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Sep
01
2017

Tribunal fees: should you prepare for a deluge of claims and what happens next?
#Employment

It has been a tumultuous few years for the Conservative party and the recent Supreme Court ruling has added to the party’s list of woes. The government will now have to repay £32m to parties following the Court’s unanimous decision that the tribunal fee regime was unlawful....

Sep
01
2017

Top London Curry House Re-Opens following Immigration Raid
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

One of London’s top curry houses, Tayyabs, has re-opened following a 48 hour shutdown by immigration enforcement officers for allegedly employing illegal workers. Family owned Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs closed on Tuesday following an immigration raid which found some of its 40 employees did not have the correct permission to work in the UK....

Aug
30
2017

Home Office admits error in British born Shane Ridge case
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

This afternoon, the Home Office confirmed that Shane Ridge, the Lancashire born joiner, is indeed a British citizen and they had incorrectly refused his application for Right of Abode. Shane Ridge’s case made headlines this week when it was discovered that despite being born in the UK and spending his entire life here, he was required to leave or face a £5,000 fine or prison sentence. ...

Aug
25
2017

Food industry expresses workforce concerns in landmark Brexit survey
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

This week, the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) warned that over a third of its members businesses would become unviable without access to EU labour, as 47% of EU workers consider moving away from permanent and seasonal roles....

Aug
18
2017

TalkTalk fined by ICO for subcontractor’s abuse of personal data
#Employment

Following complaints from customers of scammers calling with personal details such as account numbers, TalkTalk’s investigators found that 3 employees...

Aug
18
2017

Would following in Norway’s footsteps help address the UK’s gender pay gap?
#Employment

In Norway, details of individuals’ net income, net assets and amount of tax paid are all accessible to the general public. An individual may simply use their national ID...

Aug
18
2017

Passport to Supreme Court for Pimlico Plumbers
#Employment

Last week in Gascoigne v Addison Lee an Employment Tribunal decided that a cycle courier was a worker and not self-employed. Following the pattern emerging from other similar cases, the Tribunal ...

Aug
18
2017

Claimants no longer need to “shift the burden of proof” in discrimination claims
#Employment

Section 136 of the Equality Act 2010 is headed “the burden of proof”. It has long been considered that in discrimination cases the claimant has to show a ‘prime facie’ ...

Aug
18
2017

Home Office Updates Guidance on Right to Work Checks
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

This week, the Home Office published new guidance for employers setting out the right to work checks required to establish or retain a statutory excuse....

Aug
11
2017

Call for Evidence: EEA workers in the UK labour market
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Last month, the Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), with the purpose of conducting a study about and advising upon the economic and social impacts of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Following the Home Secretary's commissioning letter last week, the MAC has released a Call of Evidence, from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience to aid the MAC response. ...

Aug
11
2017

Tribunal Fees: Resurrecting rejected claims?
#Employment

The Supreme Court decision on 26 July 2017 that Employment Tribunal fees were unlawful was expected to have wide-ranging repercussions ...

Aug
04
2017

Voluntary overtime included in holiday pay...
#Employment

In Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others the EAT has ruled that payments for voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay calculations....

Aug
04
2017

Does the duty to collectively consult employees regarding redundancies apply to employees based outside the UK?
#Employment

The EAT has determined in Seahorse Maritime v Nautilus International that the duty to collectively consult in a redundancy situation can extend to employees working outside of the UK, but cautioned each case will depend on its own facts. ...

Aug
04
2017

Good Work?
#Employment

The Taylor Review: proposals and potential impact on businesses and those that work for them...

Aug
04
2017

Recruitment Manager prosecuted for sharing job applicants CVs
#Employment

A recruitment manager has been prosecuted in a magistrates’ court for forwarding CVs to a third-party employment agency in breach of the Data Protection Act....

Aug
04
2017

What does a “week’s pay” include for the purposes of calculating tribunal awards?
#Employment

In University of Sunderland v Drossou, the EAT concluded (departing from previous authorities) that the figure for a “week’s pay” when calculating tribunal awards should include employer pension contributions. ...

Aug
03
2017

Non-compete clause struck down due to prohibition on shareholding
#Dispute Resolution #employment

Mary Tillman (MT) was a star employee of Egon Zehnder (EZ), a headhunter. Her contract contained non-solicitation, non-dealing and non-compete clauses. She resigned from EZ and wanted to join a competitor before her non-compete expired. ...

Jul
28
2017

Gender pay gap: perceptions v reality
#Employment

A recent survey by salary benchmarking site emolument.com revealed that many men were unaware of a gender pay gap existing in their sector....

Jul
28
2017

Supreme Court finds Tribunal fees to be unlawful: What will happen now?
#Employment

This week the Supreme Court handed down what has been described as “the most important judgment in employment law of the last fifty years” in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor. The Court found that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (the “Order”) prevents access to justice and is unlawful....

Jul
28
2017

Not so happy returns! ECJ decide Italian firms can dismiss zero-hour contract workers on their 25th birthday.
#Employment

Italian law allows firms to offer ‘on call’ contracts (referred to as zero hour contracts in the UK) to individuals aged under 25 and over 45, those between 25 and 45 can only receive these contracts in limited circumstances....

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