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2 Oct 2017

What do employers need to pay for shared parental leave?

I’m sorry to say that this report is not going to be overly helpful, which I know is a strange way to start an employment update.  But the intention is to give employers the heads up with the not so uncommon message of “watch this space”.  Sorry about that. An employment tribunal judge recently decided […]

22 Aug 2017

We’re all going on a summer holiday… but what holiday pay should you pay your workers?

The sun may well be shining, but are you doing the right thing by your employees when it comes to holiday pay?  And what about your workers – are they covered? Recent research by Middlesex University has uncovered that 1 in 20 workers do not get statutory holiday pay. Whilst the research focused more so […]

28 Jul 2017

The Taylor review – What does it mean for employers?

The ‘gig’ economy is a phrase that has been increasingly used over the past few years, being characterised by the use of short-term contracts and freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs. This has given employers a great deal of flexibility, but on the other hand leaves employees with little workplace protection. Over the past […]

30 Jun 2017

Whistleblowing in the workplace

The law protects whistle blowers whose employer dismisses them or subjects them to any disadvantage because they have made a protected disclosure. Whistleblowing is effectively reporting any wrongdoing at work that amounts to a breach of a legal obligation. Recently, a junior doctor won a landmark legal victory when it was held that he could […]

30 May 2017

Paid to sleep? The NMW and being ‘on-call’

Currently, any time an employee spends at their place of work ‘on-call’ counts as work. If you you’re not required to stay within a certain place decided by your employer then your time on call doesn’t count as working time until you start work. However, there seems to be a new nightmare for employers after […]

25 May 2017

It’s Election time (again….) so what might that mean for employers?

Everyone’s fed up of hearing about it, but as the General Election races closer, it’s fair to say whoever wins is going to impact massively on our employment laws. The leading parties have published their manifestos, each making commitments that may or may not be effective. There’s no big surprises for employers in the Tory […]

5 Apr 2017

“Wait a little longer for me to recover”

We are often asked how long an employer should await before moving to dismiss a long term sick employee, particularly given the likely exposure to a claim for disability discrimination. The recent case of O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy highlights how tricky this can be. Ms O’Brien, a teacher at the academy, had been […]

4 Apr 2017

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – The Time is Now!

After much discussion, consultation and a good few email alerts from us, the snapshot date for gender pay gap reporting has arrived! If you are ready to capture your organisation’s data and have a solution in place to work out all of the percentages you need to report on, great – you can pat yourself […]

3 Apr 2017

Are ‘Workers’ about to be no more?

According to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee, the distinction between ‘employee’ and ‘worker’ should be abolished. This comes to light after the spotlight is firmly shining on the protections agency workers and those in the gig economy. According to the inquiry there is currently a three-tier structure of employment relationships. ‘Employees’ are […]

24 Mar 2017

Are mothers AND fathers being punished at work?

A recent report has found that many fathers do not feel that their childcare needs are being supported in the workplace. The report found that fathers are more likely to face objections when seeking an improved work-life balance, for example when requesting flexible working, while mothers are more likely to be praised for their dedication to […]