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Are You Carrying Out the Correct Employee Checks?

August 18, 2016 | Employment

From 12 July 2016, new regulations (The Immigration Act 2016 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2016), which were made on 23 May 2016, brought in provisions relating to illegal working and earnings of illegal workers. A new post was created, the Director of Labour Market Enforcement. The holder of this post will be tasked with overseeing(Read more)

Health and Safety – The Fines That Employers Can Face

August 04, 2016 | Employment

A synopsis of several recent Crown Court cases has been published by the on-line resource, Practical Law.  The round-up below illustrates the potential consequences for businesses of breaching health and safety legislation: 1) An employee at a fish processing company suffered fatal injuries when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him while(Read more)

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

July 12, 2016 | Residential Property, Commercial Property, Employment, Dispute Resolution, Business Services, Wills and Probate, 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, Wills and Probate

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: 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)