Sharp rise in Employment Tribunal claims
There’s been a dramatic rise in Employment Tribunal claims since fees for bringing an employment claim were abolished in July 2017.
Workers taking sick days drops to record low
Nearly 9 in 10 HR professionals have noticed that employees are spending longer at work than is required of them. This is thought to be a reflection of unmanageable workloads and employees feeling more insecure about their jobs.
Disabled workers pay gap widens
The pay gap for disabled workers is at its highest since 2013, and disabled workers now earn on average Â£1.50 less an hour than those without a disability. This is the highest pay gap since the government began publishing comparable data in 2013.
Pimlico Plumbers lose in Supreme Court
Self-employed plumber Gary Smith has won his case against his former employer, Pimlico Plumbers. The case concerned whether Gary was entitled to working rights.
The gender pay gap- did you fail to report?
More than 1500 companies who employ over 250 people failed to report their gender pay gap results on the 4th April. While for many businesses it was a bit of a damp squib, those that failed to report could face a tougher time, not least because failure to report is a breach of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. In addition, businesses that fail to report could face more scrutiny both internally and externally.
Are your employees making the most of shared parental leave?
Despite shared parental leave being introduced in 2015, only 2% of those couples eligible for the leave have chosen to use it. In a bid to boost take up, the government has launched a Â£1.5 million â€œShare the Joyâ€� campaign.
GDPR- are you ready?
As you will be aware by now, the GDPR comes into force in the UK on 25th May 2018. If you arenâ€™t already making preparations to ensure that you are compliant with the GDPR, you need to start doing so as soon as possible.
Employee dismissal – being aware matters
In a complex and ongoing case, the Court of Appeal reversed a ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) which had found that an employee could succeed in a claim for automatically unfair dismissal for whistleblowing even if the person making the decision to dismiss was unaware of the employee having blown the whistle.
Uber loses a battle but the war continues
In our previous update, we advised you that the Employment Appeal Tribunal (â€œEATâ€�) had held that Uber’s drivers are to be classed as workers. This means that they are afforded employment rights, including protection from unlawful deduction of wages, entitlement to the national minimum wage and paid annual leave.