Category: Newsletters

Guidance on avoiding problems when hiring foreign workers

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 »

Holiday Pay – Latest Rulings

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 »

HMRC’s Approach to Employment Status

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 »

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): An Initial Guide

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 »

April 2017 Changes

Minimum Wage 2017 The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (‘the regulations’), have been published and they will come into effect from 1st April 2017: The National Living Wage for 25-year-olds and over will increase by 30p from £7.20 for to £7.50. The Adult rate (21-24) will increase to £7.05 an hour, which is… Read more »

New Statutory Figures – April 2017

The annual increase in compensation limits has just been announced. The limits apply to dismissals (redundancies or detriments etc.) occurring on, or after 6th April 2017: £489.00 – the maximum amount of a week’s pay for calculating statutory redundancy pay, and the basic award; (up from £479.00) £14,670.00 – the maximum statutory redundancy payment or… Read more »

The Apprenticeship Levy in 2017

The apprenticeship levy, which the Government hopes will help create three million new apprentices by 2020, is due to come into force in April. Introduction There is no doubt that apprenticeships are a valuable part of the UK economy, with much of the business community initially welcoming a chance to develop this route into the… Read more »

Recent Issues around Employer’s Vicarious Liability

The concept of vicarious liability means that if an employee injures someone in the course of their employment, that injured person may sue the employer for damages, i.e. recovering compensation for death or injury caused by alleged breaches of health and safety. Therefore, an employer can be liable for a civil wrong committed by an… Read more »

Heatwave and the Workplace

According to the Met Office we are already into the summer as of 1st June. True to form as the weather heats up those of us who spend all of our time indoors at work will, in our spare time, be heading out into our gardens or up the coast in an attempt to stop… Read more »

Further New Statutory Figures

The annual increase in compensation limits has just been announced. The limits apply to dismissals (redundancies or detriments etc.) occurring on, or after 6th April 2017: £489.00 – the maximum amount of a week’s pay for calculating statutory redundancy pay, and the basic award; (up from £479.00) £14,670.00 – the maximum statutory redundancy payment or… Read more »