Recruitment & HR Blog

Most Enterprising Business Award

On 11 March 2017 Fairways won the prestigious and highly coveted ‘Most Enterprising Business of the Year Award’ at the Women Ahead, Dundee & Angus Business Awards. The award was presented to the owner or manager of a business of any size, who has identified an appropriate market to operate in or has demonstrated creativity … Read more

  • 12th Mar 2017
  • Liz Jackson

Women Ahead Business Awards Finalists

Women Ahead Business Awards 2017  –  The Fairways team are absolutely delighted to announce that two of their key staff have been successful in the judging process to become Women Ahead Business Award Finalists in two different categories. Liz Jackson, Managing Director of Fairways, is a Finalist in the Most Enterprising Business of the Year category … Read more

  • 8th Mar 2017
  • Liz Jackson

National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage Increases

Are you prepared for the increases to NMW and NLW on 1 April 2017? The Government’s National Living Wage was introduced on 1 April 2016 for all workers aged 25 and over, and was set at £7.20 per hour.   Employers need to remember that the current National Minimum Wage for those under the age of … Read more

  • 15th Feb 2017
  • Liz Jackson

Vicarious Liability – Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd

 In a recent case at the High Court, regarding a Christmas party event, (Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2016] EWHC 3104 (QB).) a claim of vicarious liability was brought against this particular recruitment company. Bearing in mind employers can be vicariously liable for the actions of their employees at work related social events, we usually … Read more

  • 15th Feb 2017
  • Liz Jackson

Ring the New Year with a Job Interview

We are now in the new year of 2017  and a number of people have thought about new year resolutions. This is also the time of year when we start to think of new career options or simply a new job or that important first job and of course the job interview. Although there is no better … Read more

  • 4th Jan 2017
  • Liz Jackson

PREPARING YOUR CV FOR NEW JOBS

As we approach the end of 2016, many thoughts are moving towards next year, new jobs and of course an updated CV.  When seeking a new role, preparing your CV becomes a critical part of the process as almost all employers will ask you for a CV.  If you fail to prepare, you are preparing … Read more

  • 18th Dec 2016
  • Liz Jackson

Avoiding Christmas Party Legal Hangovers

Avoiding Christmas Party Legal Hangovers can be a nightmare and with the office Christmas Party season in full swing, how do employers survive the festive season without mishap and possible legal action? We have released a helpful list so that your employees can have fun while reminding you, the employer, of your legal obligations. It’s all … Read more

  • 18th Dec 2016
  • Liz Jackson

Another Employment Tribunal Win for Fairways

A recent hearing has resulted in a positive outcome resulting in another Employment Tribunal win for Fairways and the company maintaining its 100% success rate in Employment Tribunal Hearings. The Case This particular case related to the Claimant alleging he had been unlawfully discriminated against on the grounds of disability by the Respondents. The claimant also … Read more

  • 18th Dec 2016
  • Liz Jackson

Headteacher is fairly dismissed

Headteacher fairly dismissed for failing to disclose her relationship with a sex offender The Court of Appeal has upheld, by a majority, a tribunal decision which found that a school had acted reasonably in dismissing a headteacher for misconduct on the basis that she did not disclose her relationship with a person convicted of making … Read more

  • 22nd Jul 2016
  • Liz Jackson

The EAT has upheld a tribunal’s decision that an employee’s dismissal was not direct disability discrimination

The EAT has upheld a tribunal’s decision that an employee’s dismissal was not direct disability discrimination as the decision-maker did not know that he was disabled. The knowledge of the employer’s Occupational Health department in relation to the employee’s disability could not be imputed to the decision-maker in the disciplinary process. Following the guidance of … Read more

  • 18th Mar 2016
  • Liz Jackson

EAT rules on correct approach to comparators in an age discrimination claim

The EAT has addressed the question of comparators in a direct age discrimination case. An employee aged over 50 who was denied the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy during a reorganisation was able to compare his treatment with two employees under 50 who applied successfully for voluntary redundancy. The EAT ruled that the fact … Read more

  • 20th Jan 2016
  • Liz Jackson

Employment Appeal Tribunal

New early conciliation not required before amending ET claim The EAT has held that it is not necessary for a claimant to go through the early conciliation process (EC) again in respect of a new claim arising after EC has concluded and an ET1 presented to the tribunal. Parliament intentionally drafted the legislation to refer … Read more

  • 27th Nov 2015
  • Liz Jackson

UK – Gender Pay Gap

Male financial managers are earning almost £45,000 a year more than women working in the same occupation, according to new analysis from specialist recruitment firm Michael Page. Similarly, the annual salary of female health professionals is less than half the salary of their male colleagues. The analysis revealed the professions with the widest gender pay … Read more

  • 8th Jul 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Dismissal of Christian employee for expressing negative views on homosexuality was discriminatory

An employment tribunal has held that a Christian nursery employee was directly and indirectly discriminated against by her employer on the grounds of her religion or belief when it dismissed her for expressing negative views about a colleague’s homosexuality. However, the employee’s claim of harassment was not upheld because the tribunal found no evidence that … Read more

  • 1st Jul 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Urgent Update – Holiday Pay Claims

Calculating holiday pay In addition to current legislation, a number of recent court judgments should be considered when calculating holiday pay. This means that the rules employers and workers follow to calculate holiday pay may need to be updated. The introduction of The Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 means that when making a claim … Read more

  • 30th Jun 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Government explains increase in apprenticeship national minimum wage rate

On 18 June 2014, the Low Pay Commission (LPC) was asked to make recommendations on the levels of each national minimum wage (NMW) which it believed should apply from October 2015. The government rejected the LPC recommendations on the apprentice rate, which from 1 October 2015 will be increased to £3.30. The government has published … Read more

  • 29th Jun 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Valuing Older Workers Report from CIPD

A new study launched by the CIPD today reveals that the UK could face serious skills shortages over the next 20 years if employers don’t change their approach to workforce planning as our population ages and demand for certain services rises. New research1 from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development and … Read more

  • 25th Jun 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Wage Growth beats Expectations in UK

Average weekly wages, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.7% in the three months through to April, compared with growth of 2.3% in the three month period to March, reports ft.com. The increase exceeded economists’ expectations, who had forecast an increase of 2.5%. This latest rise marks the fastest wage growth since February 2009. Including bonuses, average weekly … Read more

  • 18th Jun 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Employee smelling of alcohol was unfairly dismissed

An Employee who arrived for work smelling of alcohol was unfairly dismissed. An employment judge has held that the summary dismissal of a healthcare assistant for coming to work smelling of alcohol was unfair. The judge held that a reasonable employer would not have treated attending for work smelling of alcohol as gross misconduct or … Read more

  • 16th Jun 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Dismissal of Christian employee for expressing negative views on homosexuality was discriminatory (ET)

Dismissal of Christian employee for expressing negative views on homosexuality was discriminatory (ET) An employment tribunal has held that a Christian nursery employee was directly and indirectly discriminated against by her employer on the grounds of her religion or belief when it dismissed her for expressing negative views about a colleague’s homosexuality. However, the employee’s … Read more

  • 15th Jun 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Government plans changes to work visas for non-EEA nationals

Government plans changes to work visas for non-EEA nationals The Migration Advisory Committee is considering government proposals to reduce employment of non-EEA migrants in the UK. The proposals include: Restricting work visas to occupations with “genuine skills shortages” or for specialist experts. Imposing a time limit on how long a sector can claim it has … Read more

  • 15th Jun 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Limited number of vacancies offer flexible working

Limited number of vacancies offer flexible working Research conducted by Timewise has found that 46% of people employed in the UK want to work flexibly. However only 6.2% of UK job advertisements with salaries of £20,000 or more mention flexible working. Karen Mattison MBE, CEO of Timewise, stated “Businesses are missing out, as they consistently … Read more

  • 12th Jun 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Review of employment tribunal fees begins

On 11 June 2015, the government announced the start of a review of employment tribunal fees and the fee remission scheme. The review will take a wide range of evidence into account, which has been set out in the terms of reference for the review published by the Ministry of Justice and is expected to … Read more

  • 12th Jun 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Employee not under implied duty to disclose allegations of misconduct in absence of express term

The EAT has upheld a tribunal’s decision that an employee was not under an express or implied duty to disclose to his employer allegations of sexual misconduct made against him while working elsewhere. The employment contract did contain express terms requiring disclosure of misconduct in certain circumstances either during employment, or in circumstances set out … Read more

  • 10th Jun 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Pay and Work Rights Helpline transfer to Acas

Advisory services provided by the Pay and Work Rights Helpline will transfer to Acas from 1 April 2015.  Acas will provide free and confidential advice on a range of issues, including: The national minimum wage. Working for an employment agency. Working hours, rest breaks and holidays. Acas advice can be accessed either online or by phone on … Read more

  • 30th Mar 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) 5 April 2015

The new system of shared parental leave will be available to parents of children due to be born or placed for adoption with them on or after 5 April 2015.  This new piece of legislation aims to provide parents with greater flexibility in terms of the time they take off following the birth or adoption of their child. Eligible … Read more

  • 30th Mar 2015
  • Liz Jackson

National Minimum Wage Increase October 2015

National Minimum Wage Increase October 2015 National Minimum Wage: Rates will increase on 1 October 2015 to:   Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice* 2015 (from 1 October) £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30 2014 (current rate) £6.50 £5.13 £3.79 £2.73   *The rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged … Read more

  • 20th Mar 2015
  • Liz Jackson

Avoid the Christmas Legal Hangover 2014

The office Christmas Party season is in full swing. It’s a fun time but the festive celebrations can become a legal minefield for employers if things get out of hand. That’s why employers need to make sure that they have appropriate policies in place to deal with the potential fall-out so we have prepared a … Read more

  • 13th Dec 2014
  • Liz Jackson

New Holiday Ruling 2014

On 4 November 2014, The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that companies should factor in overtime when calculating holiday pay, a controversial move that has been rebuffed by business leaders but celebrated by workers. The ruling stems from the following three cases: Road maintenance company Bear Scotland v. Fulton; Engineering firm Amec v. Law; and … Read more

  • 7th Nov 2014
  • Liz Jackson

UK Living Wage Update 2014

The UK “living wage” – an hourly rate based on the amount needed to cover the basic costs of living – has been raised by 20p to £7.85 per hour.  The London rate will increase to £9.15 per hour. The voluntary wage – set by the Living Wage Foundation – is now 21% higher than the compulsory … Read more

  • 4th Nov 2014
  • Liz Jackson

Sponsoring local business in Perth, Perthshire 2014

Fairways are sponsoring the Perth and Kinross Council Business & Enterprise month for the third consecutive year. Liz Jackson, Managing Director of Fairways HR business support and recruitment specialists, said: “In our sector we know the importance of providing the right advice and support to allow firms to concentrate on managing their businesses on a … Read more

  • 7th Oct 2014
  • Liz Jackson

Unfair Dismissal Protection for Reservists

With effect from 1 October 2014, where an employee is dismissed exclusively (or mainly) because he or she is a member of the Reserve Force, the normal two-year service requirement for bringing an unfair dismissal claim does not apply, therefore an employee may pursue a claim immediately in these circumstances.   If you are unsure … Read more

  • 28th Sep 2014
  • Liz Jackson

Employment tribunals must order equal pay audits

From 1 October 2014 Employment Tribunals will have the power to order any employer that loses an equal pay case to carry out an equal pay audit. The exceptions set out in the Equality Act 2010 (Equal Pay Audits) Regulations 2014 relate to, among other things, whether or not the employer has recently carried out … Read more

  • 27th Sep 2014
  • Liz Jackson

New Ante-Natal Rights 1 October 2014

New Ante-Natal Rights just around the corner!   As from 1 October 2014, fathers/partners may take unpaid time off to accompany a pregant woman on up to two ante-natal appointments. Employees will be eligible to take advantage of the new right straight away without accruing a minimum period of service.  This right also extends to … Read more

  • 26th Sep 2014
  • Liz Jackson

National Minimum Wage Increase October 2014

National Minimum Wage: Rates will increase on 1 October 2014 to:   Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice* 2014 (from 1 October) £6.50 £5.13 £3.79 £2.73 2013 (current rate) £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68   *The rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first … Read more

  • 25th Sep 2014
  • Liz Jackson

What to do when an employee who goes off sick at the outset of a disciplinary investigation or during the disciplinary process

If your employee goes off sick at the outset of a disciplinary investigation or during the disciplinary process, you should complete as much of the process as you can in the employee’s absence, for example conducting investigatory interviews with witnesses and collecting all relevant documentation. If the absence is likely to be short term, you … Read more

  • 19th Jun 2014
  • Liz Jackson

National Unemployment Statistics

National Statistics reports that the headline unemployment rate (ILO definition) ran at 6.6% during the period February to April 2014. The ILO unemployment level was 2.16 million, down 161,000 on the quarter, and down 347,000 on the same period a year ago. Table 1: Unemployment level and rate, 2013/14   Unemployment level (‘000s) Rate % … Read more

  • 19th Jun 2014
  • Liz Jackson

HR Support for you, when you need it!

Our professionally qualified staff have the skills and hands on approach to help you avoid costly mistakes in your business when recruiting or promoting staff.   Working with you – for you, our mission is to thoroughly understand your business requiremnets and to bring problem solving techniques to enable your organisation grow and become more effective. Support at … Read more

  • 18th Jun 2014
  • Liz Jackson

Need help producing a staff handbook?

Fairways can produce a staff (employee) handbook or manual for your business operation. Our detailed handbooks are individually designed and bespoke to your organisation and contain a range of the key policies that should be in place in all organisations. We also include anything you consider to be pertinent to your organisation alone including your … Read more

  • 18th Jun 2014
  • Liz Jackson

New Rights for fathers to attend Ante Natal Appointments from 1 October 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 enables expectant fathers, and partners of pregnant women, to take time off work to attend two antenatal appointments with the expectant mother. In March 2014 a government press release announced that this right would come into force on 1 October 2014. Should you require any advice on updating or … Read more

  • 16th Jun 2014
  • Liz Jackson

National Minimum Wage Increases from 1 October 2014

The Government will increase the national minimum wage with effect from 1 October 2014. The main adult rate of the national minimum wage rises from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour. The youth rate increases from £5.03 to £5.13 per hour. The rate for workers aged 16 to 17 from £3.72 to £3.79 per hour, and … Read more

  • 16th Jun 2014
  • Liz Jackson

The Right to Request Flexible Working Changes

The Children and Families Act 2014 extends the right to request flexible working to all employees from 30 June 2014. This means that the right to request flexible working, which currently applies to employees who have children under the age of 17 (18 if a child is disabled) or who are carers, will be extended … Read more

  • 16th Jun 2014
  • Liz Jackson

Duty to inform and consult under TUPE amended for micro-businesses

The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/16) provide that a micro-business, which is an employer with fewer than 10 employees, may comply with its duty to inform and consult under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/246) by informing and consulting directly with … Read more

  • 16th Jun 2014
  • Liz Jackson

Dealing with Severe Weather Conditions

It’s coming to the time of year when arctic conditions play havoc with our roads, transport and importantly our employees attempts to attend work. If you don’t already have a policy in place, you should consider having one put in place as soon as you can as this could help alleviate any possibilities of misunderstandings … Read more

  • 30th Oct 2013
  • Liz Jackson

Changes to the Immigration Rules – July 2013

New changes to Immigration rules have been released today by the Home Office which come into force on 1 July 2013. They include: changes to the documents required for approved English language tests; clarification that ‘regulated financial institutions’ means those regulated to provide personal savings accounts or student loans; more legal courses are now exempt … Read more

  • 10th Jun 2013
  • Liz Jackson

Minimum Wage to Increase to £6.31 News Release

The Government has announced that the National Minimum Wage will rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds from October 2013. Business Secretary Vince Cable has said “Nobody in the country should be paid less than the minimum wage”.  He added, “Apprenticeships are at the heart of … Read more

  • 17th Apr 2013
  • Liz Jackson

April 2013 – Key Changes in Employment

A number of changes are taking place during April 2013. Some of these, such as the new Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure and “employee shareholder” employment status, have now been pushed back.  However,  you should be aware of the changes that are going ahead which include:   The collective redundancy consultation period where more than 100 employees … Read more

  • 1st Apr 2013
  • Liz Jackson

Important Dates for your Diary

8 March     Maximum amount of unpaid Parental Leave permitted for each child increases from  13 to 18 weeks in line with the updated EU Parental Leave Directive. 6 April        Statutory Sick Pay rises from £85.85 to £86.70 6 April        The new Collective Redundancy Consultation rules apply. 7  April       Lower rate for Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay increase from £135.45 to … Read more

  • 17th Feb 2013
  • Liz Jackson

Dispute Resolution

The Government has announced that the compensatory award for unfair dismissal will be capped at either the claimant’s annual salary or the maximum award (currently £74,200) in place at the time,whichever is lower. It has also issued a consultation paper, Early Conciliation, setting out how the process of making a tribunal claim will operate once the Enterprise … Read more

  • 17th Feb 2013
  • Liz Jackson

Parental Leave Proposals

The Government has published the Children and Families Bill 2013, containing proposals on shared parental leave, flexible working and adoption leave.  The right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees from 2014 and from 2015 parents will be able to share up to 52 weks’ leave. At the same time the 26 … Read more

  • 16th Feb 2013
  • Liz Jackson

New-look TUPE

The Government has published proposals for changing TUPE 2006, following on from its consultation in November 2011.  The Government plans to remove the service provision changes from TUPE, accepting there needs to be a lead-in time for its removal.  Understandably, this would be a major change however the justification for it is that the provision … Read more

  • 16th Feb 2013
  • Liz Jackson

2013 Employment Law Update Alert

2013 will see a number of changes coming through in employment law.  The Government recently announced its plans for reforming TUPE and has confirmed its intentions for shared parental leave and flexible working. The Government has also set out mechanisms for early conciliation of Tribunal claims and a commitment to setting up a state-run occupational health advisory … Read more

  • 16th Feb 2013
  • Liz Jackson

Collective Redundancy

The Government has confirmed that the consultation period for 100 or more redundancies will be reduced from 90 days to 45 days. The consultation period for 20-99 redundancies will remain unchanged at 30 days. The draft regulations covering the change come into force on 6 April 2013. The Government has also stated that it intends … Read more

  • 16th Feb 2013
  • Liz Jackson

Employment Law Announcement January 2013

The Government made a number of announcements on its ongoing employment law reform programme on 17th January 2013. Three new consultation papers and two responses have been published. Key developments include: The unfair dismissal compensatory award will be capped at the lower of one year’s pay and the existing limit. Acas will shortly publish a … Read more

  • 19th Jan 2013
  • Liz Jackson

Christmas Parties 2012

With the party spirit and Christmas celebrations all around us, organisations often find themselves dealing with specific issues at this time of year – the ever jolly Christmas Party   As human resource specialists, we find organisations are being caught out by not having appropriate policies in place. 5 Christmas Party Tips 1.  Plan ahead to ensure … Read more

  • 6th Dec 2012
  • Liz Jackson

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

The employer duties will be applied differently to different categories of workers. Do you know how the Pension Reforms affect your organisation? The three categories of worker are: 1.  Eligible jobholders 2.  Non-eligible jobholders 3.  Entitled workers Who is an eligible jobholder? A worker aged between 22 and state pension age With annual earnings over … Read more

  • 14th Nov 2012
  • Liz Jackson

Health & Safety Law update

HSE now operates a Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme, which came into effect on 1 October 2012. Under The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action. The Fee for Intervention hourly rate … Read more

  • 3rd Oct 2012
  • Liz Jackson

October 2012 Employment Law update

National minimum wage – New hourly pay rates from 1 October 2012: –   Increases from £6.08 for 21 years and older to £6.19 –   £4.98 for 18-20 years (no increase) –   £3.68 for 16-17 years (no increase) –   Increases from £2.60 for Apprentices to £2.65 Pensions auto-enrolment begins – The new duty to auto-enrol eligible jobholders … Read more

  • 26th Sep 2012
  • Liz Jackson

Employment Law update 2012

Employment Law update 2012 February: An increase on the Tribunal Awards came into effect on 1 February 2012. A weeks’ pay is increased to £430; previously £400 The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increased to £72,300; previously £68,400 Guarantee pay increased to £23.50 per day; previously £22.20. April: The standard rate of statutory maternity, … Read more

  • 27th Mar 2012
  • Liz Jackson

Minimum Wage from October 2012

Increases to the minimum wage rates, which take effect from 1 October 2012 has been announced by the Government:- £6.19 – the standard main rate for workers aged 21 and over £4.98 – the 18-20 rate (no increase from 2011) £3.68 – the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18 (no increase from 2011) … Read more

  • 9th May 2011
  • Liz Jackson

Legal compliance made easy for you

According to the Tribunals Service, the number of tribunal claims raised in the last year alone has increased by 56%. Are you ready for new legislation? Are you compliant to ensure you don’t become one of these statistics? Compliant – or think you are? The Equality Act which came into force on the 1st October 2010, … Read more

  • 14th Feb 2011
  • Liz Jackson

Contracts of employment

Employers are legally obliged to issue a statement of terms and conditions of employment within two months of the date of the employment commencing. This gives you, the employer the opportunity to set out clearly what you expect of your employees. A well drafted contract of employment will serve you well if difficulties present themelves … Read more

  • 26th Jan 2011
  • Liz Jackson

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