Archive: Apr 2018


  • Disability Discrimination – when is cancer a disability?

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    Certain conditions are automatically deemed by the Equality Act 2010 to be disabilities.  These include cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis irrespective of whether they are symptomatic.  Workers who are disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act are, of course, protected from being unlawfully discriminated against in the course  of their employment and their employer […]


  • Minimum Wage Increase

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      From 1 April 2018 the following minimum wage rates apply:   25 years and above £7.83 (previously £7.50) 21-24 years £7.38 (previously £7.05) 18-20 years £5.90 (previously £5.60) Younger than 18 £4.20 (previously £4.05)


  • New employment tribunal statistics published

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      For the period October to December 2017, single employment tribunal claims increased by 90% following the abolition of tribunal fees. This has led to the tribunals becoming extremely busy so that new claims are currently taking many months before being listed for hearing.  Some cases which we issued earlier this year have been listed for […]


  • Taxation of Termination Payments

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    From 6 April 2018 new rules in relation to the taxation of termination payments come into force. Previously where a written contract of employment was silent as to notice pay,  an employer could make a notice payment gross and it fell within the £30,000 exemption from tax available on termination.  This would often be beneficial to both employer […]