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Posted on July 27, 2015

Statutory Sick Pay

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17 July 2015:  Pay As You Go Sick Pay? According to press reports this week David Cameron is prepared to look at making workers’ pay into flexible saving accounts to fund their own sick pay or unemployment benefits. Whether that … Continue reading

Posted on July 06, 2015

Procedure and Disciplinary hearings

Posted in: disciplinary

26 June 2015: Procedure and Disciplinary hearings: In Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals, the EAT decided that neither procedural flaws in the disciplinary hearing, nor breach of  the ACAS Code regarding the appeal panel, resulted in Ms Adeshina’s dismissal being … Continue reading

Posted on July 06, 2015

Working Time and Travel to and from Work

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19 June 2015: Working Time and Travel to and from Work: Travel to and from work is not generally considered to be ‘working time’ for the purposes of the Working Time Regulations. But what about workers without a normal place … Continue reading

Posted on June 16, 2015

Alcohol abuse at work

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12 June 2015: Alcohol & Work: What do you do if your employee turns up at work smelling of alcohol?   That was the issue in the Tribunal case of McElroy v Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust reported this week, in … Continue reading

Posted on June 10, 2015

Redundancies at HSBC

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10 June 2015: Sadly HSBC have announced it will be making in the region of 1,400 redundancies from head office and support staff before the end of the year. Chief executive Bill Dalton is reported to state that HSBC hopes … Continue reading

Posted on June 05, 2015

Religious Garments at Work

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5 June 2015: Religious Garments at Work: In January 2013 we reported on Eweida v BA concerning the right of cabin crew on flights to wear a crucifix with their uniform. The European Court of Justice said yes to crucifixes with uniforms, … Continue reading

Posted on June 05, 2015

Zero Hours Contracts

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26 May 2015: Zero Hours Contracts: From the 26 May 2015, a new section 27A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 states that any provision of a zero-hours contract that prevents a worker from doing work under another contract is unenforceable. This … Continue reading

Posted on May 13, 2015

Dismissal and Discriminatory Colleagues

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8 May 2015: Dismissal and Discriminatory Colleagues:   Last week the Court of Appeal held in CLFIS v Dr Mary Reynolds that it was not discriminatory to dismiss an employee after relying upon the reports of colleagues with discriminatory motivation.   … Continue reading

Posted on May 01, 2015

Group Consultation on Redundancy

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1 May 2015: Group Consultation for Redundancy: Where an employer proposes to make 20 or more redundancies at a particular establishment within a period of 90 days it must consult on its proposal with representatives of the affected employees. Consultation will … Continue reading

Posted on April 27, 2015

Costs in Employment Tribunals

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24 April 2015: Costs Awards in Employment Tribunal proceedings: In Chadburn v Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Foundation Trust reported this week, the EAT upheld a costs award of £10,000 against Mrs Chadburn, despite her current inability to pay it.   … Continue reading

Posted on April 20, 2015

Harassment and Injury to Feelings

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17 April 2015: Zero hours worker gets £19,500 for injury to feelings for harassment:   In Southern v Britannia Hotels Ltd reported this week, an employment tribunal awarded £19,500 for injury to feelings to a zero hours worker who was subjected … Continue reading

Posted on April 10, 2015

Whistleblowing and the Public Interest

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10 April 2015: Whistle-blowing and the Public Interest:   It is unlawful to subject someone to a detriment or dismiss them as a result of having made a Protected Disclosure, also known as whistle-blowing).   In June 2013 the law … Continue reading

Posted on March 27, 2015

Redundancy, unfair dismissal awards to increase

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27 March 2015:   Changes from the 6th April 2015: The following changes will take effect from the 6th April 2015:   The National Minimum Wage will be: £6.50 ph for a worker who is aged 21 years or over (up from … Continue reading

20 March 2015: Diet-Controlled Type 2 Diabetes was not a Disability: Type 2 diabetes is an increasingly common medical problem, and many would assume that it amounts to a disability under the Equality Act 2010.   Under the Act, ‘disability’ means … Continue reading

Posted on March 16, 2015

ACAS Code on Disciplinary Procedure Amended

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13 March 2015: Updated ACAS Code & the Right to be Accompanied The updated ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures plus non-statutory guidance came into effect on the 11 March 2015.   Amongst other things the updated code … Continue reading

Posted on March 06, 2015

Dress Down Friday

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Friday 6 March 2015: Many employers have a dress code in order to maintain their corporate image, professional standards or health and safety / job related requirements.   There is no limit within reason to the restrictions an employer can … Continue reading

Posted on February 20, 2015

Disciplinary Investigations

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20 February 2015: How much investigation is appropriate in disciplinary proceedings?   In Shrestha v Genesis Housing Association Ltd, the Court of Appeal held that an employee was fairly dismissed after an investigation revealed that he had claimed mileage in … Continue reading

13 February 2015:         The general position is that it takes the agreement of both parties (express or implied) to change a contractual term in an employment contract.   In Norman and others v National Audit Office … Continue reading

Posted on January 30, 2015

Dismissal Appeals. Informing the Employee

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30 January 2015: Employers who dismiss an employee should give them the right to appeal that decision. Failure to do so may give rise to an unfair dismissal claim. What if the employer upholds the decision but fails to inform … Continue reading

Posted on January 19, 2015

When is redundancy not redundancy

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16 January 2015: Redundancy arises when an employer’s business closes down, or stops in the place where the employee was employed. Alternatively it arises when there is a reduction in the need for the business for that particular kind of … Continue reading

Posted on January 19, 2015

What is redundancy

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16 January 2015: Redundancy arises when an employer’s business closes down, or stops in the place where the employee was employed. Alternatively it arises when there is a reduction in the need for the business for that particular kind of … Continue reading

Posted on January 09, 2015

2015. Changes to Employment law in the year ahead

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9 January 2015: With an election looming in May 2015, it is more difficult than normal to predict what changes there may be to employment law in the year ahead.  The main changes that are currently on the cards are … Continue reading

Posted on December 23, 2014

Obesity and Disability

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23 December 2014: Reasonable Adjustments for Santa? Santa has been getting rather portly in recent years and his sleigh is no longer comfortable for him to ride in.   Santa has mixed feelings about the European Court of Justice decision … Continue reading

12 December 2014: Disability Discrimination – What’s in a Name? There are some names which seem strangely apt, such as that Mark Avery of the RSPB, Belgian footballer Mark De Man, lawmaker Lord Judge and gardener Bob Flowerdew (see BBC article). … Continue reading

Posted on December 05, 2014

Employment Status – Pimlico Plumbers v Smith

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5 December 2014: Plumbing the Depths of Employment Status: Some businesses engage staff on a ‘self employed’ basis to avoid PAYE obligations, employee rights (such as the right not to be unfairly dismissed) and worker rights (mainly the right to paid … Continue reading

Posted on November 28, 2014

Dismissal, stress, depression and personal injury

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28 November 2014: Stress and a Person of Ordinary Robustness: Can suspension trigger a personal injury claim for depression caused as a result?   Generally no, said the Court of Appeal in Yapp v Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2014 which … Continue reading

Posted on November 21, 2014

Redundancy and Maternity Leave

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21 November 2014: In the recent EAT case of Sefton Borough Council v Wainwright, Mrs Wainwright was put at risk of redundancy during her maternity leave, but not considered for alternative vacancies until several months later.   Regulation 10 of … Continue reading

Posted on November 14, 2014

Do union activities count as ‘working time’

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14 November 2014: Even though an employer may not ‘recognise’ a union formally, there may still be union representatives within the business who have union work to attend to.   In Edwards and another v Encirc Ltd (ET/2412489/13) a health … Continue reading

Posted on November 04, 2014

Holiday Pay must include overtime

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4 November 2014: Does holiday pay include overtime? When calculating the statutory right to paid holiday, most employers make the calculation based on basic pay only, and not overtime.  Should they?   The Employment Appeal Tribunal has just issued its answer … Continue reading

31 October 2014: Consultants providing personal services via limited companies Many consultants set up limited companies to provide services, in order to reduce their tax exposure.   In Halawi v WDFG 2014 reported this week, the Court of Appeal held that … Continue reading

Posted on October 24, 2014

Sickness Absence and Reasonable Adjustments

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24 October 2014: Should an employer disregard disability-related absence as a ‘reasonable adjustment’ under the Equality Act?   This was considered by the EAT in General Dynamics Information Technology Ltd v Carranza UKEAT/0107/14. Mr Carranza got a final written warning … Continue reading

Posted on October 17, 2014

Tax on Settlement Agreements

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17 October 2014: It’s commonly known that a non-contractual payment of up to £30,000 can be made on termination under section 401-4 Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (‘ITEPA’). Contractual payments, and payments in lieu of holiday etc have … Continue reading

10 October 2014: Are ‘Self Employed’ consultants really employees? Many organisations engage self-employed consultants to carry out work for them, sometimes over a period of years.   Problems can arise when business wants to dispense with their services, as whatever the … Continue reading

Posted on October 03, 2014

National Minimum Wages Increases

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3 October 2014: On the 1st October 2014 the National Minimum Wage increased. It’s now: Adults:                  Up from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour Young Worker:  Up from £5.03 to £5.13 per hour. The London Living Wage remains £8.80 per hour … Continue reading

Posted on September 19, 2014

Shared Parent Leave from April 2015

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19 September 2014: Shared Parental Leave from the 5th April 2015: Currently fathers can take Additional Paternity Leave and Pay – for between 2 and 26 weeks at £138.18 pw, to start 20 weeks after the birth or adoption.   Parents of babies … Continue reading

Posted on September 12, 2014

Unfair dismissal and international employees

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12 September 2014: Can international employees claim unfair dismissal in the UK?   Employees in the UK and Europe generally enjoy stronger employment rights than workers in the USA. This might make it attractive for employees of multinationals to claim … Continue reading

Posted on September 05, 2014

Employers Giving References

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5 September 2014: The Perils of Giving References: The recent case of Playboy Club London Ltd  v Banca Nazionale del Lavaro [2014] is a warning to all employers whose staff may give references without approval.   It is well established (in … Continue reading

1 August 2014: Do employers own their staff’s linked in contacts?   We wrote in July 2013 about Confidentiality, Restrictive Covenants and Linkedin profiles. LinkedIn is becoming a particularly important tool in some jobs, and the ownership of an employee’s … Continue reading

25 July 2014: Can an employer convert a disciplinary warning to dismissal on appeal? Not unless the policy expressly says so, was the answer in the Court of Appeal case of McMillan v Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.   A contractual … Continue reading

Posted on July 18, 2014

Is Obesity a Disability?

Posted in: disability discrimination

18 July 2014: The short answer is that severe obesity is likely to be a disability under the Equality Act 2010.   In Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund (C-354/13) the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has given … Continue reading

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