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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, Wills and Probate

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)

Employers - Beware of Providing Verbal References!

February 17, 2016 | Employment

In Pnaiser v NHS England and Coventry City Council (UKEAT/0137/15) the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the effect of a negative verbal reference. In Pnaiser the Claimant, who was disabled for the purpose of the Equality Act 2010, was made redundant from Coventry City Council and was provided with an agreed written reference as part(Read more)

Termination Payments

January 29, 2016 | Employment

For many years now payments made to a former employee by way of compensation for loss of employment are treated as being not taxable provided they do not exceed £30,000 (Section 401 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003). If payment exceeds £30,000 in total, the excess will be taxed as income. But(Read more)