On 17 March 2020, the Chancellor issued an update in respect of a temporary financial package aimed at providing support for businesses.
Liz Earle beauty company has admitted to falling “short of our standards” after they were ordered to pay £17k to a pregnant employee who was made redundant. Helen Larkin, who had worked for Liz Earle for five years, was eight months pregnant when she was given two weeks’ notice of her redundancy. After unsuccessfully applying […]
Inheritance Tax (IHT), quite often called a voluntary tax, remains an emotional topic. Every person has an allowance, also known as the Nil Rate Band (NRB), before IHT becomes chargeable. Since 6 April 2009 this amount, has been set at £325,000. However, for married couples the position is slightly better as assets can be passed […]
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance about ‘special categorydata’ for persons with data protection responsibilities in larger organisations.
The Government has issued a Consultation Paper entitled “A New Deal for Renting”, seeking views on how to implement its decision to abolish Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and to improve the implementation of Section 8, grounds for repossession. It concentrates specifically on the circumstances in which landlords should be able to regain […]
For anyone requiring long-term care the impact on family can be devastating, but for farmers it can affect their business as well as their home life – and often the two are intertwined. The financial implications of a farmer unable to work the land, or a family carer having to run the farming business at […]
Moore Blatch has recently responded to the Defra Consultation paper on proposed reform of agricultural tenancy legislation, based on our wide experience of tenanted agricultural land, acting both for landlords and tenants.
In an “unusual” move, a tribunal has ruled that a supervisor (as opposed to the employer) should pay a Claimant compensation. During a car journey, the supervisor made several racist remarks to the Claimant. The Claimant then told his manager what had happened, saying that as he considered the supervisor a racist, he didn’t feel […]
A government consultation, which ends this month, could mean that workers’ actual hours are written into their contracts and that last-minute shift cancellations are compensated for.
The outstanding progression of technology in the 21st Century has resulted in the phenomenon known as ‘the Internet of Things’; whereby devices can connect via the internet in order to communicate not only with us, but also with each other. The aim is to create a smarter way of life. Many devices are already available […]
The FTAdviser reports this week on the risk of litigation if a financial adviser has failed to consider all of the possible options for funding an individual’s care fees, including NHS Continuing Healthcare. Care fees can be expensive, particularly where an individual requires more complex interventions, or an intense level of support. Where they have […]
In the biggest fine to date from the Information Commissioner’s Office, British Airways (BA) has been fined £183 million for a widely publicised customer data breach, whereby users of their website were diverted to a fraudulent site and their details were harvested by hackers.
Wanting to reduce ill-health related job loss in the UK, in July this year the government launched aconsultation entitled “Health is everyone’s business: proposals for reducing ill health-related job loss.”
Deciding to appoint a deputy for health and welfare for your family member will always be a difficult decision. The Court has been reluctant to make appointments reserving these for only the most ‘difficult’ cases. In this post we consider the guidance given by the court on this issue and how recent case law has […]
If you receive a financial contribution towards your care fees, either as a result of NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, or as a result of a financial assessment undertaken by the Local Authority, your needs should be assessed regularly. While legislation governing the assessment process and entitlement to these types of funding differs, the basic principle […]
The Employment Tribunal (ET) has ruled that it is not unlawful to compulsory retire professors,if their retirement helps to boost diversity.
The government has confirmed its intention to introduce parental bereavement leave and pay.
In the case of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust v Gregg, the Court of Appeal confirmed that an employer need not postpone a disciplinary hearing while an employee awaits the outcome of a police investigation.
A new Government online checking service is set to help employers comply with their duty to prevent illegal working in the UK.
The issues in relation to retaining agricultural workers surmising rotting fruit mountains have been widely reported by the media. Talk of the new schemes, quotas and sponsor licences are incredibly confusing. We have demystified some of the rhetoric.
Firstly I must say I cannot believe that I am drawing to the end of my training contract at Moore Blatch. The gruelling process of applying for training contracts seems a lifetime ago and I can safely say it was all worth it! In light of this, I wanted to share a small insight into […]
A year ago this month ‘The Beast from the East’ cold wave hit the UK, causing chaos up and down the country.
With so much uncertainty about Brexit, many employers are anxious about the status of their EU employees and employment in the future.
The supermarket Morrisons has failed in its challenge to the High Court that it be held liable for a security breach that saw the personal information of thousands of its staff posted online. The case, the first data-leak class action in the UK, follows the events of 2014 when Andrew Skelton, then a senior internal […]
During this year’s London Tech Week, a new visa route aimed at the tech industry was announced. The Start Up visa has been designed following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and feedback from the tech sector.
‘Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake’This case considered whether two care workers (Mrs Tomlinson-Blake and Mr Shannon) were entitled to national minimum wage for the whole time they were ‘on-call’ during the night, or just when their services were called upon.Finding in favour of the employer, the Court of Appeal decided that only the time spent […]
Last week the government announced a new nationwide pilot scheme for seasonal agricultural workers from outside EEA countries to come and work in the UK. The scheme is aimed at alleviating the chronic shortage of workers in the farming industry following Brexit. Workers will be allowed to stay for up to 6 months before returning […]
The Court of Appeal has recently ruled that an employer who failed to lodge an ET3 in response to an employee’s Employment Tribunal claim should still be able to make submissions in relation to the amount of damages to be awarded. The employee, Jane Hughes, issued a claim in the Employment Tribunal (‘the ET’) on […]
In our last monthly update we commented on the case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd. This case concluded that it was not discriminatory to pay a woman on maternity leave an enhanced rate of pay, compared to a man taking shared parental leave.
The Government Equalities Offices has recently published new guidance on Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination. In summary:
With effect from 6 April 2019, every worker will have the right to an itemised pay statement. This must be at or before the time at which any payment of wages or salary is made.
It is a principle of public policy that the law should not allow offenders to benefit from their own crime; the forfeiture rule derives from the common law precedent that a person criminally responsible for another’s death cannot benefit from their estate.
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which came into force on the 25 May, needs no introduction. You probably know that it is a European law which governs what we can and can’t do with people’s personal data. It will apply directly to us and will be incorporated into our laws post-Brexit by the Great […]
We recently attended an appointment at the Home Office with one of our Windrush clients who has been considerably affected by the Government’s immigration policy. We have been supporting this client for a number of years, whilst he tackled job loss and homelessness, after losing his passport with his Indefinite Leave to Remain stamp.
As part of its plans to tackle the UK’s housing crisis the government has of late been concentrating on the private rental sector and is now focussing on the agreements most commonly used by that sector: the assured shorthold tenancy agreement (“AST”).
There are different rules for termination of assured shorthold tenancies granted before 1 October 2015 to those granted after, when seeking to terminate by way of notice pursuant to s21 of the Housing Act 1988, i.e. the contractual term has expired.
In a few weeks, data protection rules across Europe will experience their biggest change in the last 20 years. On 25 May 2018, the Data Protection Bill 29017 (that incorporates provisions of GDPR) will come into force in the UK. It will change how businesses and public sector organisations can handle the information of their […]
The Government has published new guidance for undocumented Commonwealth citizens, Amber Rudd has resigned and Sajid Javid has been appointed the new Home Secretary, but will these policy changes and grand gestures actually help Windrush children?
Anyone who receives a financial contribution towards their care fees, either as a result of NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, or as a result of a financial assessment undertaken by the Local Authority, ought to have their needs assessed regularly. While legislation governing the assessment process and entitlement to these types of funding differs, the basic […]
It’s less than 12 months since the Employment Tribunal fees were scrapped and already claims are up by 90%.
The issue of immigration has featured prominently in the Brexit debate. Following the decision to leave in June 2016, the UK Government announced it would establish new arrangements for controlling immigration. However, 18 months on and still no concrete plans have been announced.
Regulation 5 of the Agency Workers Regulation 2010 (‘AWR’) states that an agency worker is entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions as if they had been directly recruited to their role after a 12 week qualifying period. It is the responsibility of the agency employing the agency worker to pay the agency […]
The media is rife with the news that a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (the NHS bodies responsible for making decisions about NHS Continuing Heathcare) (CCGs) are at risk of legal action if they cannot show that their policies on where that care can be provided are lawful.
Gender reassignment is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. Yet a case recently emerged in which a female Primark employee received £47,000 in compensation after suffering gender reassignment discrimination.
KFC’s raison d’etre is chicken. So, one would assume, they would ensure at all costs that it has chicken in stock.
What will happen when the oil runs out? In particular to those companies involved in black gold? It’s a question that elicits fascinating responses from those involved in the oil industry, not least from Giles Verity, whose family business derives 80% of its revenue from petrochemicals. The test equipment and quality control instruments designed and […]
The outcome of the recent case, Marques da Rosa v Varzim Sol, means workers, especially those carrying out shift work, night work, or with irregular working patterns, could have greater flexibility around when they can take their rest breaks.
Sleep-in shifts have recently hit the news following a leaked report which revealed many council employees were being paid below the minimum wage.
Those that are successful in a discrimination claim can be awarded compensation for injury caused to feelings as a result of the discrimination they have suffered. In order to decide how much to award for injury to feelings, tribunals use guidelines known as Vento guidelines to decide how much to award in each case.
The BBC has, once again, found itself amongst a media storm after publishing the salaries of its highest paid stars. It transpired that Gary Lineker was paid ten times more than Clare Balding and the BBC’s highest paid woman, Claudia Winkleman, was paid just a fifth of what its best paid male star, Chris Evans, […]
As you may have seen in the media recently, despite Brexit, the new apprenticeship levy (“Levy”) is still expected to come into force on 6 April 2017. It is hoped the introduction of the Levy will give employers more influence over how apprenticeships are designed and paid for. This article considers what the Levy is, […]
Attention employers! Due to the way that the Easter bank holidays fall this year and next year, it is anticipated that some employees’ holiday rights may be breached next year. Depending on the amount of holiday entitlement afforded to employees, together with the wording of their contract, employers may find themselves liable for an unanticipated […]
The final draft of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”) has now been published by the government and is due to come into force on 6 April 2017. We will of course keep you updated on any changes to the draft legislation, but in the meantime we thought we […]
Every year seems to bring with it changes in the world of employment law and 2017 is set to be no different.
Imagine what would happen if somebody in your close family were to be seriously injured in an accident. They would be taken by the emergency services to hospital, where the doctors and nurses would do their best to save their life and care for them until their medical condition was stable. At some point, your […]
27 years after Hillsborough, the jury who heard two years of evidence at the highly publicised inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans decided that the supporters involved in the 1989 catastrophe were unlawfully killed. The anniversary and decision from this long awaited inquest following the disaster, which resulted in over 700 casualties who […]
When an individual successfully brings a personal injury or clinical negligence claim, they will typically be awarded a lump sum payment known as ‘damages’. The purpose of those damages is to put the injured person, as best as possible, back into the position they would have been had the accident or clinical negligence not occurred. […]
When you have suffered a serious injury that wasn’t your fault your world can be turned upside down. You may be thrown into an environment that isn’t familiar and this can be scary. Our blog post today goes through some of the key stages that we go through with you when bringing about a claim […]