• 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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  • Almost half of workers have left a job because of a bad boss, survey finds.

    And nearly a third don’t rate the skills of their current manager They say ‘people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers’, and a survey by B2B marketplace Approved Index may have proved that once and for all, discovering that nearly half (42 per cent) of employees have left a job because of a bad boss. In its…
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  • Neither one thing nor the other: how reducing bogus self-employment could benefit workers, business and the Exchequer.

    According to a recent Citizens Advice survey: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/policy/policy-research-topics/work-policy-research/neither-one-thing-nor-the-other/ self-employment is a work status that many people aspire to. It can offer freedom, flexibility and the chance to build a business from the ground up. It boosts the economy by helping people find work, many of whom go on to become employers as their businesses grow. Self-employment…
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  • Should employers take commission, overtime, bonuses and extra allowances into account when calculating holiday pay?

    Yes, employers must take into account commission, overtime, bonuses and extra allowances when calculating holiday pay. From a practical point of view most employers should assume that many of the extra payments they regularly make to employees must be included when working out the appropriate amount of holiday pay. The extra elements only have to…
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