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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.

Withdrawing job offers - what is the legal position?

Withdrawing job offers - what is the legal position?

28 September 2016 by Peter Stevens

If you make a job offer to someone, then, once it has been accepted (and once any conditions that the offer was subject to have been satisfied), there is a contract between you and the future employee, even if the offer has only been made verbally. Sometimes, particularly with more senior positions, the... read more »

Q&A: Responsibilities to pregnant employees

Q&A: Responsibilities to pregnant employees

30 September 2016 by Nicola Brown

Question: What responsibilities do we have to a pregnant employee? She tells us that she has been advised by her doctor that she should reduce her hours, as she has a high risk pregnancy. However, she says she cannot afford to lose pay. What obligations do employers have in this situation? Answer: This question... read more »

Reminder - National Minimum Wage increases on 1 October 2016

Reminder - National Minimum Wage increases on 1 October 2016

28 September 2016 by Anna Rabone

Just a reminder that there will be an increase to the hourly rates of National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2016 as follows: The rate for workers aged 21 to 24 will increase to £6.95 (currently £6.70). The development rate (workers aged 18 to 20) will increase to £5.55 (currently £5.30). The young workers rate (non-apprentices... read more »

Was HR wrong to influence investigation?

Was HR wrong to influence investigation?

25 August 2016 by Marianne Wright

Last September, we reported on the case of Ramphal v Department for Transport in which a manager who investigated and reported on allegations of misconduct against an employee revised his report several times, after involvement from HR. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that there had been an inference of improper influence and... read more »

Changes to the taxation of termination payments

Changes to the taxation of termination payments

23 August 2016 by Peter Stevens

In 2015 the Government announced a consultation on the future taxation of payments made to employees at the end of their employment, and we reported on this here in our bulletin in July 2015. That consultation has now been completed, and the Government has produced draft legislation which incorporates some, but... read more »

The vanishing dismissal

The vanishing dismissal

25 August 2016 by Anna Rabone

Where an employee is dismissed after a disciplinary procedure, they should have a right to appeal against that decision. This right to appeal is part of the ACAS Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance, and is also likely to be set out in an employer’s disciplinary procedure or policy. The... read more »

Gender pay reporting delayed

Gender pay reporting delayed

23 August 2016 by Nicola Brown

Although employers have known for some time about the forthcoming requirement for employers with 250 or more employees to publish gender pay information, we have been waiting for confirmation of when the new rules would come into effect. Our previous article on gender pay reporting can be found here. It had previously been... read more »

Only genuine job applicants can claim discrimination

Only genuine job applicants can claim discrimination

25 August 2016 by Nicola Brown

Not so long ago, there were quite a few stories about people who regularly brought discrimination claims against unwary employers. Often this was because of some form of discrimination in recruitment – for example, we dealt with one where a job applicant brought an age discrimination claim on the basis of an advert... read more »

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