Employment news

National minimum wage rate increases take effect

The following hourly rates of national minimum wage apply from 1 October 2016: The rate for workers aged 21 to 24 increases to £6.95. The development rate (workers aged 18 to 20) increases to £5.55. The young workers rate (non-apprentices...

Protecting disabled employee's pay can be a reasonable adjustment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that an employment tribunal was entitled to find that an employer was required, as a reasonable adjustment, to continue employing a disabled employee in a more junior role involving less physical activity,...

No discrimination where applicant applies for job solely to bring claim

An ECJ decision highlights that employers should be cautious of applying automated selection criteria to bulk job applications as unintentional discrimination against applicants could occur. While sham applications to bring claims do occasionally occur, such...

Pensions Regulator publishes update on auto-enrolment

In its annual commentary and analysis on the employer auto-enrolment reforms, the Pensions Regulator has revealed that more than 6.1 million workers had been successfully automatically enrolled since the reforms began in 2012, and the overall number of...

New illegal working offence now in force

Employers should be aware that the new illegal working offence is now in force. The new offence will enable the earnings of illegal workers to be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The existing criminal offence of knowingly employing an illegal...

Former company employee prosecuted for unlawfully obtaining client data

The recent prosecution by the Information Commissioner’s Office of an employee who transferred information about company clients before moving to a new job sends a clear message about the consequences of unlawfully obtaining client data. The former...

Disability discrimination: workplace culture and a failure to make reasonable adjustments

Employers should take note of an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision which acknowledges that workplace culture, involving a mixture of spoken and unspoken rules, can make people feel obliged to work in a particular way, even if is disadvantageous to...

Company directors imprisoned following conviction for health and safety breach

A recent Crown Court case provides a stark reminder of the serious potential consequences for company directors of a conviction for a breach of health and safety legislation. In this case, two company directors were imprisoned for gross negligence...

Entrepreneurs' Relief: Shareholding Requirements

Companies that have shares with no dividend rights in issue may need to review their impact on the shareholdings of employees and directors and, if necessary, consider either their cancellation or conversion in the light of two recent decisions. In the...

Avoiding unlawful discrimination in advertisements

Employers contemplating hiring new staff should take note of guidance published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission which indicates that many people may risk being denied access to jobs due to unlawful, discriminatory advertisements. In the last...
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