Statutory Pay Rate Increases

As of 1 April 2018, the statutory rates of pay for family-related leave will increase. This relates to maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave. The statutory weekly rate of pay will rise from £140.98 to £145.18 (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if less that this amount) for maternity, paternity and shared Read more about Statutory Pay Rate Increases[…]

Guidance for employers to support working parents with premature or sick babies

ACAS has reported that over 95,000 premature or sick babies are born each year in the UK. As a result, it has issued new guidance for employers in supported affected parents they employ.   What is the law?   All new mothers are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave, either ordinary or additional. Maternity Read more about Guidance for employers to support working parents with premature or sick babies[…]

Notice of Termination of Employment – Be Aware of the Rules

Which of the below statements would you say is true with regards to employers serving employees notice of termination of their employment? A.) Notice is counted from the date of the notice of termination of employment letter was dated. B.) Notice is counted from the date of the notice of termination of employment letter was Read more about Notice of Termination of Employment – Be Aware of the Rules[…]

Supreme Court rules Employment Tribunal fees unlawful

Following the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in 2013, tribunals have seen a reduction in cases brought to them. The introduction of the fees caused a debate as people felt it was limiting access to justice. This week, the Supreme Court has ruled that the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees back in 2013 was unlawful and Read more about Supreme Court rules Employment Tribunal fees unlawful[…]

Notice entitlement and long-term sick leave

Employers terminating an employee’s contract of employment who is on long-term sick leave, have exhausted all statutory and employer sick pay and have no prospect of returning to work based on medical evidence can be perfectly within their rights to do so provided that they follow a fair process. When terminating any employment contract, whether Read more about Notice entitlement and long-term sick leave[…]

Tax-free Childcare scheme? Guidance for Employees and Employers.

The new scheme enables eligible parents to receive a contribution from the Government of 20% of their childcare costs, up to an annual limit of £2,000 per child or in the case of a disabled child up to £4,000. The scheme operates between Parents and the Government, technically employers need to do nothing. Parents can Read more about Tax-free Childcare scheme? Guidance for Employees and Employers.[…]

Employment Status – Guidelines from ACAS and Tool from HMRC

With the changing nature of work, employment status is not as clearly defined as it was in the past when more traditional working arrangements were dominant. There have been quite a few tribunal cases in recent months that investigated the employment status of claimants. From these cases, it was evident that employment status can be Read more about Employment Status – Guidelines from ACAS and Tool from HMRC[…]

Dress code and expression of religious beliefs in the workplace

What employers can and can’t do in terms of dress code and expression of religious beliefs in the workplace can be a grey area. Two recent European rulings provide a bit more clarity when it comes to this area. Based on current case law, applying a dress code policy that imposes a restriction on wearing Read more about Dress code and expression of religious beliefs in the workplace[…]

How to dismiss employees on long-term sick leave

Dealing with employees, or unfortunately dismissing employees, who are on long-term sick leave can be a challenge for a lot of employers. Although the underlying reasons for being off sick can be completely genuine, having an employee on long-term sick leave can mean and emotional as well as a financial challenge to the employer. It Read more about How to dismiss employees on long-term sick leave[…]

Changes in Employment Law and Statutory Rates April 2017

April is a month of change in terms of employment law and Statutory Rates As well as the increase in the national minimum wage and the national living wage, the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and increase of the statutory redundancy pay, the following will also change. The rates for statutory family-related pay and sick Read more about Changes in Employment Law and Statutory Rates April 2017[…]