Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We update you on significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. Our database of articles is fully searchable and covers nearly every employment law topic you can think of! Please use the search function (at the top right of the page) to find articles on the topics that interest you.
We previously wrote about surrogacy and maternity rights in an article in 2012, which can be found here. As set out in our previous article, the law does not currently provide for any maternity leave or pay unless the employee is the baby’s birth mother. Two cases (CD v ST , and Z v... read more »
Employers bringing in external consultants to deal with disciplinary matters – is this a match made in heaven or hell?
Sometimes employers, particularly small organisations, decide to bring in external HR consultants to deal with certain employment matters, such as disciplinary or grievance issues. This might be to assist them in showing that there is impartiality in any decision made, particularly if the issue intrinsically involves senior individuals in the organisation, or if there... read more »
As we reported in last month’s ebulletin, instead of increasing with effect from 1 February as they have done in previous years, Tribunal rates and limits are now to be reviewed with effect from 6 April each year. On 26 February the Government announced this year’s rates which will apply where the effective date... read more »
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently had to consider an interesting question: was an employee entitled to be paid for hours he had earned under a flexi-hours scheme when his employment came to an end? In the majority of flexi-hours or time off in lieu (TOIL) schemes, the scheme itself deals with the question... read more »
In the recent case of Makanjuola v Waltham Forest Council , an Employment Tribunal has made a record award of costs against a Claimant – in the sum of £117,000. In the Employment Tribunal it has always been the case that costs do not follow the event and generally each party bears their own costs.... read more »
Currently employers are able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (“SSP”) from HMRC, where the total SSP paid in a month exceeds 13% of their Class 1 National Insurance Contributions for that month. This has been called the ‘Percentage Threshold Scheme’. However, as part of the Government’s review of health at work, it seems that... read more »
The Government has announced that changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will come into effect on 10 March 2014. The changes (contained in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment Act 2012) will reduce the period during which certain convictions need to be disclosed to potential employers. The law states that, subject to... read more »
Many employers have policies and prohibitions on smoking in the workplace. In most cases this is based on legal requirements. Many employers also offer support for employees to kick the smoking habit. There are a vast range of methods to help individuals, and the rise of the use of the e-cigarette won’t have... read more »