Employment law update – March 2019
In this edition we therefore look at what companies should do to prepare for any further cold episodes we may experience this winter. We also bring you another case looking at employment status; and our feature article this month is from our immigration team who consider how you can protect your business after Brexit.
Job hunters focus on gender pay gap
Six out of ten women would take into consideration an organisation’s gender pay gap when looking for a job, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
In order to “fulfil the tax obligations of their workers” the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has asked the government whether online platforms such as taxi firms or food delivery businesses could deduct tax from earnings.
Dismissal for misconduct without prior warning
The case of Mbubaegbu v Homerton University Hospital considered when dismissal for misconduct without prior warning can be reasonable. It considered whether when multiple issues arise (even if individually they are not gross misconduct) they could collectively be deemed as misconduct.
Should you follow Uber’s example and offer employee benefits?
Uber recently announced that it would be providing insurance cover at no extra cost to its drivers over Europe. It is also giving drivers insurance backed protection when not working (i.e. out of driving hours) such as for sickness, having a baby or jury duty.
Ensure you understand how to tax notice pay when it is paid in lieu following recent changes to the law in this area
This April saw the most significant change to the taxation of termination payments in many years. The intention of the change is to tax payments for unworked notice as though the notice had been worked, though the details of the implementation are inevitably more complicated than that.
Facebook’s data processing scandal could set the tone for GDPR claims
Ahead of the implementation of the GDPR on 25 May, Facebook and its relationship with Cambridge Analytica could set a quasi-benchmark in consumers’ minds about how much their GDPR claim could be worth if their personal data is mishandled.
Tesco’s £4bn equal pay bill
Tesco is facing an Â£4 billion equal pay claim from thousands of female shop workers. If this claim is successful, it could result in the UK’s largest ever claim for equal pay, potentially opening the floodgates for other similar claims.
Sexual harassment in the workplace
From Westminster to Hollywood and more recently the charity sector, reports of sexual harassment have become a regular feature in headline news.