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Government publishes new proposed statutory parental payments rates and SSP for 2019/20

The Government has published the proposed new benefit and pension rates for 2019 to 2020. From April 2019 the standard rate for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), Statutory ...

Article by Makbool Javaid December 4, 2018

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Holiday pay calculation cannot be pro-rated for a term-time worker

Can an employer pro-rata holiday pay for a part-year teacher who is employed on a term-by-term basis? “No” confirmed the Court of Appeal in Brazel v The Harpur Trust. The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) ...

Article by Makbool Javaid August 12, 2019

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Government proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss

The DWP has opened a consultation seeking views on different ways in which the Government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss. The proposals include: (i) making changes to the legal ...

Article by Makbool Javaid August 17, 2019

parents

Government publishes proposals on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents

The Government has published its response to the consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents which proposes four changes to existing legislation: (1) ensure the redundancy protection period applies from the point ...

Article by Makbool Javaid August 8, 2019

health

Government consults on measures to provide additional support for employed parents

The Government has opened a consultation on its overall approach to parental leave and pay seeking views on three main proposals to provide additional support for employed parents: (a) a range of high-level options for ...

Article by Makbool Javaid August 9, 2019

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Helpline launched giving free legal advice for women experiencing sexual harassment

The charity organisation Rights of Women has launched a helpline offering free legal advice for women experiencing sexual harassment. The helpline is open for two hours on Mondays and Tuesdays and advice includes: identifying sexual ...

Article by Makbool Javaid August 15, 2019

legal challenges

Research shows a Deny, Delay, Defend approach to whistleblowing

An All Party Parliamentary Group looking at the costs of whistleblowing has found that of 336 whistleblowers surveyed, 77.8% declared that the organisation retaliated against them, 14.2% indicated that organisation was not supportive and just ...

Article by Makbool Javaid August 10, 2019

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Acas have published new guidance on suspending an employee from work

Acas has published new guidance on suspension, where an employee continues to be employed but does not have to attend work or do any work. The guidance covers suspension as part of a disciplinary procedure, ...

Article by Makbool Javaid June 26, 2018

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Fundamental shift needed for enforcing the Equality Act

The Women and Equalities Committee has published a report on Enforcing the Equality Act which states that the individual approach to enforcement of equality law is no longer fit for purpose. The report argues against ...

Article by Makbool Javaid August 16, 2019

Legal Updates

HR’s role limited to advice on the law and following procedure

In Ramphal v Department for Transport, the employer launched an investigation into possible misconduct by Ramphal (R) in relation to his expenses and use of hire cars. A manager, Goodchild (G), was appointed to conduct ...

Article by Viola Lloyd January 8, 2016