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...
Louise Walker
28th Apr 2016
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...
Louise Walker
28th Apr 2016
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...
David Reid
6th Apr 2016
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...
David Reid
6th Apr 2016
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).
David Reid
6th Apr 2016
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...
David Reid
6th Apr 2016
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...
David Reid
6th Apr 2016
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...
David McRae
22nd Feb 2016
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...
David McRae
22nd Feb 2016
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...
Stuart Swan
8th Feb 2016
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...
Stuart Swan
8th Feb 2016
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...
Stuart Swan
8th Feb 2016
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...
Stuart Swan
8th Feb 2016
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.  
Stuart Swan
8th Feb 2016
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...
Gillian Melville
19th Jan 2016
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