Archive: Nov 2014


  • Pre Claim Conciliation statistics

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    Acas Pre Claim Conciliation became mandatory in May 2014. From 6th April 2014 it was a voluntary process. Acas have published their statistics which show that between 6th April 2014 and 30 September 2014 they received 37,404 notifications from employees and employers. These numbers are extremely high compared to numbers of claims that actually reach […]


  • A perfume free workplace was not a reasonable adjustment

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    In a recent case, the EAT has agreed with the Employment Tribunal that it was not possible for an employer to make any reasonable adjustments in the case of a female employee who sometimes had a potentially life threatening reaction to aerosols and perfume. The employee worked in a control room answering 999 calls. The […]


  • Shared Parental Leave may prove popular

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    A recent survey by the law firm, Linklaters, indicates that take up for the new Shared Parental Leave (SPL) scheme, which comes into force on 1 December 2014, may be higher than anticipated. Nearly two thirds of men and women surveyed said they would be interested in SPL, considerably more than the Government’s estimate, which was […]


  • Holiday pay to include payments for non-guaranteed overtime

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    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently ruled that employers must include an amount for non-guaranteed overtime when calculating holiday pay entitlement. This ruling applies to those who can be required to work overtime but for whom overtime is not guaranteed. At present, most employers calculate holiday pay on basic salary only. Mr Justice Langstaff said that […]


  • Milliband attacks zero hours contracts

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    Zero hours contracts are making headlines once again after the Labour Leader, Ed Milliband, attacked the sports retailer, Sports Direct, in a speech in the West Midlands over the weekend.  Mr Milliband didn’t pull any punches, describing the retailer as a “terrible employer” for most of its 20,000 staff.  He said that the company has, […]


  • Vince Cable to set up a task force to assess impact of yesterday’s ruling

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    Business Secretary Vince Cable announced that he is setting up a task force to assess the possible impact of the ruling on holiday pay from the Employment Appeal Tribunal yesterday. The task force will provide a forum to discuss how the impact on business can be affected. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Government will review […]


  • EAT Rules that overtime should count when calculating holiday pay

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    Holiday Pay and Overtime Calculations Today, in a ground breaking case, the EAT has held that overtime should be included when calculating holiday pay. Currently holiday pay is calculated based on basic pay. This decision will have huge financial implications for UK businesses not only moving forward but in respect of claims for backdated pay. The timing of […]