Employment News

Proposed increases to statutory pay

DWP announces proposed 2017 increases to statutory maternity paternity adoption and sick pay. In a written ministerial statement from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Government has announced the following proposed increases to statutory benefit...

ICO prosecutes employee for unlawfully accessing client data

A former employee of Lex Autolease Ltd who unlawfully accessed personal data records of 551 Lex Autolease customers relating to road traffic accidents has been prosecuted and fined under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. The employee accessed the...

Police ordered to pay £450,000 in discrimination case

A policeman who was victimised by fellow officers because of his ethnicity has won £457,664 in compensation from Cleveland Police. Last year a tribunal found that firearms officer Nadeem Saddique had been discriminated against. Cleveland Police agreed...

Restaurant owner disqualified for employing illegal workers

A restaurant owner has been disqualified from acting as a director after employing two illegal workers. Home Office Immigration Enforcement Officers visited the restaurant and found he was employing two workers who were not eligible to work in the UK....

EasyJet cabin crew win landmark case on breastfeeding

Employers may have to improve arrangements for female staff who are breast feeding after a “groundbreaking” tribunal ruling. The tribunal found that EasyJet discriminated against two female cabin crew members by failing to limit their days...

New minimum wage rates from 1 October 2016

On 1st October, new national minimum wage rates came into force. Employers are urged to review their pay scales to ensure they are aligned with the new rates which are: £6.95. for workers aged 21 to 24  £5.55 for workers aged 18...

ACAS research reveals negative attitudes towards tattoos

New research published by ACAS indicates that employers risk losing talented staff due to concerns about employing people with visible tattoos.

National minimum wage offenders named and shamed

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published the largest ever list of National Minimum Wage offenders. The 198 companies listed owed workers over £466,219 in arrears. Since the scheme was introduced in October...

When it Comes to Employment Law, British Airways' Female Cabin Crew Wear the Trousers

A two year dispute over British Airways' dress code for new female recruits has come to a close after the airline agreed to allow all female cabin crew the right to wear trousers. Established crew members have long been allowed to wear trousers, but the...

Working time for mobile workers with no fixed workplace

Businesses wanting to exploit the current trend of moving from office-based businesses to more mobile ones will need to take a recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) into consideration before changing their approach. The ECJ held that the...

How Settlement Agreements can provide a Fresh Start in 2016

Winter is often a time when many of us turn our thoughts turn to fresh starts, resolutions and resolving issues which have troubled us during the year. This is especially the case when it comes to resolving long standing problems or grievances at work -...

Employment law changes from 1 October 2015

On 1 October several changes to employment law will come into effect. Read on to check if these affect your business. The minimum wage for adults will increase from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour. Anyone self-employed will become exempt from health and...

Changes in Employment Law - 6 April 2015

The Government has made a number of changes to employment law this month, including statutory pay rates, parental leave and redundancy pay. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, the ACAS web site provides a useful summary of all the latest changes...

Fit for Work service launches

The Fit For Work (FFW) service will be introduced on a phased basis and is due to be completed by May 2015. The service provides: free health and work advice through its website and telephone advice line to help with absence prevention; free referral for an...

Disability Discrimination: Reasonable Adjustments

A large number of disability cases concern employees on long-term sickness absence and the steps that employers should take to help them to return to work. An EAT case illustrates that, generally, for an employer's duty to make adjustments to be...

How Settlement Agreements Can Provide a Fresh Start in the New Year

December and January are often times when many of us turn our thoughts turn to fresh starts, resolutions and resolving issues which have troubled us during the year. This is especially the case when it comes to resolving long standing problems or grievances...

Labour announces plans to tackle "rogue" employment agencies

Ed Miliband MP recently announced that the Labour Party would make changes to the law on employment agencies, if it is elected. He believes that the number of "rogue" employment agencies has increased in recent years and that such agencies do not...

Overtime Should Count Towards Holiday Pay: Today's Ruling Could Affect Millions

Workers have today won a ground-breaking case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal to include overtime in holiday pay calculations. The ruling means some people working overtime could claim for additional holiday pay. Until now, only basic pay has counted when...

Liberal Democrats announce pay increase for apprentices

The Liberal Democrats made a number of announcements at their party conference in Glasgow, including an increase to the national minimum wage for apprentices. Business Secretary Vince Cable MP announced in his keynote speech that he would present a proposal...

Disability Discrimination: Businesses Take Note

Businesses should take note of an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision which suggests that a requirement to attend an interview has the potential to disadvantage a disabled employee. The decision also highlights how an employer can make reasonable...

Christian registrar wins appeal following refusal to marry same-sex couples

A former marriage registrar for Central Bedfordshire council has won her internal appeal against dismissal. Ms Jones was sacked because she would not marry same-sex couples, but the internal appeal hearing found that "her employer had failed to take a...

References and probationary periods in the Spotlight

Two recent surveys have highlighted the risk of candidates providing fake references and the fact that a large number of staff fail their probationary periods. This suggests that employers may need to review their procedures for checking references and for...

Confidentiality During Employment and after Termination

In what appears to be one of the few times that a judge has felt justified in allowing the inspection and imaging of employees' computers, the High Court has recently ordered that an employer may instruct an independent computer expert to inspect and...

Small Business need to take note of a recently published Pension Regulator Report

Although small businesses will not be subject to the pensions auto-enrolment requirements until June 2015 at the earliest, they should nevertheless take note of a recently published Pensions Regulator report. The report highlights key points for employers...

Changes to right to request flexible working

The Children and Families Act 2014 contains provisions to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees with at least 26 weeks' continuous service. These are due to come into force on 30 June 2014. The new duty will require employers to...