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5 Oct 2016

Are Employers Paying Up?

All employers are required to pay the National living wage (NLW) of £7.20 to anyone over the age of 25, unless they are in the first year of their apprenticeship. This week, it has been revealed that just three employers have been prosecuted for paying workers below the minimum wage, despite HMRC naming and shaming […]

14 Jul 2016

Five Things I Have Learned as an In-house Lawyer…

Almost nine years ago, I was sent on a six-week secondment from the City office of a leading national law firm, to the employment, pensions and benefits legal team at Barclays Bank plc. I had never considered a career as an in-house lawyer and my overwhelming feeling at this point, six weeks before my wedding, […]

30 Jun 2016

What do Coca Cola, Barclays Bank and MPM have in common? Answer: Sarah Wilder.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Wilder to our team here at MPM Legal as of July 4th 2016. With a highly impressive resume, Sarah’s experience will enhance the range of services we can offer our clients. Sarah joins us from Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), where she was the lead UK employment lawyer.  […]

23 Jun 2016

4 things your employees NEED to know about personal emails at work

1) Employees should avoid using work email for communications on personal issues unless they are happy for their employer to read them. 2) Anything sent via work email might not remain private in the long run. 3) Employees should act as professionally on work email as they would in a face to face workplace meeting. 4) […]

24 May 2016

What to do if a reference for a prospective employee shows long-term absence

In a recent Employment Tribunal (West v Yorkshire Ambulance Services NHS Trust) the claimant was successful in a claim for discrimination on the basis of disability when the prospective employer withdrew a job offer having discovered details of the claimant’s record of long-term absences. Mrs West was offered a conditional job offer but when the […]

19 May 2016

Are retirement ages in PHI schemes age discriminatory?

Permanent health insurance benefits are valuable benefits – both to an employee and to an employer. However, they also bring with them some real difficulties, one of which is related to age discrimination when it comes to stopping payments. Back in 2012 the ET considered whether an employer could stop making payments under a PHI […]

16 May 2016

When HR policy becomes PR disaster – heels cause a kerfuffle!

Sometimes HR policies need to be viewed not only from a legal perspective or in the light of potential employment tribunals, but more importantly in terms of the potential PR disasters that can ensue. One such case was the widely reported story of temporary receptionist who was asked to wear high heels in place of […]

26 Apr 2016

Handling sensitive issues: disciplinary action over religious conversations in the workplace

A Christian NHS worker who was disciplined following a complaint from a colleague about a series of conversations of a religious nature lost her appeal against the NHS in the EAT. At first glance it may seem a little harsh that the case even went to the EAT, however, further reading of the case reveals […]

22 Apr 2016

Funding retirement and the new requirements on businesses to provide retirement risk warnings

Since introducing increased pension flexibilities in 2015, including the ability to draw down large sums from their pension pots the Government has become concerned that pension savers might make poorly informed decisions about how to manage their pension, leading to an increased burden on the state following these changes. Therefore, from 6 April 2016 the […]

15 Apr 2016

Does the presence of age-related pension benefits mean you can treat over 50s differently?

The recent EAT case, Donkor v Royal Bank of Scotland considered whether an employee over 50, who stood to gain from early retirement benefits that were only available to over 50s, could not compare his treatment in relation to redundancy to that of an employee under 50. In the Donkor case, during a restructure in […]