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Social Housing Pension Scheme 2017 Valuation Results – What are your options?
Last week saw the publication of the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS) 2017 valuation results. These showed that in keeping with the previous valuation results from 2014, the funding deficit had increased, to £1.52bn.
Context is King: Employee’s Letter Giving Notice was not a Resignation
In an unusual case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a finding that an employee who gave her employer a letter giving “one month’s notice” was not actually a letter of resignation. Background Mrs Levy worked as an administrator within East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust). She was unhappy in her role
‘Bad Faith’ In Victimisation Claims
In considering a claim for victimisation, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has held an employee did not act in bad faith even though his allegations were made with an ulterior motive.
Refusal to postpone a disciplinary hearing made dismissal unfair
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held an employee was unfairly dismissed when her employer refused to postpone a disciplinary hearing for to allow her union representative to attend.
Devonshires re-appointed to the HALA Framework
We are delighted to announce that we have been re-appointed to the Housing Associations' Legal Alliance framework.
Employment Status – Pimlico Plumbers in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has finally delivered its decision in the important Pimlico Plumber’s case in a ruling which has far reaching consequences for workers considered to be self-employed in the so called “gig economy”.
Managing Risk: Expert guidance and solutions for registered providers
On the 17th May we held our first ever Devonshires Conference which focused on the biggest challenges affecting the UK’s social housing sector.
Holiday Dates for 2018/2019
The way bank holidays fall in 2018 means those employers with a holiday year running from 1st April to 31st March may need to give their employees an additional day of annual leave.
Gender Pay Gap Reporting – The Results
As the midnight deadline for gender pay gap reporting approached on 4 April, thousands of employers rushed to publish their data in time.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
With the ‘Beast from the East’ causing unprecedented snowfall and widespread disruption across the country, many employers may be wondering how to deal with those employees unable to make it into work.
Southern Housing Group has become the latest RP to exit from the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS)
As has recently been reported in the Housing press, Southern Housing Group has become the latest RP to exit from the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS).
Celebrating a year in Leeds
Today marks our one-year anniversary in Leeds and what a year it’s been!