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Voluntary Overtime and Holiday Pay

2nd October 2015

Back in March, following the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s (“EAT”) decision in Bear Scotland v Fulton and other cases, we looked at whether holiday pay should include any overtime worked by an employee.  Bear Scotland  Bear Scotland confirmed that certain payments should be included when calculating an employee’s normal weekly pay for holiday pay purposes. These […]

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National Minimum Wage Increase

2nd October 2015

From 1 October 2015, the new hourly National Minimum Wage rates will be: 21 years +       £6.70 18 – 20 years  £5.30 16 – 17 years  £3.87 Apprentices*   £3.30 * This band applies to apprentices under 19 or in the first year of apprenticeship For those aged 25 and above, their hourly rate will rise […]

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Zero Hours Workers – No “Exclusivity” Allowed

16th April 2015

The snappily entitled “Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014 – 2015”, which was recently being debated by the House of Commons and House of Lords, prohibits the use of exclusivity clauses within zero hours contracts. The Government’s concern is that employers who include a clause in their zero hours contracts which prevent a worker […]

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Further decline in Employment Tribunal claims – Good News for Employers?

16th April 2015

Employment Tribunal statistics published recently show the continuing decline in the number of claims being made in the Employment Tribunal since the introduction of fees in July 2013. For the majority of claims, (including unfair dismissal), the fees are £250 for issuing the claim and a further £950 if the case proceeds to a hearing. […]

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Shared Parental Leave – Are you ready?

16th April 2015

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) is now available for eligible parents of babies due on or after 5 April 2015. It allows both parents to share childcare during the first year after birth. SPL does not replace maternity/paternity leave, it is just another option for parents. A mother still has to take two weeks’ compulsory maternity […]

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When Obesity Becomes a “Disability”

3rd March 2015

A recent European Court decision has paved the way for obese workers in the UK to be protected by the Equality Act. Whilst obesity itself is not a protected characteristic, if an employee is able to establish that the effects of obesity qualifies as a “disability” they will be protected from unlawful discrimination and an […]

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Increase in Statutory Redundancy Pay and the Limit of Tribunal Awards

3rd March 2015

The Government has recently announced the annual increases to a week’s pay for redundancy purposes and the maximum unfair dismissal compensation which an Employment Tribunal can award. These changes will take effect from 6 April 2015.  If you are seeking to make redundancies which take effect on or after 6 April 2015, a week’s pay […]

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Holiday Pay Should Include Overtime

3rd March 2015

Following the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (“Tribunal”) decision confirming that certain overtime and allowance payments should be included when calculating an employee’s normal weekly pay for holiday pay purposes, there have been a number of recent developments. As you will recall, the Tribunal’s decision meant that employers should pay their employees holiday pay which reflects […]

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