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The National Living Wage and 'on call' employees

Apr 20, 2016

How are the number of hours worked by ‘on call’ employees to be calculated in the context of the National Minimum Wage? A tribunal tackled that thorny issue in the case of a school security guard who was required to live on the premises and to respond to alarm calls day and night.

New Minimum Wage Rates and tougher enforcement

Dec 01, 2015

Employers are reminded that the following changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates came into effect on 1 October 2015:  The adult NMW rate increased from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour; The NMW rate for workers aged 18 to 20 increased from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour;

Shared parental leave – a reminder

Aug 14, 2015

Employers are reminded that new regulations came into force on 1 December 2014 that make changes to the way in which eligible parents will take leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The new rules apply to couples with babies due on or after 5 April 2015 or children matched or placed for adoption on or after that date.   Shared parental leave…

Equal Pay Audits

Jan 12, 2015

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay and conditions where they are in the same employment and are doing the same or similar work, work rated as equivalent or work of equal value. An employer only has a defence against a claim of sex discrimination with regard to pay where the difference…

LLP Members and Pensions

Jan 12, 2015

Following the decision of the Supreme Court that a member of a limited liability partnership (LLP) should be considered to be a 'worker' for employment law purposes, the Pensions Regulator has confirmed that LLP members can be eligible for pensions auto-enrolment.  If you require advice on the employment status…

Acas issues revised TUPE guidance

Sep 10, 2014

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has issued revised guidance for employers, entitled ‘Handling TUPE transfers’, on how to handle business transfers to which the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) apply. This takes into account changes to the legislation introduced by the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection…

Employee protection from the sun

Sep 10, 2014

In a case which demonstrates that there is a limit to the duties owed by employers under health and safety legislation, the Court of Appeal has rejected arguments that a local authority was obliged to provide sun cream and a hat for a gardener who worked outdoors (Earl v Middlesbrough Borough Council).  The gardener…

Employment law changes – April 2014

Jul 31, 2014

The following employment law measures came into force on 6 April 2014

Care home workers win Employment Tribunal claims

Jul 31, 2014

Two women who were employed by a care home have succeeded in their Employment Tribunal (ET) claims and been awarded compensation. Ms Tipple, who is a lesbian, had started working for Gainford Care Homes in September 2010. In May of the following year, she helped the managing director of the company, Imran Kaliq, to move some furniture. Shortly afterwards, one of the owners of the business…

Working without a Default Retirement Age

May 12, 2014

In our last issue we reported that the Default Retirement Age of 65 had been abolished. It remains a matter for each employer to decide if they fix a retirement age or just deal with each individual on his or her own merits. If your employer has a fixed retirement age and your employment is terminated just because you have reached it, you may have a claim for unfair…

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