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Louise Walker Posted 28th April 2016 at 12:09pm by Louise Walker

EAT Disapproves HMRC Guidance on Childcare Vouchers During Maternity Leave

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that childcare vouchers provided under a salary sacrifice scheme are part of the employee’s remuneration under Regulation 9 of the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999. They therefore do not have to be provided during maternity leave.

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EAT Disapproves HMRC Guidance on Childcare Vouchers During Maternity Leave
Louise Walker Posted 28th April 2016 at 12:07pm by Louise Walker

Government Funds Additional National Minimum Wage Compliance Checks

 

In update 202 we explained that the new National Living Wage came into effect on 1 April 2016. In addition, the government announced the new rates for younger workers and apprentices, which will come into force on 1 October 2016.

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Government Funds Additional National Minimum Wage Compliance Checks
David Reid Posted 6th April 2016 at 10:13am by David Reid

Penalties for Unpaid Tribunal Awards

 

In a bid to enforce payment of tribunal awards or settlement sums, the government has introduced new regulations imposing tougher penalties on employers who fail or refuse to pay such awards.

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Penalties for Unpaid Tribunal Awards
David Reid Posted 6th April 2016 at 16:47pm by David Reid

New Employment Laws coming into force in April 2016

In this update, we cover new rules and limits in relation to the national minimum wage, penalties for unpaid tribunal awards,  state second pension and tribunal compensation, all of which have changed in April 2016. 

 
 
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New Employment Laws coming into force in April 2016
David Reid Posted 6th April 2016 at 10:19am by David Reid

Tribunal Compensation Limits

The compensation limits available for various claims at the Employment Tribunal will increase from 6 April 2016, including an increase in the maximum compensatory award from £78,335 to £78,962.

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Tribunal Compensation Limits
David Reid Posted 6th April 2016 at 10:16am by David Reid

State Second Pension

From 6 April 2016, a single-tier state pension will replace the current two state pension elements, ie the basic pension and the state second pension (S2P).

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State Second Pension
David Reid Posted 6th April 2016 at 10:12am by David Reid

National Minimum Wage

 

As has been widely publicised, the new National Living Wage came into effect today. As a result, workers aged 25 or over are now entitled to be paid a minimum of £7.20 per hour.

 

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National Minimum Wage
David McRae Posted 22nd February 2016 at 14:40pm by David McRae

Sunday trading

The government has decided to move ahead with its plan to loosen the restriction on Sunday trading hours in England and Wales, despite opposition from shop workers union USDAW, religious groups and high profile politicians.

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Sunday trading
David McRae Posted 22nd February 2016 at 14:32pm by David McRae

Instruction not to speak Russian at work was neither discrimination nor harassment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided that an instruction given to an employee not to speak Russian at work was not direct race discrimination or racial harassment.

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Instruction not to speak Russian at work was neither discrimination nor harassment
Stuart Swan Posted 8th February 2016 at 17:22pm by Stuart Swan

Modern Slavery Act – large employers must publish annual statement

The government recently introduced a new piece of legislation in an effort to tackle slavery and human trafficking, which consolidates offences in those areas. 
 
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Modern Slavery Act – large employers must publish annual statement