and easy access to information on compensation limits, family friendly payments, statutory sick pay, national minimum wage, disclosure and barring fees and National Insurance contribution thresholds
For Members
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Annual leave: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues surrounding annual leave including Q&As and relevant case law relating to bank holidays, annual leave entitlement and calculating holiday pay
For Members
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Working time: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues surrounding the Working Time Regulations, including Q&As and relevant case law
For Members
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Data protection, surveillance and privacy at work: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources surrounding the legal issues relating to data protection, surveillance and privacy in the workplace
For Members
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Terms and conditions of employment: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources covering terms and conditions of employment, including Q&As and relevant case law
For Members
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Trade union recognition and industrial action: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues relating to trade union recognition and industrial action
For Members
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Health and safety: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues surrounding health and safety at work, including employers' obligations
For Members
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Flexible and hybrid working: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues relating to flexible and hybrid working, including the changes to the right to request flexible working
For Members
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Equal pay: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources on equal pay, including a factsheet overview, common Q&As and relevant case law
For Members
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Tribunal claims: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues involved in an employment tribunal claim, including Q&As and relevant case law
For Members
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Redundancy: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources on redundancy, including managing and planning for redundancies, commonly asked Q&As and relevant case law
For Members
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Sex discrimination: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues relating to sex discrimination in the workplace, including pregnancy and maternity discrimination
For Members
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Stress and wellbeing: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues surrounding stress and wellbeing in the workplace
For Members
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Recruitment: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources and Q&As covering the recruitment process, from pre-employment checks and case law, to employing overseas workers
For Members
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Religion and belief discrimination: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues relating to religion and belief discrimination in the workplace, including philosophical beliefs
For Members
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Disability discrimination: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues relating to disability discrimination in the workplace, including Q&As and relevant case law
For Members
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Employment law update - Autumn 2023
UK employment law changes in 2023 and what we could be set to see in 2024
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Bullying and harassment: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around bullying and harassment in the workplace
For Members
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Discrimination: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues relating to discrimination in the workplace
For Members
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Absence management: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues surrounding absence, including Q&As
For Members
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Whistleblowing: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues relating to whistleblowing in the workplace
For Members
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Transfer of undertakings (TUPE): UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources on the transfer of undertakings (TUPE), including legal governance, a guide to TUPE, and relevant Q&As and case law
For Members
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Dismissal: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources on dismissal, including dismissal procedures, Q&As on unfair and wrongful dismissal, and relevant case law
For Members
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Sexual orientation discrimination: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around the legal issues relating to sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace including Q&As and relevant case law
For Members
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Discipline and grievance procedures: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources on disciplinary and grievance procedures, conflict resolution and the Acas Code of Practice
For Members
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Age discrimination: UK employment law
Explore our collection of resources around legal issues relating to age discrimination in the workplace including Q&As and relevant case law
For Members
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What is the Retained EU (Revocation and Reform) Act and do I need to do anything about it?
The 'Retained EU law bill', or REUL, changes UK employment law from January 2024.
For Members

Reports

Research and analysis by experts from CIPD and partner organisations

9 Reports about Employment law
Reports
Migrant workers and skills shortages in the UK
This report looks at the role of immigration in the context of the post-Brexit skills challenges
Reports
Zero-hours contracts: evolution and current status
An evaluation of the use and impact of zero-hours contracts
Reports
What should an effective sick pay system look like?
Recommendations for ensuring a financial safety net for workers during illness
Reports
Employers’ legal guide to post-Brexit immigration
Practical guidance on navigating the UK’s new points-based system for HR and employers
Reports
Reforming employment status and strengthening rights
Drawing on policy insight and stakeholder input, the CIPD proposes a new approach to labour market enforcement
Reports
Revamping labour market enforcement in the UK
Drawing on policy insight and stakeholder input, the CIPD proposes a new approach to labour market enforcement
Reports
Employment regulation in the UK: burden or benefit?
Read our report examining employer views and experiences of implementing UK and EU employment law
Reports
Employer/employee views of zero-hours contracts
Survey evidence on how and why employers use zero-hours and short-hours contracts, and employees' characteristics, attitudes and preferences when it comes to these types of contract
Reports
Zero-hours contracts: myth and reality
Research findings and recommendations to improve practice in the use of zero-hours contracts

Thought leadership

Insight and foresight from our experts in people and the world of work

9 Thought leadership about Employment law
Thought leadership
New employment legislation to come into effect on 6 April 2024
We outline the key pieces of legislation set to come into force in the UK and explain their implications for employers and employees
Thought leadership
Stormont is back - but what should it focus on?
What are the priorities for Northern Ireland as its devolved government makes a full return after two years?
Thought leadership
What does the new flexible working legislation herald for UK workers?
Carl Quilliam discusses what the passing of the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 means, what changes it brings and when they might be implemented
Thought leadership
Now is the time to extend statutory bereavement leave and pay
Claire McCartney and Lucy Herd, Jack's mother and prominent campaigner for Jack's Law, discuss the importance of extending statutory bereavement leave and pay for employees experiencing the loss of a close family member and ask what employers can do to best support them
Thought leadership
Home and hybrid working: current employment law essentials for people professionals
What do HR practitioners need to know and do regarding contractual issues and health and safety law?
Thought leadership
IR35: It's back
Charles Cotton’s article considers the implications of IR35, including the steps employers can take to prepare for the changes and how HR can help enforce it
Thought leadership
Time to strengthen UK labour market enforcement
Rachel Suff reflects on CIPD's new report, Revamping labour market enforcement in the UK, and considers the case for reform of the UK enforcement system
Thought leadership
No ‘good work’ without good enforcement
Rachel Suff and Duncan Brown from the Institute for Employment Studies look at the latest government consultation on establishing a single enforcement body for employment rights
Thought leadership
Workers’ choice key to genuine ‘two way’ flexibility
The CIPD conducted a survey for the Government's latest consultation on the introduction of a right for all workers to have reasonable notice and compensation, which highlighted a number of issues. Ben Willmott discusses

Policy engagement

Our calls for action.

2 Policy engagements about Employment law
Policy engagement
Calling for a more progressive and supportive approach to enforcing employment rights
Read our letter to the UK’s Director of Labour Market Enforcement as part of the call for evidence for the Labour Market Enforcement Strategy 2024 to 2025
Policy engagement
Good work plan: establishing a new single enforcement body for employment rights
Read the CIPD's submission to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Learning

We offer a range of evidence-based courses tauilored to suit you and your needs.
Our Essential Insights courses are free as part of the CIPD membership.

Fundamentals of Employment Law

Gain the fundamentals of employment law so you can confidently handle common employment issues that arise on a day-to-day basis.

Employment Law Practitioner F2F

Discover how to resolve workplace legal issues that arise during the employment journey through a legal and compliant lens.

Employment Law Practitioner - Online class

Resolve employment law and workplace related issues with a confident, legal and wholly compliant approach.

Employment Law for Line Managers (England and Wales) Essential Insights

This course will provide you with a high-level overview of UK employment law. Explore the breadth of employment law and how it influences work in the UK, particularly in relation to people management.

Employment Law update

Stay abreast with the latest employment law changes update to deepen your knowledge and maintain organisational compliance. This engaging workshop will provide you with valuable practical insights and will cover England and Wales employment law and will have references to the law in Scotland.

Employment
law advice

Want more employment law advice? Members can phone the CIPD legal helpline or take out a discounted subscription to HR-inform for additional resources.

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