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Category Archives: Employment

Anna Bunting – partner in our Employment team – provides an overview of ACAS’s new guidance on conducting workplace investigations.

Most employers are aware that disciplinary action requires a form of procedure to be followed.  Conversely, the need for a proper investigation is often overlooked.  Many employees will jump straight into arranging a disciplinary before giving the matter full consideration.  …

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Shiva Shadi – head of Employment – discusses Childcare Vouchers and Maternity Leave

Employees are able to utilise a proportion of their salary for vouchers to pay for childcare before the usual tax and NI contributions are deducted.  As a result, employees are able to save on their annual childcare costs until their …

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Anna Bunting – partner in our Employment team – discusses Zero Hours Contracts: Where Are We Now?

A ‘Zero hours contract’ is an agreement between an employer and an individual with no guarantee of work. These agreements are used widely by employers in certain sectors, such as hospitality, where staffing needs can be unpredictable. Politicians have expressed …

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Anna Bunting – Partner in the Employment team – discusses the recent successful discrimination case brought against Starbucks by a Dyslexic employee.

A dyslexic employee who works for Starbucks was found by an Employment Tribunal to have been subjected to disability discrimination. She was wrongly accused of falsifying documents when she had in fact simply misread the numbers that she was recording. …

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Employment Law Newsletter – February 2016

Welcome to our February 2016 Employment Law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent case law developments. DEVELOPMENTS IN LEGISLATION Zero Hour Contracts As we reported last month, the exclusivity terms …

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Damages for Injury to Feelings

Are damages for injury for feelings taxable?  The Claimant in Moorthy –v- The Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs pursued a claim of unfair dismissal and age discrimination relating to his dismissal.  By way of settlement he received £200,000 …

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Personal Emails

The question of respect for private life and correspondence arose in the case of Barbeulescu –v- Romania in the European Court of Human Rights. The Claimant was an engineer who had used his business email account to send and receive …

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Introduction of Penalty Notices for Unpaid Awards on Settlements

A response in Hansard suggests that the Government intends to bring the new “unpaid award penalties” into force as of April 2016.  The comment in Hansard states that the Government will issue a “warning notice” where an award or settlement …

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National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2006 come into force on 1st April 2016.  The new minimum wage from 1st April 2016 will be:- Age 25 plus – £7.20 per hour Age 21 – 25 – £6.70 per hour Age …

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Zero Hour Contracts

As we reported last month, the exclusivity terms in Zero Hour Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 came into force as of 11th January 2016.  The Regulations provide that: – Any dismissal of a zero hour contract employee would be automatically unfair …

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