|Right to Work in UK|
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently considered whether an employer dismissed an employee fairly, in the mistaken belief they no longer had the right to work in the UK. In Nayak v Royal Mail Ltd, the employee started work with the Royal Mail in January 2008 with a work visa which expired in April 2009. This process went on for several years with, Royal Mail trying to establish the claimant’s immigration status, with little cooperation from Mr Nayak. Royal Mail had a policy that, when a visa application outcome was pending, it would carry out employee immigration checks every six months, even though such checks were not legally required. They had warned the employee that his continued failure to provide the necessary documentation may result in his dismissal, which eventually he was.
Published May 17, 2016 - 04:19 PM
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|Discrimination Claim at Newcastle FC|
An employment tribunal recently found that Newcastle United football club discriminated against former player, Jonas Gutierrez, on the grounds of disability and now the club faces paying compensation, which the media have widely reported could be around £2 million. Gutierrez was successful in two of the four claims he brought against Newcastle including, direct discrimination and failure to make reasonable adjustments.
Published May 17, 2016 - 04:16 PM
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|Budget & Employment Law Update - 2016|
Budget & Employment Law Update - 20162016 Budget Announcements
Chancellor George Osborne has announced that from April 2018, termination payments over £30,000 will be subject to employer's National Insurance Contributions as well as Income Tax, which is already payable. Under £30,000 will still be free of tax. He said in his speech that “the rules are complex and the exemptions incentivise employers to manipulate the rules, structuring arrangements to include payments that are ordinarily taxable such as notice and bonuses to minimise the tax and NICs due”.
Published May 12, 2016 - 12:47 PM
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|Stress Claim and How Good Notes Save the Day|
The High Court case of Easton v B&Q plc has been rightly seen as being about the difficult hurdles employees must overcome if they are to prove that their employer should have foreseen their injury and is therefore liable for psychiatric illness caused by occupational stress. This high hurdle was established in the 2002 case of Hatton v Sutherland.
Published Apr 22, 2016 - 03:01 PM
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|Promoting Religious Beliefs at Work|
In Wasteney v East London NHS Trust, the EAT has upheld a tribunal's decision that disciplinary action taken against a Christian senior manager for ‘imposing’ her religious views on a Muslim junior employee was not discriminatory. This was after being suspended for 9 months.
Published Apr 22, 2016 - 02:57 PM
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|A ‘well-being vacuum’ in the Workplace|
Despite increased business awareness of the importance of actively supporting health and well-being in the workplace, there remains a stubborn 'implementation gap' in UK workplaces, which is threatening individuals' health and long-term business sustainability.
Published Apr 18, 2016 - 02:17 PM
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|The Living Wage|
In the Budget last summer, it was announced that a "Living Wage" will replace the current levels of National Minimum Wage (NMW).
The Government is to introduce a ‘National Living Wage’ premium, on top of the NMW for workers aged 25 and over from 1st April 2016. This means that the minimum wage for workers aged 25 and over will have gone up twice in the last 12 months. On 1st October 2015, the standard adult rate of the NMW increased to £6.70 ﴾from £6.50﴿ and then in April 2016 it will go up again, for those aged 25+, to £7.20. Notably, the National Living Wage will not apply to adult workers aged under 25, and this group will continue to be entitled only to the National Minimum Wage, which is currently £6.70, and will be reviewed again in October 2016.
Published Apr 18, 2016 - 02:14 PM
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|Levers for Workplace Productivity|
The issue of the UK's productivity has recently hit the headlines with the release of a report by the Chancellor Fixing Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation. The plan focused on two key areas: encouraging long-term investment and promoting a 'dynamic economy'. Some of the key points were higher pay, lower welfare society and a highly skilled workforce. It coincided with the Governor of the Bank of England initiating a debate about the alleged failure of the British economy to become more productive.
Published Feb 16, 2016 - 06:05 PM
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|Recognising & Avoiding Employment Myths, Mistakes & Muddle|
Recognising & Avoiding Employment Myths, Mistakes & MuddleCourse Venues:-
Rowley Mile Conference Centre, Newmarket - 23rd June
Park Farm Country Hotel, Norwich - 11th October
Managing people often strikes fear and dread into most Managers, but it does not have to be that way.
By coming along to our short, but informative course, business owners and Managers will be provided with the essentials needed to manage people, and most importantly, avoid finding themselves on the wrong side of employment law - which can be costly!
Published Aug 17, 2015 - 02:02 PM
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