Don’t slip up on new playslip rules
As a result of new legislation, employers who engage staff on an hourly-rate basis need to be aware that, from 6 April 2019, the right to itemised payslips will extend to all workers, not just employees paid by the hour.
Working parents to get bereavement leave
Employed parents will have a statutory right to two weeks’ paid leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018, which received Royal Assent on 13 September and is due to come into force in 2020, will allow bereaved parents to take the leave within 56 days of the child’s death or stillbirth.
When is a resignation not a resignation? The case of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy
In the case of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy, an employee in the Trust’s Records department successfully claimed for unfair dismissal following an unusual sequence of events.
Government launches LGBT action plan
Following a national survey of LGBT people, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published the LGBT Action Plan: Improving the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People.
Employment contracts failure to detail when notice is given
The case of Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood considered the matter of when the notice of termination takes effect if an employment contract is silent on when notice is deemed given.
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission identifies widespread Sexual Harassment failures
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has identified widespread failures by employers to set out sufficient processes and policies on sexual harassment.
Failure to enhance shared parental leave is not direct sex discrimination
The case of Capita v Ali concerns a father who took shared parental leave so that his wife could go back to work. The wife was suffering from PTSD and was advised that returning to work could help her condition.
Will there be greater stability for gig economy workers?
Complete clarity on the issues surrounding the gig economy is still some way off, but there have been significant moves to address many of the issues.
When does a “continuing act” start for the purposes of discrimination law?
The case of Hale v Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has held that the start of a disciplinary process can be the start of conduct extending over a period â€“ i.e. a â€œcontinuing actâ€� for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.