The Government has published the new National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage, which will take effect from 6 April 2021. The changes will include lowering the age of eligibility for the National Living Wage,from 25 years to 23 years. The new rates will be as follows: Age 23 or over (NLW rate): £8.91 (currently […]
With many companies starting to make redundancies as the furlough scheme begins to wind down, there has been much discussion of how to calculate notice pay and statutory redundancy payments, in particular whether these should be based on the employee’s usual salary or the reduced rate that they have been receiving on furlough. On 31 […]
In the case of Ferguson and others v Astrea Asset Management Ltd, four directors and shareholders of an estate management company fell foul of the TUPE – Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) – Regulations and were dismissed for gross misconduct. The four claimants were directors and senior employees of Lancer Property Asset Management. The […]
We are receiving a lot of enquiries regarding staff holiday and holiday-pay during coronavirus.As we ease our way out of lockdown restrictions, it is important to be aware of the rules for the remainder of 2020, as workforces need to be managed for the next six months. A lot of employers hoping for an upturn […]
Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act sets out the right for an employee to be given a statement of terms of their employment. Such a statement contains key information such as holiday, salary, job roles etc. New legislation comes into force on 6 April 2020 relating to the rules around written statement of terms. […]
According to the Resolution Foundation think tank, one in four people over the age of 25 are beingpaid less than the minimum wage. The research also shows that the number of workers over the age of 25 has increased since the introduction of the National Living Wage in 2016 – from one in five prior […]
One of the BBC’s most high-profile presenters, Samira Ahmed, has won the equal pay tribunal shebrought against the broadcaster. Ahmed, as presenter of BBC’s Newswatch, was paid £440 per episode. Yet Vine, as presenter of Points of View, was paid £3,000 per episode. Claiming that these were like-for like roles, Ahmed claimed to have been […]
With symptoms including hot flushes, mood swings, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and feeling lethargic,menopause can be a difficult time for many women.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently heard two combined Finnish cases concerningemployees who hadn’t been able to take full annual leave due to sickness absence.
Harpur Trust v Brazel 
New laws banning the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in cases relating to sexual harassment, racial discrimination and assault are set to be introduced by the Government. NDAs related to these cases will be legally void.
Forbes v LHR Airport Ltd
Following the abolition of tribunal fees in July 2017, the demand for early conciliation services hascontinued to increase. The ACAS annual report shows a 20% increase in requests in the past year,2.9% of which came from employers.
ICTS Limited v Visram.
Theresa Georges v Pobl Group Ltd.
The Government’s seasonal workers pilot opened in March, to assess how effective the UK’s immigration system is in tackling seasonal job shortages.
In the case of De Groen v Gan Menachem Hendon, a teacher was sacked from an ‘ultra-orthodox’ Jewish nursery in London because she was living unmarried with her boyfriend. The nursery, Gan Menachem Hendon, dismissed Zelda De Groen for acting contrary to her employer’s “culture, ethos and religious beliefs”.
As a result of new legislation, employers who engage staff on an hourly-rate basis need to be aware that, from 6 April 2019, the right to itemised payslips will extend to all workers, not just employees paid by the hour.
Employed parents will have a statutory right to two weeks’ paid leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018, which received Royal Assent on 13 September and is due to come into force in 2020, […]
In the case of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy, an employee in the Trust’s Records department successfully claimed for unfair dismissal following an unusual sequence of events.
Following a national survey of LGBT people, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published the LGBT Action Plan: Improving the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People.
‘Flowers V East of England Ambulance Trust’This case centres around a group of claimants who worked for East of England Ambulance Trust. Occasionally, they were required to work extra time at the end of their shift in order to complete a job such as caring for a patient or dealing with a call made to […]
The case of Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood considered the matter of when the notice of termination takes effect if an employment contract is silent on when notice is deemed given.
We have just seen the lowest unemployment figures since May 1975, but despite this positive outlook, in many parts of the country the High Street is suffering. Already in 2018, according to the Press Association, 21,413 staff have been made redundant or had their role threatened – the bulk of these losses being at established […]
The case of Capita v Ali concerns a father who took shared parental leave so that his wife could go back to work. The wife was suffering from PTSD and was advised that returning to work could help her condition.
A window salesman has been awarded 13 years of unpaid holiday pay by the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) in the King v The Sash Window Workshop case.
Male apprentices earn on average 8% more than their female colleagues according to the Young Women’s Trust.
The Part Time Workers Regulations 2000 state that part-time workers cannot be treated less favourably than their full-time counterparts. In a recent appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) (British Airways v Pinaud), the EAT considered whether a part-time worker working more than 50% of full-time hours, but only paid 50% of a full-time salary […]
September saw the publication of the employment tribunal statistics from April – June 2017.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently upheld a ruling by the Employment Tribunal that an employer’s pension contributions should now be included when calculating a week’s pay.
The term ‘gig economy’ is a fairly new term which you are likely to have heard in the media. Some have defined the gig economy as “a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs”. It is thought that approximately 5 million people work in this […]
Coming into force on 6 April 2017, the government has published the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017 which increases compensation limits for employees in various situations.