Disability benefits clauses require skillful drafting The recent case of Awan v ICTS UK Limited carries a warning to employers who offer generous employee benefits such as long-term sick pay and disability benefits because they could be a doubled edged…

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Employee entitled to trial period in job Failure to comply with a contractual obligation to offer a trial period in a redundancy situation is likely to be unfair as held in this case. The Employment Appeal Tribunal did not need…

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The Autumn budget included the following matters of interest to employers: National Minimum Wage From April 2019 the NMW will be increased to the following rates: • Apprentices: £3.90 an hour • 16-17 year olds: £4.35 an hour • 18-20…

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The government has announced that it intends to introduce legislation to ensure that tips left for workers will go to them in full. The new legislation will be introduced “at the earliest opportunity” and will set out that tips must…

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CIPD and Mind have published mental health guidance for employers. The guidance is aimed at helping managers improve their response to issues of poor mental health in employees. It aims to help managers identify warning signs early on as currently…

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Employee resignations not always straightforward The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an employee who gave notice anticipating an internal transfer had not resigned. The employee, in this case, applied for a role in another department within the hospital in…

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You’ve been asked for a reference Giving an employment reference can be a minefield. It’s easy to wax lyrical about members of staff who regularly make ’employee of the month’ status but what about the ones that you are secretly…

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The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 provides new statutory bereavement leave entitlements for bereaved parents which is akin to a hybrid form of paid compassionate leave at a most difficult and stressful time. The new bereavement leave is…

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The Government has confirmed that there will be no change to workers’ rights and protections in the event of a no deal Brexit. They will continue to have the same rights as they do now such as flexible working and…

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