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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
Stuart Swan Posted 8th February 2016 at 17:26pm by Stuart Swan

Apprenticeship levy to be paid by larger employers

The government has published draft legislation introducing the apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy was announced in the summer budget of 2015 and will take effect from 6 April 2017.

 

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Apprenticeship levy to be paid by larger employers
Stuart Swan Posted 8th February 2016 at 18:02pm by Stuart Swan

Penalty notices for unpaid awards and settlements

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has confirmed that section 150 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, which amends the Employment Tribunals Act 1996 to include new provisions imposing financial penalties on employers who fail to pay an employment tribunal award, is expected to come into force in April 2016.

 

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 Penalty notices for unpaid awards and settlements
Gillian Melville Posted 19th January 2016 at 17:18pm by Gillian Melville

ACAS guidance – Conducting workplace investigations

ACAS has published new guidance to help employers conduct workplace investigations. Prior to taking disciplinary action, it is essential that a proper investigation takes place. A failure to carry out a proper investigation will usually impact on the fairness of any disciplinary sanction that may be imposed and can of itself render a dismissal unfair.

 

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ACAS guidance – Conducting workplace investigations
Gillian Melville Posted 18th January 2016 at 16:35pm by Gillian Melville

Protection for zero hour contract workers

The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 (‘the Regulations’) came into force on 11 January 2016. These Regulations offer protection for zero hour contract workers against detriment and dismissal in particular circumstances.

 

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Protection for zero hour contract workers
Stuart Swan Posted 8th February 2016 at 18:10pm by Stuart Swan

House of Commons briefing paper – Whistleblowing and gagging clauses

The Employment Rights Act 1996 protects whistleblowers from detriment or dismissal where they make public interest disclosures, providing those disclosures meet certain conditions. Gagging clauses which seek to prevent workers from disclosing information are unenforceable insofar as they seek to prohibit whistleblowing.

 

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House of Commons briefing paper – Whistleblowing and gagging clauses
Stuart Swan Posted 8th February 2016 at 17:41pm by Stuart Swan

Modern Slavery Act – The slavery and human trafficking statement

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires large businesses to publicly state each year the action(s) they have taken to ensure that their supply chains are slavery free.

 

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Modern Slavery Act – The slavery and human trafficking statement
Gillian Melville Posted 19th January 2016 at 16:16pm by Gillian Melville

Monitoring of personal messages - Comments

As reported in our news article the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently handed down a high profile decision concerning an employee’s right to privacy.

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Monitoring of personal messages - Comments
Gillian Melville Posted 19th January 2016 at 16:02pm by Gillian Melville

Monitoring of personal messages

A high-profile decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) was handed down last week in relation to the right to privacy. Specifically, the ECtHR was asked to consider whether an employer breached an employee’s right to privacy when the employer accessed personal emails sent by the employee through a work-related messaging account.

 

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Monitoring of personal messages
Louise Walker Posted 6th January 2016 at 15:01pm by Louise Walker

Employment law - what to expect in 2016

A happy new year from everyone at Just Employment Law to our readers. In this first update of 2016, we outline some of the key developments we expect to see in the field of employment law during the forthcoming year.

 

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Employment law - what to expect in 2016