• Government seeking consultation on proposed changes to the taxation of termination payments.

    The government is considering how they can make the tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) treatment of termination payments simpler and fairer and wants to hear your views on how that can be achieved. The consultation particularly seeks views on: removing the distinction between contractual and non-contractual termination payments and whether this will make it…
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  • The key employment law changes in 2015!

    January Holiday pay – regulations come into force placing a two year limit on claims for unfair reduction from wages claims in respect of holiday pay – will apply to claims presented on or after 1 July 2015. The regulations also implicitly state that the right to paid holiday is not incorporated as a term in…
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  • Managing sickness absence – assessment and advice service.

    A health and work assessment and advisory service is to be introduced, offering free occupational health assistance for employees, employers and GPs. The service can provide an occupational health assessment after four weeks of sickness absence. Further information is available from http://www.fitforworkscotland.scot/

  • UK unemployment rates fall to 5.4%

    Main points from UK Labour Market, October 2015. There were 31.12 million people in work, 140,000 more than for March to May 2015 and 359,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 22.77 million people working full-time, 291,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.35 million people working part-time, 68,000 more than…
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  • Two-fifths of employers report increase in employee mental illness.

    Workloads, management style and relations with colleagues are main causes, finds CIPD Absence Management survey An increase in mental ill-health among workers has been reported by two-fifths of employers questioned in the CIPD’s 2015 Absence Management survey. Respondents to the annual survey pointed to heavy workloads, management style and difficult relationships with colleagues as the…
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  • Domestic worker awarded £184k in UK’s first caste discrimination case.

    An employment tribunal case which ruled a woman had been discriminated against because of her caste gives a “warning” to employers to ensure they are recruiting, paying and promoting on merit, an employment lawyer has said. Permila Tirkey, recruited from India and paid just 11p an hour to be a cleaner and nanny for a…
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