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Nov
23
2015

Ex-City Link Directors cleared of criminal offence for failing to notify BIS of large-scale redundancies
#Employment

City Link was placed into administration on 24 December 2014, resulting in the loss of over 2000 jobs. Employers planning to dismiss between 20 and 99 staff or more staff at one location must notify BIS in writing 30 days in advance. Employers planning to dismiss 100 or more staff at one location must give BIS 45 days’ written notice. Failure to notify BIS in this way is a criminal offence, for which the maximum fine is currently £5,000....

Nov
23
2015

Who will pay for the National Living Wage?
#Employment

Earlier this month we blogged about the National Living Wage (“NLW”), which is expected to come into force in April 2016 for all workers aged 25 and above. Minimum hourly pay for those workers will increase from £6.70 to £7.20 and it’s envisaged that the NLW will increase over the coming years to reach a target of £9.00 per hour by 2020....

Nov
13
2015

Work social: dismissal for punch to face was fair despite only final warning for colleague's extremely violent threats
#Employment

The recent case of MBNA Ltd v Jones demonstrates that differential treatment of employees in misconduct situations will not necessarily amount to an unfair dismissal. ...

Nov
13
2015

Government clamp down on "off-payroll" workers
#Employment

We reported on the Government’s proposal to clamp down on false self employment last year. Since that announcement, the Ministry of Defence was, earlier this year, fined £1m for failing to seek assurance from a number of workers on their tax arrangements. The Department of Health was also fined £470,740 because two of its board members were off-payroll for over a year....

Nov
06
2015

Government drops key proposed changes to strike and picketing laws in Trade Union Bill
#Employment

On 15 July 2015, the government published the Trade Union Bill 2015-16 and published a Consultation on tackling intimidation of non-striking workers to seek views on proposed reform of the law relating to picketing and protests in order to address intimidation and so-called "leverage tactics" by unions....

Nov
06
2015

Cap on public sector exit payments at £95,000 to go ahead - but not for unfair dismissal
#Employment

The response this week to the public sector exit payments consultation indicates that powers to introduce the cap will be included in the Enterprise Bill, with the details to be dealt with in subsequent regulations....

Nov
06
2015

National Living Wage will cost large employers an extra £11m each by 2020
#Employment

As the implementation of the mandatory National Living Wage in April 2016 looms nearer, employers are starting to assess the financial costs of this. However, despite the direct increased costs of salaries within the workforce, a number of benefits for employers may also result....

Oct
30
2015

Supply chain transparency: Modern Slavery statements now in force, check your year end date.
#Employment #Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Supply Chain Governance

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act requiring commercial organisations, with a certain minimum turnover, to prepare a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year came into force yesterday, 29 October 2015....

Oct
30
2015

Bonuses to be included in Gender Pay Gap reporting
#Employment

David Cameron has announced this week that gender pay gap reporting will be extended to include the public sector and bonuses....

Oct
30
2015

David Cameron launches "blind CV" initiative
#Employment #Public Sector

The Prime Minister has announced this week that private and public sector employers have signed up to recruit graduates on a “name blind” basis....

Oct
23
2015

Cleaners facing disciplinary action after asking the Government to consider paying the Living Wage
#Employment

14 cleaners allege that they are being subjected to disciplinary action over a letter they sent to Philip Hammond (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) asking to discuss the Living Wage....

Oct
23
2015

Guidance on zero-hours contracts
#Employment

Back in May, we reported that the provisions in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 that make exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts unenforceable had come into force....

Oct
16
2015

Sleeping time when on call and living on site not subject to minimum wage
#Employment

The EAT has confirmed that an on-call night worker who lives at his place of work is only entitled to the National Minimum Wage for the time he is actually awake and carrying out his employment duties....

Oct
16
2015

Failure to give notice of redundancies can lead to unlimited criminal fines and disqualification from office
#Employment

It has been reported this week that the Chief Executive of Sports Direct, Dave Forsey, is to face criminal charges for the failure on the part of a company of which he was company secretary, to inform the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) of proposed redundancies. The case serves as a timely reminder of how the mishandling of collective redundancies, typically in an insolvency situation, can land company directors/secretaries and company insolvency practitioners with criminal fines and disqualification from office....

Oct
09
2015

Shared parental leave and pay to be extended to working grandparents
#Employment

At the Conservative Party conference this week the Chancellor announced that the Government will extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents, to increase flexibility and choice in parental leave arrangements....

Oct
09
2015

Failure to provide medical information during recruitment
#Employment

The Glasgow bin lorry crash has raised some serious questions about the medical information that should be provided by individuals applying for a new job....

Oct
02
2015

Public sector pay in the spotlight
#Employment #Public Sector

There’s been a lot discussion in the news this week about public sector pay, with a particular focus on the NHS....

Oct
02
2015

October changes - 5 points for employers to consider
#Employment

On 1 October 2015, further provisions of the Deregulation Act 2015 (“Act”) were put into place....

Sep
25
2015

£184,000 unpaid wages award in first caste discrimination case
#Employment

Permila Tirkey has been awarded almost £184,000 in unpaid wages from her former employers after a landmark case in which her caste was taken into consideration as part of her race discrimination complaint....

Sep
18
2015

Discrimination arising from disability - knowledge and justification key
#Employment

Employers should sit up and take note of the recent decision in Hall v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, which involved a claim of discrimination arising from disability. ...

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