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Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We can advise you of significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. As always, we will be focused on how the law will affect your workplace in practice, so that you can be best equipped to deal with any changes.

National Minimum Wage rates from October 2016

National Minimum Wage rates from October 2016

28 April 2016 by Anna Rabone

The usual annual National Minimum Wage increases have now been announced. The following hourly rates of National Minimum Wage will apply from 1 October 2016: The rate for workers aged 21 to 24: £6.95 (currently £6.70). The development rate (workers aged 18 to 20): £5.55 (currently £5.30). The young workers rate (non-apprentices aged under 18 but... read more »

The danger of nicknames – employee called “Gramps” wins age discrimination claim

The danger of nicknames – employee called “Gramps” wins age discrimination claim

22 March 2016 by Anna Rabone

Banter and nicknames are often considered part of good team relationships at work. However, sometimes it can overstep the line, and employers must be alert to the possibility of potential discrimination claims. In the Employment Tribunal case of Dove v Brown & Newirth Ltd (2015), an employee brought claims for unfair dismissal and age... read more »

Q & A – National Living Wage – tricky issues

Q & A – National Living Wage – tricky issues

22 March 2016 by Nicola Brown

As you are probably already aware from our previous articles, the National Living Wage (NLW) takes effect from 1 April 2016. Its name is slightly confusing, as it has nothing to do with the Living Wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation. Effectively the NLW is really just a top... read more »

Two recent Supreme Court cases consider vicarious liability

Two recent Supreme Court cases consider vicarious liability

22 March 2016 by Marianne Wright

Vicarious liability is where an employer can be held responsible for the actions of an employee - but what if the actions of the employee have little or nothing to do with what they are employed to do? Should the employer be held liable and can an employer or other organisation be held... read more »

Childcare vouchers during maternity leave – should they continue to be paid?

Childcare vouchers during maternity leave – should they continue to be paid?

22 March 2016 by Nicola Brown

According to Government estimates, approximately 500,000 people nationally participate in a childcare voucher salary sacrifice scheme. These schemes enable employees to save tax and National Insurance on up to £243 per month, and the money goes into a special account which can only be spent on registered childcare. However, there has always been... read more »

Employment Tribunal limits increase

Employment Tribunal limits increase

22 March 2016 by Nicola Brown

The usual annual increases in compensation payment limits in the Employment Tribunals have been published. They are as follows: A week's pay (used to calculate statutory redundancy payments and the basic award in unfair dismissal cases) will increase to £479 (currently £475). The maximum compensatory award that can be awarded in unfair dismissal cases will increase... read more »

Care Showcase 2016 - Employment Law Essentials for Social Care

10 March 2016 by Nicola Brown

I gave a presentation at the Care Showcase yesterday in Brighton which was very well attended and as many people have asked for a copy of the slides to be made available, I thought it made sense to do so here. If you have any queries about the contents of the presentation, please do... read more »

What would ‘Brexit’ mean for UK employment law?

What would ‘Brexit’ mean for UK employment law?

29 February 2016 by Nicola Brown

Following the recent announcement made by David Cameron that agreement had been reached on the EU reforms he was seeking, he confirmed (as many had already suspected) that the UK referendum on EU membership will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016. No doubt we will all hear a great deal in the coming months... read more »

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