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Post ‘BREXIT’: The Only Certainty is…Uncertainty?

July 12, 2016 | Residential Property, Commercial Property, Employment, Dispute Resolution, Business Services, Private Client, Family Services, Motoring and Road Transport, The Arts

Although there has been huge political fallout in the last fortnight as a result of the BREXIT vote, the long-term effect on British jobs, business and individuals is unclear. From an economic perspective, after an initial plummet from 6338 to under 6000, the stock market appears to have recovered to near pre-vote levels (FTSE 100(Read more)

New Minimum Wage Rates

May 13, 2016 | Employment, Business Services, Private Client

The Low Pay Commission’s recommendations for increasing the national minimum wage from next October have been approved.  The new rates will be as follows:   From 1 October 2016 Until 1 October 2016 Adult hourly rate (21-24 year olds) £6.95 £6.70 18-20 year olds £5.55 £5.30 16-17 year olds £4.00 £3.87 Apprentice Rate £3.40 £3.30(Read more)

Employment Law Changes – April 2016

May 04, 2016 | Employment

New National Living Wage The new National Living Wage was introduced on 1 April 2016, increasing to £7.20 an hour the minimum hourly rate of pay to which workers aged 25 and over are entitled. All employers are obliged to pay the National Living Wage, irrespective of their size. Employment Tribunal Compensation Limits Employment tribunal(Read more)

Regulation 34 National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015

April 27, 2016 | Employment

There seems to be a curious anomaly.  In general, travelling time for a home based field worker from their home to the first appointment will count as working time for the purpose of the Working Time Regulations. However, the same rule does not apply to the National Minimum Wage.  If a field worker’s normal working(Read more)

Sex Discrimination at Work

April 08, 2016 | Employment

ACAS has recently published a new guide to avoiding sex discrimination in the workplace: http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/d/2/Sex-discrimination-key-points-for-the-workplace.pdf The guide is there for employers and employees but, given the enormous potential financial and other costs incurred by employers when a claim is made, it should be essential reading for all managers.  (Read more)

Settlement Agreements (formerly known as Compromise Agreements)

April 01, 2016 | Employment

Where an employer has agreed to pay an employee a sum of money (possibly with other benefits) in settlement of an actual or prospective employment claim, the employer will usually require the employee to enter into a “Settlement Agreement”.  Normally this will be the case when employment comes to an end but there is nothing(Read more)

Supreme Court Holds Employer Liable for Employee’s Violent Assault on Customer

March 29, 2016 | Employment

In Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc [2016] UKSC 11 (“Mohamud”) the Supreme Court overturned a Court of Appeal decision in finding that an employer was liable for a vicious and unprovoked attack carried out by its employee. There is a general principle that employers may be liable for torts committed by an employee provided(Read more)

Avoiding Discrimination in Adverts

March 29, 2016 | Employment

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) has issued guidance on avoiding unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act) in advertisements for jobs, goods, services, facilities and accommodation. The Commission has stated that many people risk being denied access to jobs and services due to discriminatory and unlawful advertising. In the last(Read more)

Stress Related Illness

March 29, 2016 | Employment

When an employee goes off sick through stress, there can be different perceptions as to the causes.  Very often the employee will say that the stress was caused by wrongful treatment by the employer.  But also very often the employer will say that the stress is self-inflicted; that the stress would not have arisen had(Read more)

Employment Allowance

March 22, 2016 | Employment, Private Client

The Employment Allowance is increasing from 6 April 2016 from £2,000 to £3,000 for most employers.  One-man companies will not qualify for the Employment Allowance in 2016/17.  The extra £1,000 of allowance will be available to offset the additional employers NIC payable on the compulsory wage increases for workers entitled to the Living Wage.  However(Read more)