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Published: 28th April 2017

Author: Sadia Begum In light of the upcoming general election on 8 June 2017, parliament will be dissolving on 3 May 2017, after which no further legislation will be passed until after the election. Whilst essential government business will continue to be carried on during the 6 weeks of ‘purdah’ prior to the election, it […]

Published: 28th March 2017

Author: Sadia Begum 1 April 2017 National living wage for workers aged 25 and over will increase by 30p to £7.50 an hour. Institute of Apprenticeships will be established and it will be an offence to use the word ‘apprenticeship’ unless it describes statutory apprenticeships. Public sector gender pay gap reporting requirements are to be […]

Published: 24th March 2017

Author: Fudia Smartt Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put “eligible jobholders” into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called “automatic enrolment”. This was introduced on 1 October 2012 and is being phased in over a six year period. Consequently, by 2018 all employers will be required […]

Published: 24th March 2017

Author: Fudia Smartt IR35 and Public Sector contractors:  IR35 is a rule to stop the avoidance of tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) via the use of intermediaries (usually personal service companies).  Under the existing regime, it is for the worker’s intermediary (e.g. their personal service company) to determine whether the rules apply to them […]

Published: 24th March 2017

Author: Fudia Smartt The terms “agile working” and “flexible working” are often used interchangeably. However, according to the Financial Times, they do in fact have different meanings. Flexible working usually refers to working arrangements individuals have negotiated with their employers. For many, flexible working is viewed as being of more benefit to the employee than […]

Published: 22nd February 2017

Author: Sadia Begum The new online database for Employment Tribunal judgments is now live. This service will cover new judgments in England, Wales and Scotland. It is unclear whether all past decisions will be uploaded as well, however some decisions from 2015/2016 have been published. The database allows for searches to be made against individuals and […]

Published: 21st February 2017

Author: Sadia Begum The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”) are due to come into force by April 2017. This will apply to certain large private and voluntary sector employers. Those affected must publish a report which shows: Overall gender pay gap figures for relevant employees, calculating both mean and median […]

Published: 15th February 2017

Author: Jane Wheeler The Court of Appeal has delivered its judgment in Pimlico Plumbers Limited -v- Gary Smith.  This was another case looking at whether an individual was self-employed or a “worker”. The facts Gary Smith was a plumber with Pimlico Plumbers.  He claimed that he had been unfairly and wrongfully dismissed.  His contract terms provided […]

Published: 20th January 2017

Author: Jane Wheeler The trend for individuals contesting their employment status continues this month with a cycle courier for CitySprint winning her employment tribunal claim. What was the issue at stake? CitySprint treats its couriers as self-employed contractors. The courier, Ms Dewhurst, argued that she was a worker. A self-employed contractor runs his or her […]

Published: 20th January 2017

Author: Fudia Smartt Period Leave:  According to a YouGov survey, 52% of the women have had their ability to work affected by period pains, yet only 27% of women told their employer that their period pain was responsible.   In some countries such as Japan and Taiwan, menstrual leave has been in place for several years, […]

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