• Veganism and Discrimination

    Veganism and Discrimination – the Employment Tribunal is to be asked if Veganism is a Protected Characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. Currently we have 9 protected characteristics, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, sex and religion or belief. It is the last one of these – religion and […]

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  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination in the workplace Hardly a day goes by without us hearing about another incident of sexual harassment and sex discrimination in the workplace. Some of these are historic incidents that only come to light when a celebrity is accused, but each week, almost without fail, we will be contacted because […]

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  • Changes coming for the Law on Tips?

    The Law on Tips Can we expect legislation for how restaurant’s deal with tips left for waiting staff? Teresa May has told conference that there will be a change in the law on tipping in restaurants – Jeremy Corbyn says it was his idea, so finally something that both main parties agree on. There has […]

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  • Employment Status

    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 […]

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  • GDPR

    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 […]

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  • Taxation of Notice Pay after 6th April 2018

    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 […]

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  • Annual Increase in Employment Tribunal Awards 2018

    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

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  • National Minimum Wage Increase

    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)

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  • Employment Tribunal and Acas Statistics published

    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% […]

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  • National Living & National Minimum Wage

    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 […]

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