• Suspended from work – is it fair?

    Have you been suspended from work, perhaps that was not the right or fair course of action? Suspension letters always say that the suspension is a neutral act, which does not indicate the guilt or innocence of the suspended employee. However, it is easy to see why someone might feel aggrieved at being suspended and […]

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  • Payslips

    Payslips An important change for April 2019 is that your employers need to provide you with a payslip whether you are an employee or a worker and those payslips need to provide more information. All staff are entitled to a payslip for each pay period and if you are hourly paid that slip must now […]

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  • National Living Wage

    The National Living Wage increased by 4.9% in April 2019 – All employers must pay at least the National Living Wage to all employees or workers who are 25 years old or over. There are separate rates (National Minimum Wage) for younger employees or workers. The current National Living Wage is set at £7.83 per […]

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  • Disability Discrimination – when is cancer a disability?

    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 […]

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  • Minimum Wage Increase

      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)

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  • New employment tribunal statistics published

      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 […]

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  • Taxation of Termination Payments

    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 […]

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  • Employment Tribunal Fees Quashed

    All Employment Tribunal Fees Quashed In a landmark case at the Supreme Court all tribunal fees have been quashed, so if you have a claim against your employer or ex-employer it will no longer cost you up to £1,200 to have your case heard. Since 2013 it has cost £250 to issue a claim in […]

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  • Claims for disability discrimination by cancer sufferer rejected

      In the case of Charlesworth v Dransfields Engineering Services Limited the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that the Employment Tribunal was entitled to find that an employee’s absence for cancer treatment was not the reason for his dismissal even though his two month absence from work led his employer to identify that they could do […]

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  • Dress codes and discrimination

    Workplace dress codes have hit the headlines recently with one employer reportedly sending a female employee home after she refused to wear high heels, JP Morgan Chase introducing a new, relaxed dress code and  the Advocate General considering whether a Belgian company’s dress code banning the wearing of a Muslim headscarf while on duty amounted […]

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