Employment Law in the News

Increase in compensation payments

Article written on March 9, 2016

BIS has made The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2016, containing the annual increases in compensation payments, before Parliament. It applies to dismissals (or detriments, etc) occurring on or after 6 April 2016. The main changes are:-a week’s pay – £479 (currently £475) maximum compensatory award – £78,962 (currently £78,335) Read More →

Grandparents eligible for shared parental leave and Pay in 2018

Article written on October 6, 2015

On 5 October 2015 it was announced that the government intends to extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents. The government hopes that the planned change will increase flexibility and choice in parental leave arrangements and support working parents with the costs of childcare during the first year of a child’s life. The government intends to consult on the issue in the first half of next year, with the legislation expected to come into force sometime in 2018. Research by the... [Read more]

Keep Your Business Weatherproof with an Adverse Weather Policy

Article written on February 3, 2015

Disruption caused by adverse weather conditions can be difficult for employees and employers alike. Employers have to grapple with getting business done with a limited workforce whilst employees face the uncertainty of whether they will be paid if they have to stay at home because of school closures or just aren’t able to get into work. Employees should ensure that they have back up plans for childcare and travel if they are reliant on public transport but in emergency situations an employee is... [Read more]

Upcoming changes to Employment Law 2014-2015

Article written on December 8, 2014

With a raft of changes to employment law coming up, here’s a review of the important dates to be aware of. Any other dates will be added to this calendar as the year progresses1st December 2014Shared Parental Leave For parents of children born or matched for adoption on or after 5 April 2015 Under this new system parents will be able to choose how they share the care of their child during the first year after birth. Mothers will still take at least the initial two week following the... [Read more]

Higher cost of holiday pay for employers

Article written on November 6, 2014

Non-guaranteed overtime must be included in the calculation of holiday pay. An Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment has potentially major implications for employers in respect of both employees and workers by clarifying that:the Working Time Directive (WTD) requires non-guaranteed overtime, ie overtime that the employer is not obliged to provide but which, if the employer offers it, the employee is contractually obliged to perform, to be included in the calculation of holiday pay the Working Time... [Read more]

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