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  • The Queen’s Speech and employment law implications

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      In the Queen’s Speech, on 21 June 2017,  employment legislation that the government intends to introduce in the 2017-2019 Parliamentary session was outlined, as follows: National living wage – this will rise to 60% of median earnings by 2020 will continue to increase in line with average earnings Data protection – The Data Protection […]


  • Company not vicariously liable for violent assault

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    The case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd* concerned a company Christmas party that went tragically wrong.  The Christmas party took place in 2011 at a golf club. All employees and their partners were invited and in total 24 people attended.  Following the party about half of the guests continued drinking at a hotel and […]


  • Database of Employment Tribunal Judgments Launched

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    On 18 January 2017 a new database of employment tribunal judgments and orders was launched by HM Courts and Tribunals Service. Prior to this, for the last 40 years, employment tribunal judgments have not been published and only those that are noteworthy have been reported in journals. Judgments of the Employment Appeal Tribunal and higher […]


  • National Minimum Wage – National Living Wage

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    National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage This month should see a pay increase for anyone on the National Minimum Wage as the top rate increased from £6.50 per hour to £6.70 per hour on 1st October. It would seem that apprentices did the best out of this round of increases as they had an […]


  • Changes to tax and severance pay

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    On 24 July 2015, the Government launched a consultation on simplifying the tax and National Insurance rules relating to severance pay.  It is proposed that the current £30,000 tax free allowance for severance payments be replaced with a new income tax relief for redundancy at a rate that would rise on a sliding scale in line with […]


  • Is your holiday pay correct?

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      For workers in industries where commission is significant such as the retail motor industry where more than half a sales executive’s income is likely to be made up of commission, what is the effect on holidays? Firstly, how is holiday pay to be calculated?  Secondly, what about after the holiday?  When a worker is […]


  • Sexist remarks lead to significant damages

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      Julie Humphryes claimed that sexist remarks and bullying in the workplace forced her out of her job at YOO Limited.  She alleged that she was marginalised after taking maternity leave in July 2012. Ms Humphryes said that she was also subjected to sexist remarks prior to her maternity leave, such as being asked in a meeting whether she really […]


  • New Rules on Flexible Working

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    From the end of June Flexible working requests will be open to all employees with 26 weeks’ service. There will no longer be any need for complicated forms and employers have a duty to consider all requests. If you think your life would be easier with the ability to work different hours or to work […]


  • Compromise Agreement Calculator

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    We have recently included a compromise agreement calculator on our website to help users to quickly identify the potential severance payment they may obtain.


  • Employment Tribunal Awards

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    The Employment Tribunal compensation limits will increase on 6th April 2014. The maximum limit on a week’ pay shall increase from £450 to £464. The maximum unfair dismissal compensatory award shall increase from £74,200 to £76,574. However, remember that it is the lower of this figure or 52 weeks gross pay and so this new […]