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  • Employment Status

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    Employment Status – the journey continues. Addison Lee v Gascooigne In the latest case on Employment Status the Employment Appeal tribunal has backed up the first tier tribunal in their assertion that Addison Lee cycle couriers are Workers within the meaning of Regulation 2 of the Working Time Regs. This means that the couriers are […]


  • GDPR

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    General Data Protection Regulations – GDPR The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are the biggest upset to data protection since the Data Protection Act of 1998. One of the important things to note is that the sanctions for non-compliance have increased from the current maximum level of £500,000, which most people or businesses would think […]


  • Taxation of Notice Pay after 6th April 2018

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    From 6th April 2018, new rules on the taxation of termination payments come into force pursuant to changes to the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act ITEPA 2003. All payments in lieu of notice (PILONS) will be both taxable and subject to Class 1 NICs. Current position Currently, if there is no provision in an employment contract […]


  • Annual Increase in Employment Tribunal Awards 2018

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    From 6th April 2018 the key increases in employment tribunal awards are: Maximum week’s pay for redundancy payments and the unfair dismissal basic award increase to £508 per week from £489 Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases to £83,682 from £80,541


  • National Minimum Wage Increase

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    With effect from 1 April 2018, National Minimum and Living Wages are increased as follows: 25 years of age and above – £7.83 an hour (previously £7.50) 21-24    £7.38 (previously £7.05) 18-20 – £5.90 (previously £5.60) younger than 18 – £4.20 (previously £4.05)


  • Employment Tribunal and Acas Statistics published

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    90% increase in single employment tribunal claims submitted The Ministry of Justice has published employment tribunal statistics for the period from October to December 2017. This period follows the abolition of employment tribunal fees which were held to be unlawful in July last year.  The figures show that single employment tribunal claims have increased by a dramatic 90% […]


  • National Living & National Minimum Wage

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    Changes to the National Living & National Minimum Wage The new rates for the National Living & National Minimum Wage were set out in the Autumn budget and follow the recommendations of the Low Pay commission. Therefore, from April 2018 the new rates will be as follows; Apprentices will get £3.70 per hour 16 -17 […]


  • Do employers have to pay staff to sleep in?

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    The case of Focus Care Agency Limited v Roberts and other cases 2017 considered three appeals involving workers carrying out sleep- in shifts where they were required to carry out duties if necessary. The crux of the issue in the three appeals was whether the employees who slept in so that they could perform duties, […]


  • Sexual Harassment

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    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace The TV and newspapers are absolutely full of sexual harassment claims from both men and women, but do we know when workplace banter becomes harassment or when it is okay to touch a colleague? The definition of sexual harassment, as far as the workplace is concerned, is found in the […]


  • Parental Bereavement

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    Parental Bereavement A new Bill has been placed before parliament, that will mean employers must pay for two weeks of bereavement leave if a child of the family dies. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2017 will provide that employees who have a child (under 18) that passes away will be entitled to two […]