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What next for zero hour contracts?
The BBC has reported that the Matthew Taylor inquiry into controversial working practices is set to call for employees on zero-hours contracts to be given the right to request a move onto fixed hours.
Extending Shared Parental Leave to Grandparents
They say it takes a village to raise a child. George Osborne appears to agree with this proverb in some respects with a proposed extension of Shared Parental Leave to grandparents.
Court of Appeal restricts pension benefits for surviving spouses in same sex partnerships
The Court of Appeal has dismissed Walker v Innospec, an appeal concerning equality of pension entitlements for same sex couples.
The Role of Human Resources in Disciplinary Proceedings – The risks of crossing the line
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision has provided a reminder of the role of Human Resources in disciplinary proceedings.
IR35 – Changes through Consultation – Employers Take Note
Intermediaries legislation (known as IR35) is the tax and National Insurance (NI) legislation that may apply if an individual works for a client through an intermediary. This is a common arrangement for consultants and some agency workers. The IR35 regime was introduced as a way of cracking down on the use of intermediary companies to
Law in Flux – Time Limits for Bringing Contractual Claims in the Employment Tribunal
The Employment Tribunals Extension of Jurisdiction (England and Wales) Order 1994 (the 1994 Order) gives an Employment Tribunal jurisdiction to hear common law claims made by employees for damages arising out of breaches of contract. Claims made under the 1994 Order must be brought within three months of termination of the contract giving rise to
Modern Slavery Act 2015: large businesses to publish slavery and human trafficking statement
In March this year, the Government introduced the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to tackle slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking in England and Wales.
Trade Union Bill
In the wake of the recent Tube strikes, the Government plans to introduce a Trade Union Bill to ‘democratise’ industrial action. The Bill will introduce new thresholds to validate any such action; a 50 percent turnout of union members in all sectors will be required to back action. In the public sector, 40 percent of
Gender pay gap consultation launched
On 14 July 2015, the Government announced its aspiration to “end the gender pay gap in a generation” by implementing Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010. Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 contains a power for the Government to make regulations requiring employers with at least 250 employees to publish information relating to
Tribunal fees to be reviewed following freefall in employment claims
At the outset the Coalition Government committed to a review of the system and, although not stated in the Conservative manifesto, the new Government has now agreed the Ministry of Justice’s terms of reference.
Holiday pay – the latest
How should holiday pay be calculated? What is the relevant liability period? These are two questions that have been troubling many employers.
Instruction to remove employee(s) from an ‘organised group’ is not enough to prevent them transferring under TUPE
In Jakowlew v Nestor Primecare Services Ltd t/a Saga Care and another, the EAT reinforced a strict application of TUPE, ruling that, despite a contractual breach on the part of a transferor to remove an employee from a contract which was to be transferred, the employee in question remained subject to TUPE.