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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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