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Tribunal Cases Rise for Employers and Delays Are Frustrating the Process

Susan Mayall
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More and more employees now consider bringing a claim against their employer, the latest statistics from workplace experts ACAS reveal. The removal of tribunal fees has continued to show a high demand for conciliation services and an overall 40% increase...

Restrictive Covenants in the Supreme Court

Victoria Schofield
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Post termination restrictive covenants are commonly included in employment contracts in order to prevent employees from competing with their employer upon their departure from the business.  They can be used to restrain employees from competing...

Sexual Harassment - Get covered for Contractors

Susan Mayall
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Gender Equality in the workplace - a topic that has hit the news headlines today and something which employers need to be aware of.     The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Women and Equalities Minister will today be setting out her vision...

Holiday Pay and Overtime - what employers need to note

Susan Mayall
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Extra hours worked over and above normal shifts on a regular basis could be now calculated as part of holiday pay – court rules The case of when to add extra hours worked to holiday pay formed part of a legal ruling recently. The Court of Appeal...

Workplace Discrimination

Susan Mayall
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Today’s business leaders and employers need to consider gender equality as more than just women's rights. Gender discrimination affects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. As an employer it is important to learn how to recognise,...

Never Discuss Religion and Politics

Susan Mayall
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Is it unfair to dismiss an employee for proselytising? Not if the proselytising is improper, held the Court of Appeal in Kuteh v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. Religious beliefs and whether to share these with patients was at the forefront of this...

Non Disclosure - the facts behind the headlines

Susan Mayall
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Non-disclosure agreements have been in the news recently after claims that they have become mere gagging orders for undesirable workplace practices. They were initially designed to prevent staff sharing trade secrets if they changed jobs and form part of...

Responsibility of disabled employees in the workplace to declare impairments

Susan Mayall
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Recent research shows that 1 in 5 UK workers attempt to hide their disability from their employer. The same study shows that over half of disabled people feel that their disability is putting them at risk of losing their job. In the current landscape, it...

The biggest overhaul of Employment Law in twenty years

Susan Mayall
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Following the Matthew Taylor Good Work Review, the Government has announced what it calls the biggest overhaul of Employment Law in twenty years. The key proposals are as follows: 1) changing the rules on continuity of employment, so that a break of up...

Unfair dismissal and discrimination

Susan Mayall
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Can a series of small acts of misconduct from an employee, over time, amount to a reason for dismissal, despite none of the acts being classed as gross misconduct? Yes – answered the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in Mbubaegbu v Homerton University...

Transfer of Undertakings Regulation 2006

Susan Mayall
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In the recent case of Colino Sigüenza v Ayuntamiento de Valladolid and Others , the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was asked to consider whether a five-month halt in business between contracts could preclude the possibility of a transfer...

Responsibility of a Company During Work Related Parties

Susan Mayall
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The question in the recent case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd was whether a company could be legally liable ( Vicarious Liability ) for the actions of their employees even at after work parties. Yes, answered the Court of Appeal – but it...

Landmark decision for workers and independent contractors classification

Susan Mayall
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Pimlico Plumbers and another v Smith [2018] UKSC 29, will remain a key authoritative legal source when it comes to employers classifying their staff as ‘workers’ or ‘independent contractors’ for the foreseeable future. What was in...

Contractual notice only starts when the employee knows they are being dismissed

Susan Mayall
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When is notice for dismissal effective? Is it when the letter is received, signed for, or only effective upon when the employee reads the letter and is informed of their dismissal? In 2017 the Court of Appeal held that notice of termination begins to run...

The Equality Act 2010

Susan Mayall
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Discrimination in relation to the provision of goods and services is prohibited under Part 3 of the Equality Act 2010 but has, in more recent years, seen a rise in prevalence, and there remain a few important distinctions between discrimination in...

Employment tribunal quarterly statistics for April to June 2018

Susan Mayall
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Employers need to take head as Employment Tribunal claims have increased over the past year now fees have been scrapped. The Ministry of Justice has published the employment tribunal quarterly statistics for the period April to June 2018. During this...

Money never sleeps, but sleep-in workers only earn whilst awake on the job

Susan Mayall
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The Court of Appeal is the most recent court to review the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon Rampersad [2018]. Principally, the case deals with zero-hour contracts in the social-worker industry on what qualifies as paid...

Risk assessments required for breastfeeding mothers

Susan Mayall
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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in  Otero Ramos v Servicio Galego de Saude  has ruled that employers must now carry out an individual risk assessment for breastfeeding mothers returning to their role. This is a change...

Serious misconduct can result in dismissal without warning

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In Quintiles Commercial UK Ltd v Barongo , it was established that Mr Barongo, the claimant, was dismissed, on notice, for concerns over his recent conduct. Originally, this was seen to fall under ‘gross misconduct’, however, on his internal...

Hot weather working: How to survive the heat

Susan Mayall
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Following weeks of soaring temperatures, it seems our long summer is here to stay, and although it has been welcomed by many with open arms, it’s important to remember the impact that the heat could have in the workplace. The Risks When temperatures...

Addicted to video games - what can employers do?

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In its latest release of the Disease Classification Manual, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognised excessive gaming (usually online gaming) as an addiction, which could potentially lead to it being reclassified as a disability in the future. The...

Can a zero-hours worker be classed as a part-time worker?

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Part-time workers may compare themselves to full-time workers for the purposes of ensuring that there is no unfair treatment they receive that full-time workers do not. Can zero-hours workers be classified as part-time workers for the purposes of these types...

The #MeToo movement and how it affects your business

Susan Mayall
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A BBC survey conducted last year showed that in the UK more than half of women, and a fifth of men, have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, ranging from inappropriate comments to sexual assaults. There are a number of steps that you can take as...

Why Romance in the Workplace is not always a Good Thing

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In many cases a personal relationship between staff will not interfere with work. However, sometimes a personal relationship will be or can become problematic because it adversely impacts on other colleagues or negatively affects business efficiency....

Does requiring my employees to undertake a medical examination infringe GDPR?

Susan Mayall
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Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), health information is classed as “special category data” and an employer needs to have a lawful basis for processing such information. This means that requiring employees to undertake medical...

New guidance for employers when setting dress code policies

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Following an increase in media attention in recent years, a recommendation from the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Select Committee has led to new Government guidance concerning dress codes, and how to avoid them being discriminatory – particularly...

Long Term Ill Health Case Study

Susan Mayall
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“I truly am grateful for all the work you have done and the support you have offered me.” We recently settled an employment case for a client and secured a substantial settlement for him after he was poorly treated by his employers whilst on...

How to Cope With a Summer of Sport....Advice for Employers

Susan Mayall
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The World Cup will soon be upon us, the traditional team song may have been ditched this year, but for employers the habitual problem of absenteeism during sporting events, hot on the heels of warm weather days offs, is a perennial headache.   ...

New report aims to tackle the exploitation of low-paid workers and enforce holiday pay

Susan Mayall
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The Government’s Director of Labour Market Enforcement, Sir David Metcalf, has now published his report, “Labour Market Enforcement Strategy”, covering issues such as low paid workers and holiday pay rights. Here’s what this new...

Compensation for injury to feelings sees increase in line with the Retail Price Index

Susan Mayall
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Claimants at an employment tribunal may make a claim for “injury to feelings” in situations where they have suffered discrimination which has led to humiliation, hurt and degradation, or the discrimination has persisted for a lengthy period of...

Changes to termination payments and how they affect your business

Susan Mayall
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New tax rules announced at the 2016 Budget are now in force as of 6 April 2018. Income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC) will now need to be made on all payments in lieu of notice (PILONs) upon termination of employment. Pre 6 April 2018 rules ...

Reminder for employers: Are you contributing to your employees' pension?

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Employers have a statutory duty to make contributions to certain employees' pension funds. Failure to do so can lead to a substantial pension bill later on as well as a heavy fine and court costs. The Pensions Act The Pensions Act 2008...

Recent EAT decision means employers should take extra care when dismissing employees within first two years of employment

Susan Mayall
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A recent decision from the Employment Appeal Tribunal indicates that employers need to take extra steps when considering the dismissal of pregnant employees before they accrue the two years required to enable an employee to issue a claim at a tribunal, even...

More employees seek justice in Employment Tribunals. (Employers - are you following workplace procedures?)

Susan Mayall
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Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in March 2018 show that the number of employees taking claims to employment tribunals (ET) has risen dramatically. Employers need to review their workplace procedures and ensure they follow them...

International Women's Day - doing something positive to promote equality in the workplace

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It’s 100 years since some women first got the vote and 48 years since the Equal Pay Act came into force.  Nevertheless, many women in the workplace are still discriminated against in the workplace. It’s estimated that it will be a long time...

When The Beast Bites... Guidance for Employees and Employers for dealing with weather disruption

Susan Mayall
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We love to talk about our erratic weather in the UK, but patience is wearing thin for many during the current freeze – especially for employers and those struggling to get to work. With red warnings from the Met Office, motorists stuck for hours on the...

When is Stand-by Time Worked at Home "Working Time"?

Susan Mayall
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In a recent case, a fireman was required to do one week in four on "stand-by". In his case, being on stand-by meant being able to get to the station within 8 minutes. The court found that this duty affected his ability to engage in any leisure...

Key employment compensation pay rates

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The government updates most of the employment pay and compensation rates on an annual basis. Here's a summary of the current key rates.  New rates have been proposed which will be applicable from 1 April 2018. These are shown...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting - The Latest Reports

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Large organisations across the UK economy have started to publish reports on their gender pay gap. The reports make sobering reading and reflect the low numbers of women at senior levels. From public institutions like the NHS and the BBC to law firms...

Discrimination Against Pregnant Women and New Mothers Persists

Susan Mayall
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Last November, Maternity Action* launched a report in Parliament on unfair redundancies for pregnant women and new mothers. Maternity Action is a UK charity committed to ending inequality for pregnant women. Citing statistics that 1 in 20 pregnant women...

Employers Will Have to Give More Information in Payslips (From April 2019)

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From April 2019, employees whose wages vary depending on how much time they have worked, will be entitled to more information in their payslips. Employers should look at their payroll processes now and prepare for the changes expected in just over a...

Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace

Susan Mayall
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Employers should know how to spot drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace and be ready to tackle it. Failure to do so can affect the business, compromise the safety of other workers and lead to criminal convictions. Further, ignoring the problem will not...

Do Your Employees Understand How to Combat Cyber Fraud? (Start by Using Strong Passwords)

Susan Mayall
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Stories continue to emerge about cyber security breaches that let hackers gain access to sensitive commercial and private information. A recent report shows that something as simple as a reused password can expose a businesses to cyber fraud. Employers...

10 New Year's Resolutions for Directors and Business Owners

Christopher Burke
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Most people are back at work after the Christmas break and many have returned with a clutch of new year’s resolutions. Popular choices include healthy eating, getting fitter or spending more time with your family. Or maybe you’ve focused on work...

Employer Held Responsible for Rogue Employee's Actions

Susan Mayall
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An employer has been held vicariously liable for the criminal actions of its employee. So held the High Court recently in the case of  Various Claimants –v- WM Morrisons PLC  where the employee had published the personal data of thousands of...

Be Warned: The Government is Pursuing "Bad Employers" Who Employ Illegal Workers

Susan Mayall
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Whatever your personal or political views on immigration, the law prohibits businesses from employing illegal workers – and there are serious penalties for those who breach the law. Two months ago, we published a blog on this issue, asking "...

Are Your Staff Workers or Self-Employed Contractors (and Why it Matters)?

Susan Mayall
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Several high profile employment law cases are progressing through the appeal courts at the moment. They deal with the distinction between staff carrying out their services as a "worker" and those hired as self-employed...

Employers Must Respect Workers' EU Right to Four Weeks of Paid Holiday

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The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) has warned employers that they must respect workers’ EU right to four weeks of paid holiday. Failure to do so could result in orders to make holiday payments backdated up to 20 years. This is the effect of the ECJ...

Employers - A Little Bit of Christmas Prep Can Help Avoid Those Party "Incidents"

Susan Mayall
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Every year, we remind employers about potential employment law issues that can arise over Christmas. Human nature being what it is, incidents often occur over Christmas that can lead to disciplinary action and even dismissal. Christmas parties and relaxed...

Guidance to help those dealing with a cancer diagnosis in the workplace

Susan Mayall
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According to Cancer Research UK, there were around 357,000 new cases of cancer in the UK in 2014 - that’s 980 cases diagnosed every day*. While most people know that cancer affects many people, fewer might know that cancer is treated as a disability...

Acas Guidance for Employers on Dealing with Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

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The growing awareness of mental health issues in the workplace is an immensely positive step forward for both employees and employers. Acas have recently published guidance that seeks to help employers deal with their duties in relation to mental...

Do Your Employees have Permission to Work in the UK?

Susan Mayall
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... Are you sure? Employers have a legal requirement to check their employees have permission to work in the UK. You risk being fined if you employ staff without such permission. Carrying out the correct checks, at the right time and keeping your...

Employers Can Read Employees' Personal Messages - But Only if they have Warned Them

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Employers should warn employees that they might look at their private emails if the circumstances justify it. A social media policy is one way that this warning could be given.   Earlier this year, we reported on the Chamber of...

Make Sure You Know the Facts Before Suspending an Employee

Susan Mayall
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Suspending an employee is a significant step: make sure it is a necessary step and you know the facts before taking it. In Agoreyo -v- London Borough of Lambeth [2017] EWHC 2019 (QB), a teacher was suspended immediately after being involved in an...

What Happens if an Employee is in Breach of Confidentiality?

Susan Mayall
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In a recent case, an employee was given a custodial sentence for breaching a confidentiality clause. The case is rather extreme but is a warning for others about misusing their employer's confidential information - and not obeying court...

Maternity Leave Issues for Employers

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Maternity leave can give rise to a number of issues for employers. In this blog, we deal with pregnant workers' rights and recent Acas guidance to support parents of sick or premature babies. Pregnant employees'...

Articles, Guides and Tips Relating to Employment Law

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We've gathered together some of our articles, guides and checklists that relate to recent hot topics in employment law. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or want to discuss a particular issue, contact  Susan...

How best to support trans employees in the workplace

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Acas, (the Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service), is committed to promoting diversity and respect in the workplace for all employees, regardless of their personal characteristics. The body has recently published a report setting out the latest...

Exercise restraint screening potential employees on social media

Susan Mayall
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Employers - have you checked out a candidate's profile on social media recently? If yes, you're not alone. According to a survey carried out by CareerBuilder, an online recruitment company, 60% of employers screen their candidates using social...

Top tips to Improve Your Business Over Summer

Christopher Burke
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Summer's here - and we have some top tips for you to consider if your business is quiet over the holiday period. If your business is quieter over the summer months, use the time to review your business procedures and do some housekeeping....

Tribunal fees held to be unlawful by the Supreme Court

Susan Mayall
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In a significant decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that tribunal fees introduced by the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunals Fees Order 2013 (the 2013 order) are unlawful. The decision opens up access to justice for those who need to...

The BBC gender pay gap - and the call for businesses to equalise pay

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The BBC's recent revelations about their gender pay gap is shining a light on the issue of equal pay. Last week, the BBC published the salaries of 96 stars who earn more than £150,000. Claudia Winkleman was one of the few women...

Good work for all: the Taylor Review and the potential effect on employment laws

Susan Mayall
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The Taylor Review makes recommendations on a multitude of employment law issues and seeks to establish “good work for all”. On 11 July 2017, Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts, published his independent review...

Should employment law be taught to school children?

Susan Mayall
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This was the interesting issue raised by Malcolm Mackay of United Employment Lawyers, a Scottish firm, a couple of months ago. He was very much of the opinion that it should – and I have to say, I agree with him. But then, as an employment lawyer,...

INSIGHT: Employers can read employees' private messages

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... but only in limited circumstances. Can employers check an employee’s personal messages to ensure compliance with employment duties? Can an employee expect an employer to respect their private life and correspondence at work? These were two of...

Coping with summer's distractions: how to get the best from your employees

Susan Mayall
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June is turning out to be wet rather than flaming and most employees will no doubt be looking forward to their annual holiday and a summer of events, festivals and sport.  Employers on the other hand are probably wondering how many working hours they...

Calculations for holiday pay to include non-guaranteed overtime

Susan Mayall
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In a recent appeal hearing, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) decided that employees were entitled to receive holiday pay based on their basic wage plus their non-guaranteed overtime.  The appeal in Bear Scotland -v- Fulton case (and...

Ensuring a level playing field for job applicants

Susan Mayall
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Employers processing job applications should ensure the process offers a level playing field for applicants with disabilities. In The Government Legal Service -v- Brookes , the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld a tribunal’s decision that a...

Pearson's on-going support for Action Oldham

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Our support for Action Oldham is on a bit of a roll at the moment. As I write, we are just a few pounds away from reaching our £1000 target in our #zipwire challenge. Karen Piontek, Ian Wolstenhulme, Jade Hegarty, Rosie Aldcroft and Marie Pauley are...

Solicitors and Staff Scale Snowdon for Charity

Ian Wolstenhulme
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Our support for Action Oldham is on a bit of a roll at the moment and about to hit its highest peak as we set off to Snowdon. Thanks to the generosity of clients and friends of the firm we have recently reached our £1000 target in our #zipwire...

Can employees claim wages if they sleep at work?

Susan Mayall
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This article is not about those who dose off when they are supposed to be working! Rather it reviews the circumstances in which those who “sleep-in [at their work premises]” during their working hours are entitled to be paid the minimum wage...

Government dress code guidance expected this summer

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The government has encouraged employers to review their dress codes. Earlier in the year, the Petitions and Women and Equalities Committees (the Committees) published their report on high heels and workplace dress codes. You may recall that these two House...

Government inquiry into flexible working

Susan Mayall
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The BBC recently reported that fathers are ‘afraid to ask for flexible working’ believing that making such a request can harm their careers. Reference was made to the 2017 Modern Families Index which produced a “snapshot into the...

Apprenticeships funding - the new levy comes in force on 6 April

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The government is changing the way it funds apprenticeships in England. The changes will take effect on 6 April 2017 and include the introduction of: the apprenticeship levy; and  the apprenticeship service (an online service that...

Take care over the job title when hiring an apprentice

Susan Mayall
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Employers who hire apprentices should be aware of a change in the law that will make it a criminal offence to advertise work as a statutory apprenticeship if that's not what the work actually is. I highlighted this change in the recent employment law ...

Employment Law Changes This April To Be Aware Of

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April is always a changing point for employment law and from 1st there are a number of key issues which come into force which employers need to be aware of, including: April 1st National Living Wage . The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations...

Workplace clothing issues - can you ban headscarves?

Susan Mayall
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Banning headscarves does not amount to direct discrimination (but take care with dress codes) ... An EU Court has decided that an employer's dismissal of an employee for refusal to comply with a "no headscarf" policy when meeting customers was...

Spring Brexit update

Susan Mayall
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On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). However, much needs to be done before the actual exit (the “Brexit”) takes effect. In the last six months, the government has been dealing with the issue of how to start the process...

Checklist for employers: gender pay reporting

Susan Mayall
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How should employers go about complying with the equal gender pay reporting obligations due to come into force in April 2017 under the Equality Act 2010? As we reported last month, the laws requiring larger companies to report on their...

Higher fees reduce access to Employment Tribunals

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In 2013, the government increased the fees for taking an employment law issue to an Employment Tribunal (ET) and also introduced a fee remission scheme (the Scheme) for ET claims. Since then, concern has mounted that the combined effect of these changes has...

Government to clamp down on sexist dress codes

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Commons committees have called for a review into equality legislation to clarify the law and bring in stronger penalties against employers who enforce sexist dress codes. Discriminatory workplace dress codes for women have been in the news again this week...

Bishop allowed to withhold licence from canon

Susan Mayall
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A bishop could withhold licence from a canon who entered same-sex marriage. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that a bishop could refuse to grant an officiating licence to an ordained, Church of England priest on the grounds of his same-sex...

Gender Pay Regulations and their application to group companies

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Close the gap!  The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (the Regulations), due to come into force in April 2017, will make it compulsory for companies with over 250 staff to report publicly on the gender pay gap...

The ghost of Christmas future? (If your employees behave badly...)

Susan Mayall
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Businesses can be liable for their employee’s bad behaviour... There are plenty of good reasons for ensuring that everyone behaves themselves at Christmas “work-dos” – not least the risk of damage to your business’s reputation...

Is your business safe from the risks of Christmas indulgence?

Susan Mayall
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It’s here already! The office Christmas party and names have gone in the hat for the secret Santa, but amidst the fun the more relaxed atmosphere at this time of year can lead to embarrassment at best - and at worst, damage to the company’s...

The Autumn Statement, November 2016 (employment perspective)

Susan Mayall
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Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement  contained a raft of measures with ramifications for those dealing with employment issues. There have been some fairly gloomy reports in the press including "Worker prospects dreadful, says the IFS"...

Brexit Wrangle Continues with New Court Decision

Susan Mayall
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The Divisional Court has upheld an application brought against the Government, and held that the Government does not have prerogative power to invoke Article 50 without a vote by Parliament. In other words, Parliament needs to vote in favour of doing so...

INSIGHT: It is Uber Difficult When You Face a Tribunal

Susan Mayall
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An Employment Tribunal has now ruled that two drivers who provide services to Uber are 'workers' within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996. The case could have an impact on other firms with large self-employed workforces in the so called...

INSIGHT: Brexit and Business, HMRC, Dividend Rules, Payroll and Taxation

Suzanne Wright
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INVITATION – EMPLOYMENT AND TAX SEMINAR   WHAT – BREXIT AND BUSINESS, HMRC, DIVIDEND RULES, PAYROLL AND TAXATION WHEN – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23rd 7.45AM WHERE – CONFERENCE ROOMS, HOLLINWOOD BUSINESS CENTRE,...

INSIGHT: Checklist: dress codes in the workplace

Susan Mayall
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Employers often require dress codes in the workplace for a number of reasons: staff may be asked to wear a uniform to communicate a corporate image and ensure that customers can easily identify them; or there may be health and safety reasons. For example,...

Employment blog: time to review your approach to dress codes in the workplace

Susan Mayall
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Reading through the Law Society Gazette last week, I was amused by Darren Clayton's humorous approach to a difficult problem – that of dress code dilemmas in the legal office. (You can read his article here .) A few of his comments rang...

Employment and Tax Breakfast Seminar, 23 November 2016

Susan Mayall
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It can be difficult to keep up with the new legislation affecting you and your employees and there are more changes on the horizon: we have a new cabinet, there are major HMRC changes ahead as well as the Brexit and there...

What's Leading to the Reduction in Employer's Liability Claims?

Lisa Anderson
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Recent statistics show that the number of Employers’ Liability (EL) claims have reduced in recent years and improved awareness of safety in the workplace could be just one contributing factor. A Verdict Financials UK Personal Injury Litigation report...

INSIGHT: Battle for equal pay for shop floor stackers

Andrew Murray
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Employment tribunal ruling which could open the flood gates to further claims An Employment Tribunal in Manchester has ruled that women who work at a major supermarket can pursue a claim for equal pay, this could open the floodgates for similar claims...

INSIGHT: Commission, Holiday Pay and Employment Law

Susan Mayall
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The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in British Gas v Lock - an important case on the calculation of holiday pay. Mr Lock was a salesman on a basic salary with variable commission paid in arrears. Mr Lock's commission depended not on the...

INSIGHT: Make Sure Your Apprentice Has the Right Contract

Susan Mayall
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From April 2017 all businesses with a wage bill of more than £3m will be subject to an apprenticeship levy of 0.5 per cent of the payroll - the aim is to “help create millions of opportunities for individuals and employers” according to the...

INSIGHT: Why you May Be Missing Out on Talent If You Stigmatise Tattoos

Susan Mayall
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Do your staff have tattoos and how do you deal with them? Recent research published by ACAS has suggested that employees with visible tattoos face discrimination in the work place and in the application process. It was found that within the application and...

Ensuring your tips and gratuities reach the worker

Susan Mayall
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It's coming to the end of Summer and many of us are planning new gym and eating regimes to reduce wider midriffs after holiday indulgences. Those who enjoy eating out might be interested to learn about a government consultation that was conducted...

INSIGHT: Unlawfully Dismissed Football Manager Wins Compensation

Susan Mayall
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Constructive dismissal occurs when an employee resigns and can demonstrate that he or she is entitled to do so because the employer shows by their conduct that they no longer intend to be bound by the essential terms of the employee's employment...

INSIGHT: Pay Gap Gulf in Employment

Susan Mayall
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Is your company one of the many in Britain to have a gender pay gap? Do you promote more male managers?  If that’s the case then you are typical of many in the UK according to a recent study The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) recently...