• 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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  • Do employers have to pay staff to sleep in?

    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, […]

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  • Sexual Harassment

    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 […]

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  • Parental Bereavement

    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 […]

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  • Dogs and Sick Leave

    Leah & Evie Dogs and Sick Leave Okay, so this may be seen as an excuse to put a picture of my dog Leah (the blond one) and her friend Evie into a blog, but the latest news from the Italian courts is that dogs are part of the family. Most of us that are […]

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  • Age Discrimination

    Age Discrimination Case Here we have yet another case where a director chose his words badly in what will, no doubt, be a costly exercise for Henworth Ltd t/a Winkworth Estate Agents. Ms Gomes was just under 60 years old and happily working at the estate agents as an administrator. The agency was obviously trying […]

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  • Expensive Sexist Comment

    The Court of Appeal confirms compensation of over £360,000 to a former secretary at BAE Systems BEA Systems (Operations) Ltd v Marion Konczak at the Court of Appeal – click here for the judgment Does anyone remember the original case, back in 2008? Probably not, because at the original tribunal Ms Konczak, a secretary at […]

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  • Employment Tribunal Fees Quashed

    Employment Tribunal Fees Quashed by Supreme Court In today’s ruling the Supreme Court has said that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful. The Trade Union (UNISON) had sought a judicial review and a quashing order and they got what they asked for. The Supreme Court has held that the fees breach EU principles as well as […]

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