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Should a part-time worker be paid 50% of a full-time salary?

Emma Edis

The Part Time Workers Regulations 2000 state that part-time workers cannot be treated less favourably than their full-time counterparts. In a recent appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) (British Airways v Pinaud), the EAT considered whether a part-time worker working more than 50% of full-time hours, but only paid 50% of a full-time salary was suffering less favourable treatment?

Can you rely on previous incidents during a later disciplinary investigation?

Naomi Greenwood

Any employer knows any dismissal on the grounds of misconduct can only occur after a thorough investigation. It is not unusual for the former employee to claim that the investigation, and therefore their dismissal, was unfair. In turn, this has led to more and more thorough investigations being carried out.

Court of Protection rule on best interests contraceptive patch case

Nicholas Endean

The recent case of The Hospital Trust and Miss V & Others [2017] EWCOP 20 before the Court of Protection highlighted the application of the best interest’s principle in extremely sensitive surroundings.

Are you up-to-date with the rules and requirements of the new Apprenticeship levy?

Naomi Greenwood

In April 2017, the government introduced an apprenticeship levy; a tax on UK employers to support the funding of apprentices. Any private or public company with a total wage bill of more than £3 million is required to put 0.5% of their payroll into the levy. 

Check your IT user policies – are you monitoring staff usage appropriately?

Katherine Maxwell

A recent ruling by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case of Barbulescu v Romania will mean employers will have to be very clear with staff if they propose to monitor their internet usage. 

Sleep-in staff (minimum wage enforcement)

Stephanie Bowen

Sleep-in shifts have recently hit the news following a leaked report which revealed many council employees were being paid below the minimum wage.

Important guidance from ACAS on supporting parents with ill and/or premature babies

Katherine Maxwell

ACAS has issued new guidance related to employees who have a baby or babies that are ill or premature. 

Tribunal quarterly statistics April – June 2017

Emma Edis

September saw the publication of the employment tribunal statistics from April – June 2017. 

Are you up-to-date with the new ‘Vento bands’?

Stephanie Bowen

Those that are successful in a discrimination claim can be awarded compensation for injury caused to feelings as a result of the discrimination they have suffered. In order to decide how much to award for injury to feelings, tribunals use guidelines known as Vento guidelines to decide how much to award in each case.

Education, Health and Care Plans – Are they working?

Nicholas Endean

Families of children with special educational needs are facing a “disproportionate burden” to ensure they get the support they need. This is the main headline from a recent report issued by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

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