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Gig-economy workers

Katherine Maxwell

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.

Workers taking sick days drops to record low

Naomi Greenwood

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. 

Government launches LGBT action plan

Emma Edis

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.

Confused about holiday pay?

Emma Edis

‘Flowers V East of England Ambulance Trust ‘
This case centres around a group of claimants who worked for East of England Ambulance Trust.   

£16k for schoolgirl in Pizza Hut sexual harassment case

Naomi Greenwood

Pizza Hut have been ordered to pay £15,800 to a schoolgirl who was working as a receptionist in a Pizza Hut delivery branch after she won her sexual harassment case against the firm.

Unfair dismissal claims: When do statutory notice periods need to be added to qualifying service?

Katherine Maxwell

‘Lancaster and Duke Ltd v Wileman’

Unfair dismissal claims can only be brought if an employee has worked for a qualifying period of two years. The effective date of termination (EDT) is crucial in calculating whether an employee has sufficient qualifying service.

 

Should you pay national minimum wage for sleep-in/on-call workers?

Stephanie Bowen

‘Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake’
This case considered whether two care workers (Mrs Tomlinson-Blake and Mr Shannon) were entitled to national minimum wage for the whole time they were ‘on-call’ during the night, or just when their services were called upon.

Case Law update - Confusion over Shared Parental Leave

Stephanie Bowen

In our last monthly update we commented on the case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd. This case concluded that it was not discriminatory to pay a woman on maternity leave an enhanced rate of pay, compared to a man taking shared parental leave.

Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination – what’s new?

Emma Edis

The Government Equalities Offices has recently published new guidance on Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination. 

Right to itemised pay statements to be extended to all workers

Stephanie Bowen

With effect from 6 April 2019, every worker will have the right to an itemised pay statement. This must be at or before the time at which any payment of wages or salary is made.

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