|Carneiro v Chelsea and Mourinho|
Former Chelsea FC team doctor Eva Carneiro has settled her employment tribunal claim against the club and Jose Mourinho for an undisclosed sum. She left the club after being removed from first-team duties and brought claims for constructive dismissal and sex discrimination. Mourinho had publicly criticised Carneiro after she ran onto the pitch during a stoppage to treat Eden Hazard during a match in August 2015. Mourinho described her actions as “naive”. She left after her role was substantially changed, so she was no longer on the bench during matches.
Published Jun 20, 2016 - 03:08 PM
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|Recruiting Seasonal Staff|
Many employers will be looking to recruit people to work during the summer either to cover peaks in demand or holiday cover. A number of employers will also be considering them for a permanent position. So what do you need to know and, how does employing temporary people, compare to employing permanent staff?
Published Jun 20, 2016 - 03:04 PM
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|Legal Highs at Work|
Alcohol and drugs policies don't have to be limited to what is and isn't allowed in the law. Alcohol use, for instance, is an accepted part of social life, and some workplaces allow a degree of social drinking. In any event, most employers now have some sort of alcohol and/or drugs policy which can be used to ensure problems are dealt with effectively, consistently, and promptly. The recent increase in the use of so-called ‘legal highs’ means that these policies need to be revisited, and perhaps updated.
Published Jun 20, 2016 - 02:59 PM
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|Employee Absence - in Prison|
A Bakery has been ordered to pay £650 to an employee who failed to turn up for work for months because he was in prison. Joseph Carter won an employment tribunal against Aulds Bakers for unfair dismissal after being jailed for dangerous driving and breach of the peace.
Published Jun 20, 2016 - 02:54 PM
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|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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|A ‘well-being vacuum’ in the Workplace|
A ‘well-being vacuum’ in the WorkplaceDespite 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|
The Living WageIn 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|
Levers for Workplace ProductivityThe 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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