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Recent Changes to Employment Law from April 2015

Recent Changes   There have been a number of changes affecting employers – and some still to come.   Shared Parental Leave This came into effect from 1 December last year & allows parents to choose how they share childcare in the first year, although the mother must still take at least the first two [...]

April 24th, 2015|24/04 - April 2015, News Articles|

Internal Promotion – a little more about the Hazards

In last month’s newsletter I mentioned the advantages of making an internal promotion on a “trial basis”. Doing this has the advantage that if the person who has been promoted does not like the new role or is not up to the job, there is a way back for both the employer and employee without [...]

April 24th, 2015|24/04 - April 2015, News Articles|

Changing Contracts of Employment

Do you know where to begin if you want to change one or more terms of your employees’ contracts? Some changes can be made without the need to obtain agreement, e.g. a pay increase, whilst those that are not beneficial require you to follow a particular process. Changes that an employer might wish to make [...]

March 24th, 2015|24/03 - March 2015 Newsletter, News Articles|

Bullying – what it is and how you should deal with it.

Whilst there is no statutory definition of bullying, there is a very useful one in the ACAS leaflet “Bullying and harassment at work.” I will repeat it here almost in full because it is very often difficult to tell when someone’s behaviour crosses that line between unpleasant and unacceptable. So here it is: “Offensive, intimidating, [...]

February 18th, 2015|19/02 - February 2015 Newsletter, Uncategorised|

Employment Appeal Tribunal’s Decision on Calculation of Holiday Pay

Employment Appeal Tribunal Holiday Pay Decision announced Tuesday, 3rd November 2014 The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has today given its judgement in Bear Scotland v Fulton which concerns the basis on which holiday pay is calculated. The main points are: workers are entitled to holiday pay which reflects their normal non-guaranteed overtime as well as [...]

November 5th, 2014|04/11 - November 2014 Newsletter, News Articles|

Holiday pay – effective from 30th June

Holiday Pay - effective from 30th June In June we mentioned that all employees with 26 weeks service are able to apply for flexible working. Now we add the bare bones to enable you to deal with applications correctly. Firstly, applications must be made in writing and include the following information: the date the change [...]

August 26th, 2014|26/08 - August 2014 Newsletter, News Articles|

10 Most Common Employment Tribunal Mistakes

In unfair dismissal claims employment tribunals take the “ACAS code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures” into account where relevant and may increase an award of compensation by up to 25% for an employer’s unreasonable failure to follow it. But where do employers commonly go wrong? 1. Not warning the employee at the outset of [...]

August 13th, 2014|News Articles|

Flexible working

Effective from 30th June As from 30th June any employee who has been employed for 26 weeks will be able to make a request for flexible working. An employee may make one written request every year and the request must be dealt with by the employer within three months. Requests can be rejected on any [...]

June 19th, 2014|19/06 - June 2014 Newsletter, News Articles|

Calculation of holiday pay

In a decision last month the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that holiday pay should be calculated on overall earnings, including commission, and not just on basic pay. However, the decision went a step further in deciding that the calculation (of holiday pay) should include an element to cover commission "lost" whilst taking holiday. [...]

June 18th, 2014|18/06 - June 2014 Newsletter, News Articles|

Early conciliation

Key points 1. early conciliation through ACAS will be a pre-requirement for all tribunal claims after 6th May 2014. 2. this provides for one month of early conciliation, which may be extended by 14 days by agreement. 3. the clock (for submitting a tribunal claim) normally within three months, is stopped when the notification form [...]

April 7th, 2014|07/04 - April 2014 Newsletter, News Articles|