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Oct
31
2014

Self employed beauty consultant not protected under Equality Act 2010
#Employment

The Court of Appeal has upheld the finding that a beauty consultant was not in "employment" under section 83 of the Equality Act 2010 as she did not have a contract of employment or a "contract personally to do work". She provided her services through a limited company to a business which supplied staff to a third party (a cosmetics company) to work in an airport duty-free outlet. The Equality...

Oct
31
2014

Redundant permanent employees can be redeployed in preference to long serving agency workers
#Employment

An agency worker, who worked for the Ministry of Defence for 8years, has failed in his attempt to claim that his employer had failed to comply with the obligation under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 whichprovides, "An agency worker has during an assignment the right to beinformed by the hirer of any relevant vacant posts with the hirer, to give thatagency worker the same opportunity as a com...

Oct
24
2014

ICO updates code of practice for CCTV and surveillance cameras
#Employment

The Information Commissioner`s Office (ICO) has published an updated code of practice for CCTV and other types of surveillance cameras. It provides best practice advice, for those involved in operating CCTV and surveillance cameras that view or record individuals` information, on how to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. The code now provides specific guidance on particularly intrusive te...

Oct
24
2014

No discrimination in dismissing disabled employee on final written warning for absence
#Employment

The EAT has found that there was no disability discrimination based on a failure to make reasonable adjustments and that it was fair to dismiss a disabled employee who had received a final written warning for repeated absences and where the absence was unlikely to improve. In General Dynamics Information Technology Ltd v Carranza UKEAT/0107/14, the employee had received a final written warning fo...

Oct
24
2014

Civil servants to get enhanced shared parental pay equal to maternity pay.
#Employment

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced plans to equalise parental leave and pay arrangements for members of the civil service. Female civil servants can currently take maternity leave at full pay, but partners would not receive full pay if they choose to take time off as shared parental leave with their partner. From April 2015, civil servants taking shared parental leave will be enti...

Oct
17
2014

New ACAS guidance on shared parental leave
#Employment

Acas has published Shared parental leave: a good practice guide for employers and employees....

Oct
17
2014

Extension of parental leave for parents of children aged 18 and under from 5 April 2015
#Employment

The government has published new regulations  to extend parental leave to parents of children aged between five and 18. This is due to come into force on 5 April 2015. At present, with the exception of parents of disabled children, only parents of children aged five  and under can take such leave, which is currently a maximum of 18 weeks that is limited to four weeks per year....

Oct
17
2014

EAT guidance on amount of compensation in unfair dismissal cases
#Employment

The EAT has provided some guidance on making "Polkey" deductions. This is the deduction in compensation a tribunal will make in an unfair dismissal claim if it finds that the employee would have been dismissed in any event even if a fair procedure been followed. In Contract Bottling Ltd v Cave and another UKEAT/0100/14, the EAT overturned an employment tribunal`s assessment of a 20% Polkey deduc...

Oct
17
2014

"Extreme tactics" in industrial disputes - report makes no recommendations despite calls to ban "secondary protesting".
#Employment

On 16 October 2014, Bruce Carr QC`s report setting out the findings of his Independent Review into the Law Governing Industrial Disputes was published. The review was launched following allegations of intimidation of managers by union representatives during the Grangemouth oil refinery dispute. The scope of the review was scaled back in April 2014 due to concerns on the part of Bruce Carr that it...

Oct
09
2014

Conservatives employment law reforms
#Employment

At the Conservative Party`s recent annual conference, the Prime Minister David Cameron proposed several reforms which affect employment law. Introduction of a British Bill of Rights. If elected in 2015, the Conservatives will pass a new British Bill of Rights, which Mr Cameron suggested would replace the Human Rights Act 1998. In response, the Law Society has commented that the Human Rights Ac...

Oct
09
2014

Vince Cable vows to get to grips with the difference between employees and workers
#Employment

Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched this week an ambitious sounding wide-ranging employment review to help clarify and potentially strengthen the employment status of up to a million British workers. This follows the recent review and upcoming legislation of zero hours contracts. It is considered that an increasing number of people in the UK are on ‘worker` employment contracts which hav...

Oct
08
2014

TUPE and Right to Work Checks
#Employment

Employers should be mindful of the need to conduct right to work checks when acquiring staff through a TUPE transfer. Employers cannot rely on previous checks! Since the May 2014 changes, the UKVI has allowed employers a grace period of 60 days from the date of transfer to carry out the appropriate document checks. Previously, employers were only allowed 28 days, and as such should you fail to co...

Oct
02
2014

Employee could not bring ET claim after his move to Dubai
#Employment

The Court of Appeal has restored an employment judge`s decision that the tribunal did not have jurisdiction to hear claims for unfair dismissal and breach of the right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing where the claims were brought by an employee of a British company who had moved to work in Dubai ( Creditsights Ltd v Dhunna [2014]). CSL had an office in London and in New York. About 1...

Oct
02
2014

New guidance on Shared Parental Leave and Pay
#Employment

BIS has published an Employers` Technical Guide to Shared Parental Leave and Pay The technical guide summarises the operation of the shared parental leave and pay scheme, considers a number of frequently asked questions and sets out worked examples. It covers some of the more technical aspects of the scheme that are not dealt with in detail in the main Shared parental leave and pay: employer guide on the GOV.UK site, such as the maternity leave curtailment rules.....

Sep
25
2014

Compulsory pay audits from 1 October 2014
#Employment

Regulations come into force from 1 October 2014 making it compulsory for employment tribunals to order equal pay audits against non compliant employers in equal pay claims, unless certain exemptions apply. In relation to claims brought from 1 October 2014, in the event that the employer is found to be in breach of the equal pay provisions, the tribunal must then go on to require the employer to...

Sep
25
2014

Employees offered as much holiday as they want: Virgin copies Netflix
#Employment

The BBC reports today that Sir Richard Branson, is offering his personal staff at Virgin as much holiday as they want, whenever they want....

Sep
25
2014

Other changes from 1 October 2014: reservists protection against unfair dismissal, minimum wage increase to £6.50
#Employment

With effect from 1 October 2014, where an employee is dismissed exclusively (or mainly) because he or she is a member of reserve force, the normal two-year service requirement for bringing an unfair dismissal claim will not apply....

Sep
18
2014

Will Scottish employment law change whatever the outcome today?
#Employment

It has been interesting that the trade unions have generally maintained neutrality in the independence debate, leaving the issue to their members individually, although the RMT notably has supported independence. However, as Scots voters go the polls today, whether or not Scotland votes for independence  it seems unlikely that current laws on discrimination, working time and TUPE will remain the...

Sep
18
2014

Payments to small and medium sized employers for military reservists
#Employment

New regulations come into force on 1 October 2014 which will help employers employing military reservists. At the moment, when called up, military reservists are paid directly by the Ministry of Defence. Employers can claim expenses in respect of additional costs incurred whilst replacing the reservist (to a maximum of £110 per day). However, from 1st October, small and medium sized employers wi...

Sep
11
2014

Should we follow Germany`s example and ban emails to employees on holiday?
#Employment

It was recently reported in the Guardian Newspaper that the German employment minister is considering new "anti-stress" legislation, including banning companies from contacting employees out of hours. She is quoted in the German press as saying "There is an undeniable relationship between constant availability and the increase of mental illness. We have commissioned the Federal Institute for Occu...

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