|Zero Hours and New Contract Restrictions|
Provisions in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 that render exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts unenforceable came into force on 26th May. The law now provides that any provision of a zero-hours contract which:
- prohibits the worker from doing work or performing services under another contract or under any other arrangement, or,
- prohibits him or her from doing so without the employer's consent,
is unenforceable against the worker.
Published Jun 02, 2015 - 03:39 PM
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|Inexperienced Disciplinary Chairman led to Successful Claim|
The warning for employers in the case of Thomson v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is that appointing an inexperienced decision-maker to preside over a disciplinary procedure could make a resulting dismissal procedurally unfair.
Published May 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM
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A woman banker Svetlana Lokhova in the London office of a Russian bank has been awarded £3.1 million after being driven to a mental breakdown by a campaign of harassment and unfounded drug slurs. At an employment tribunal she won on four heads of claim which were in respect of sex discrimination amounting to constructive dismissal, victimisation, whistleblowing and sexual harassment.
Published May 15, 2015 - 11:59 AM
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|E-cigarettes and Health and Safety|
Smoking e-cigarettes, may be a safer and healthier option to traditional tobacco cigarettes, but it could be almost as dangerous in terms of it being a fire hazard. Smoking an e-cigarette is more accurately described as 'vaping'. It is claimed that 'vaping' is safer than smoking because of the absence of tobacco and smoke. In a market worth £90 million, there are approximately 1.3 million users of E-Cigarettes in the UK, a figure which is expected to rise rapidly.
Published Apr 24, 2015 - 12:21 PM
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|Commission and Holiday Pay|
An Employment Tribunal has ruled in the long running case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd that commission payments earned on sales achieved by an energy trader must be taken into account when calculating holiday pay and that the Working Time Regulations were capable of being interpreted in this way.
Published Apr 24, 2015 - 12:11 PM
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If an employer is proposing to make redundant 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days or less, collective consultation is required. Employee representatives must be elected and consultation must take place with those representatives for a minimum of 30 days. Failure to comply with the collective consultation process will give rise to a protective award of up to 90 days’ pay per affected employee.
Published Apr 21, 2015 - 04:56 PM
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|Too High a Price for Justice?|
On the 1st April I was fooled by an email from a useful website that I subscribe to in which it was suggested that David Cameron had allegedly said:
Published Apr 20, 2015 - 11:04 AM
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|Nudging People towards better Health & Safety|
Nudging People towards better Health & SafetyCathy Norton recently learnt about the Nudge Theory which is a modern concept for understanding how people think, make decisions and behave. This, in turn, can be used to help people (i) improve their thinking and decisions; (ii) managing change; and finally (iii) identifying and modifying existing unhelpful influences on people. It is particularly with respect to points (ii) and (iii) that this can be relevant in a health and safety context. If you want to learn more about Nudge Theory, then she suggests you go to the “Businessballs” website where this a huge amount on this subject, but what she wants to do is to think about it in a health and safety context.
Published Apr 16, 2015 - 11:14 AM
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|Grievance & Conflict Resolution|
Grievance & Conflict Resolution Taining CourseOctober & November 2015
The average UK employee has some kind of workplace squabble nearly twice a week, according to a recent survey from LondonOffices.com. One of the hardest tasks Managers are expected to deal with is finding solutions when working relationships break down, tempers flare or people claim bullying and harassment. How successfully Managers deal with conflict early on may prevent formal grievances.
Published Apr 16, 2015 - 10:54 AM
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|Employment Law Update - 2015|
Employment Law Update - 2015New Statutory Figures
The annual increase in compensation limits has been announced. The new limits are applicable where the event that gives rise to the award or payment occurs on or after 6th April 2015 and are:
Published Apr 14, 2015 - 04:37 PM
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