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Archive for the ‘Employment’ Category

General Election 2017 – Party Employment Law Proposals & Changes

Theresa May’s announcement in April explaining that there would be a snap general election on 8 June surprised many. It isn't all about Brexit and many will be pleased to learn that employment law proposals feature in many of the political parties’ manifestos, many focusing on an extension of worker’s rights. It is therefore appropriate an...

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Employment Law Update – April 2017

Report from Work and Pensions Committee condemns bogus self-employment practices in the Gig Economy

The Work and Pensions Committee has published a report suggesting that the Government must stop ‘bogus’ self-employment practices, which are potentially creating an extra burden on the welfare state whilst also reducing tax contributions to HMRC. As part of the inves...

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Employment Law Update – March 2017

There are a number of new employment law developments and changes coming into force in April 2017.  Let’s take a look at some of them:
  • Gender Pay Gap reporting
New laws become effective from April 2017 affecting larger employers with 250 or more employees. Thes...

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Employment Law Update – January 2017

2017 looks like a busy year for UK employment law both in terms of legislative changes and case law developments.  Here is a snap-shot of some of the major changes that can be expected: - Gender Pay Gap Reporting The Regulations are due to come into force on 6 April 2017 and affect private sector organisations with 250 or more employees. ACAS and the Government Equalit...

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Prime Minister Confirms Protection Of Workers’ Rights

Prime Minister Theresa May has at the start of the Conservative Party Conference given hope to many workers in the UK that current employment laws will be protected, and that new ones will be implemented to reflect modern-day work practices. Firstly in debating the continuing saga of Brexit the Prime Minister has now confirmed that a Great Repeal Bill will form part of the next Queen’s speec...

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National Minimum Wage Change

The National Minimum Wage will increase on 1 October 2016 in line with the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations. Legislation in the form of the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No2) Regulations will increase the payments as follows:
  • Workers aged between 21 and under 25 – The hourly rate rises from £6.70 to £6.95
  • Workers aged between 18 and 21 – The hourly rate rise...

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Employment Law Update – August 2016

Rise in women on maternity leave facing discrimination A survey by Citizens Advice reports a 60% rise in women reporting that they have been the victim of discrimination at work when they take maternity leave. Poor practices from employers include reducing hours of work, placing staff on zero hour’s contracts, changing roles when returning to work and making their roles redu...

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Employment Law Update – July 2016

No changes to employment law says the Secretary of State for Brexit The Secretary of State for Brexit– David Davis – has suggested that UK employment law will not be radically changed after the UK leaves the European Union. He said in a blog for Conservative Home that ‘Britain has a relatively flexible workforce, and so long as the employment law environment stays reasona...

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Employment Update – June 2016

The modern Slavery Act 2015 and the implications for suppliers The modern Slavery Act includes a provision requiring businesses with a minimum turnover of £36million per annum and which supply goods and services to provide a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year. The requirement is to provide a statement of the steps taken to ensure that slavery and...

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What Are The Implications For UK Employment Law In The Event Of Brexit?

A referendum will take place in the United Kingdom (UK) on 23 June 2016 to determine whether the country remains or leaves the European Union (EU). This is commonly known in the media as ‘Brexit’. Much of the debate has focused on immigration, sovereignty and the economy. However, what is unclear in the event of Brexit is what will happen to employment rights in the UK and whether they are at r...

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