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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… 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… Read More

Acas publishes new guides on rights for antenatal and adoption appointments and surrogacy

Acas has published a brief guide explaining the rights to time off for antenatal and adoption appointments. It has also published a separate brief guide on surrogacy setting out the rights available to surrogate mothers and intended parents. The Children and Families Act 2014 changed the law, introducing the right… Read More

“Working time” can include time spent travelling to and from home for workers with no fixed workplace

Advocate General Bot has given his opinion in a case before the European Court of Justice that for peripatetic workers (those who are not assigned to a fixed place of work), the time spent travelling from their home to their first assignment, and from their last assignment back to their… Read More

Employee fairly dismissed despite procedural deficiencies and non-compliance with Acas Code

The EAT has upheld a tribunal’s decision that an employee’s dismissal was fair in circumstances where there were serious procedural failings at the first stage of the process. The EAT found that the tribunal had given adequate regard to the nature and extent of the flaws and upheld its conclusion… 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… Read More

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… Read More

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… 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… 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 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… Read More