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.
If the beast from the east struck again
A year ago this month ‘The Beast from the East’ cold wave hit the UK, causing chaos up and down the country.
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.
Employment law update – December 2018
With the holiday season fast approaching we hope you enjoy reading through our last update of 2018.
In this edition we look at a dramatic rise in Employment Tribunal claims since fees for bringing an employment claim were abolished in July 2017.
We comment on the ruling of one of the most highly anticipated court judgements on the year – the ‘Gay Cake’ ruling.
We also provide an update on recent cases and news articles including bereavement leave and the right for working parents to have paid leave if they lose a child.
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.
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.
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.
Morrisons loses at High Court
The supermarket Morrisons has failed in its challenge to the High Court that it be held liable for a security breach that saw the personal information of thousands of its staff posted online. The case, the first data-leak class action in the UK, follows the events of 2014 when Andrew Skelton, then a senior internal auditor, sent the personal details – including names, addresses, salary and bank details – of almost 100,000 Morrisons employees to newspapers.