After the Brexit vote and the fall in the value of sterling, it may become harder to entice EU migrants to work within the UK, so there may be even more focus on recruiting people from outside of the EU. There is often great value to organisations in employing workers from overseas. This approach opens… Read more »
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There have been recent cases on the subject of holidays and the need to comply with EU law, specifically the Working Time Directive. Overtime In Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that voluntary overtime that is normally worked should be included when calculating an employee’s holiday pay. In recent… Read more »
HM Revenue and Customs have come up with something to help employers and workers to establish if someone is genuinely self-employed. It is an online tool to determine for tax purposes, whether an individual is an employee or self-employed. That is different, of course, to whether they have ‘worker’ status – something which the taxman… Read more »
Morrisons staff are to be awarded a pay-out over a data breach that occurred, when a disgruntled former member of its staff stole the data of thousands of employees and posted it online. Morrisons has been found liable for the actions of the employee by the High Court with the ruling opening the possibility for… Read more »
Many employers have been rather slow to recognise work related driving as a major risk factor to employees. The HSE has now made it clear that employers have duties to manage the risks faced by their workers on the road. This includes not just professional drivers, but any employee who is required to travel as… Read more »
Talking to many organisations it is apparent that a considerable number are not currently complying with the Data Protection Act 1998. In May, the law on data protection changes again and will be even more rigorous in how organisations acquire, process and dispose of data, particularly personal data. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has made… Read more »
The case of Ms Carolina Gomes v. Henworth Limited t/a Winkworth Estate Agents & anor. serves as a useful reminder to be careful when selecting your choice of words when talking to employees. Ms Gomes started working for an estate agency business in 2009. In 2015 she was transferred to another franchise as an administrative… Read more »
The Harvey Weinstein scandal, and allegations at Westminster, amongst others, has once again placed the spotlight on sexual harassment reporting. Victims of sexual harassment are often reluctant to report incidents for fear of retaliation, being disbelieved or public embarrassment. Sexual harassment might be obvious, insidious, persistent or an isolated incident. It can also occur in… Read more »
Despite Brexit, the UK will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it comes into force on 25th May 2018. The GDPR harmonises the ‘patchwork quilt’ of 28 different EU Member States’ laws with a single, unifying data protection law. It hugely increases penalties for non-compliance, and takes account of globalisation and the ever-changing… Read more »
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is bringing the first pensions auto-enrolment prosecution over allegations that a bus company deliberately avoided enrolling staff into a workplace pension scheme. Stotts Tours (Oldham) Limited has been accused of intentionally not enrolling its 36 employees into a workplace pension. Managing Director Alan Stott has also been individually prosecuted for “consenting… Read more »