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Archives: May 2014

Fire at will – two years on from the Beecroft Report

Employer groups and trade unions agree that employment law and the tribunal system isn’t working.  Trade unions maintain that the introduction of tribunal fees and compulsory pre-claim conciliation has created a significant barrier to justice for many employees.  Even the CBI recognises that it is possible for unscrupulous employers to “game the system” in order to get away with poor …

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LLP Member’s are ‘workers’ shock!

If you are an LLP Member the chances are you have more rights than you did when you signed up to that LLP Deed. Hot on the heels of HMRC’s recent change in the tax treatment of LLP Members, the Supreme Court have set the worker cat amongst the self employed pigeons!

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Breaking news: Holiday pay should include commission

There is a new kid in town when it comes to the elusive question of holiday pay and it now looks like he is here to stay… Following a string of judgments at Employment Tribunal level which bring into question the way holiday pay is calculated in the UK, we have been waiting with trepidation for some higher authorities to …

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Long, hot and unpaid summer?

Unpaid internships are back in the news just as we are coming up to the end of the academic year. Tens of thousands of students at all levels will be looking for their first permanent job having completed their courses or will be seeking work experience to bolster their CVs.

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Swiss clock-on to wage debate as UK marks time

The concept of the minimum wage is certainly attracting a great deal of media attention. Over the last week we have seen comments on developments not only in the UK regarding this subject but also in Switzerland.

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In the back of the net! Beat the World Cup hangover

Summer 2014 is fast approaching and, for many, this means one thing: World Cup fever! Like or loathe football, Brazil 2014 is set to take centre stage between 12th June and 13th July, and with the celebrations in Brazil come the inevitable ‘World Cup hangovers’ on this side of the Atlantic.

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Here comes the sun…

Summer has arrived and everyone’s thoughts are turning to their holidays. One issue for employers is what happens if an employee falls ill before or while on holiday? The first thing to bear in mind is that there are 3 categories of holiday and these are subject to different rules:

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Sleeping on the job?

The national minimum wage was introduced in 1998. It was welcomed by some and despised by others.Whatever you thought of the labour manifesto back in 1997, the national minimum wage is here to stay, with the fifteen year anniversary of its implementation passing us by just last month.

Failure to pay the national minimum wage has severe consequences for employers who could face being ‘named and shamed’ by BIS in addition to dealing with claims from the underpaid employees.

Some employers have been hit with these sanctions in situations where the employee could only loosely be described as ‘working’ in the literal sense of the word, as was examined in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) last week.

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The scales of justice: Business needs outweigh personal privacy

A business’ customer database can be of such great importance that it effectively is the business. But how can a business protect such a vital asset, particularly in circumstances where technological advances make it increasingly possible for others to tap into a business’ resources?

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ACAS early conciliation: Peacemaker or troublemaker?

As of today (6 May), it will be mandatory for employers and prospective claimants to consider settlement of potential employment claims. The requirement to consider conciliation will be triggered before the claim is even lodged at an Employment Tribunal or the payment of any Tribunal fees.

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New statistics on zero hours contracts – more questions than answers?

Another week has passed but zero hours contracts are still a hot topic of conversation. Keeping the subject in the spotlight, the Office for National Statistics has published the results of its latest survey which suggests that there are around 1.4 million zero hours contracts being used in the UK workforce. This is substantially different from the 583,000 workers or …

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