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Monday, 31 July 2017 10:04

Abolition of Tribunal Fees

Since 2013, employees have had to pay a fee of up to £1,200 to take their employer to a tribunal.  This led to a drop of around 70% in the number of claims, enabling some employers to take a robust approach to employee relations because of the heavily reduced risk of a claim.
Summer has now arrived universities are out and schools are about to break up. Young people are looking for jobs or even work experience as interns to get a foot on the employment ladder.
Monday, 24 April 2017 12:26

Update on Equal Opportunities and More

Equal opportunities and more – there’s probably never been a month like it for employers. Although April has always denoted the implementation date for new legislative changes in the UK, 2017 sees a record-breaking array of far-reaching initiatives.
The Court of Appeal on March 1st  refused British Gas permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in the holiday pay case of British Gas v Mr Lock. "The Working Time Regulations  are properly to be read purposively to give effect to the CJEU ruling in Lock which means holiday pay must take into account overtime and commission earnings."
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:24

Employees – they aren’t really are they?

Recently two cases occurred where “employees” have sought clarification from employment tribunals of their actual status. In both cases, based on the facts not the paperwork, the tribunals have found the claimants were workers not subcontractors.
Monday, 16 January 2017 11:02

I Can't Come In - There Are No Trains?

Is this holiday entitlement? What should employers do if their employees can’t get into work because of transport disruptions?
As you are employers, with the Christmas season now upon us I thought it would be a good time to reissue the normal precautionary advice to you.
Now for Christmas presents for suppliers. Where’s last year’s list?
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 09:28

HMRC Vows To Crack Down On Use Of Freelance Jobs

In relation to staff used for freelance jobs, a specialist HMRC team will target employers suspected of avoiding national insurance.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:24

Help! My Employee Has A Critical Illness?

It is estimated that by 2020 almost one in two people (47%) will get cancer, which in a lot of cases is a critical illness, at some point in their lives. Some employers may be ill equipped to deal with staff who have such a condition and are unfamiliar with the law.
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