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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. ...

Sep
18
2015

Working Time Security for Mobile Workers
#Employment

According to the European Court of Justice, in a case against the Security and Fire Company, Tyco, mobile employees who do not have a fixed place of work should be treated as being on working time from the moment they leave home and travel to their first work assignment and then, at the other end of the day, when they leave their last appointment and travel back home...

Sep
11
2015

Fit for Work scheme now available to employers
#Employment

The Fit for Work scheme has this week been made available to employers in England and Wales, completing a national roll-out which began in April. This provides occupational health support and advice for GPs, employers, and employees and aims to reduce long term sickness absence....

Sep
11
2015

National Living Wage already impacting businesses
#Employment

The national living wage has already started to influence the way businesses are behaving....

Sep
10
2015

HR improper influence on outcome can make dismissal unfair
#Employment

Human Resources’ departments are often asked to provide advice and guidance on disciplinary matters, however, a recent case from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has warned of the risk of overstepping the mark and applying ‘improper’ influence. ...

Sep
04
2015

Scottish government plans to abolish employment tribunal fees
#Employment

The Scottish government has announced this week plans to scrap employment tribunal fees north of the border, using new powers included in the Scotland Bill....

Sep
03
2015

Visit India on an e-visa - welcome news for Britons travelling to India for business or pleasure
#Immigration #Employment

As of last month, UK passport holders wishing to visit India can apply online for an “e-Tourist visa”. Applications can be made online through the Government of India’s website, which enables applicants to upload documents, pay the fee of $60 (£39) and track their application. Once an application is submitted, visa entry documents should arrive by email within 4 days....

Aug
28
2015

‘Right to be forgotten' enforced against Google
#Employment

The UK’s data protection authority - the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) - has issued Google with an enforcement notice requiring it to remove links to certain news stories....

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