• Contracts of Employment or Main Terms and Conditions of Employment

      Contracts of Employment or Statement of Main Terms and Conditions of Employment. Anyone who is employed is entitled to a Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment which is the foundation of a contract of employment. It used to be that your employer was allowed up to 8 weeks to provide this, but recent […]

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  • Maternity Discrimination

    Maternity Discrimination When you become pregnant you gain a raft of employment rights that are not available to anyone else and despite there being a wealth of information available on the internet, it seems that some employers are not even aware of the basics. Therefore, it is important that you know some of your rights. […]

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  • National Living Wage & National Minimum Wage 2022

    National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage You are probably aware that the NLW and NMW increase each year. The Chancellor has announced that from April 2022 the National Living wage will increase by 6.6% to £9.50 per hour (currently it is £8.91). The National Minimum Wage for people aged 21-22 will rise from £8.36 […]

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  • Suspended from work – is it fair?

    Have you been suspended from work, perhaps that was not the right or fair course of action? Suspension letters always say that the suspension is a neutral act, which does not indicate the guilt or innocence of the suspended employee. However, it is easy to see why someone might feel aggrieved at being suspended and […]

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  • Payslips

    Payslips An important change for April 2019 is that your employers need to provide you with a payslip whether you are an employee or a worker and those payslips need to provide more information. All staff are entitled to a payslip for each pay period and if you are hourly paid that slip must now […]

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  • National Living Wage

    The National Living Wage increased by 4.9% in April 2019 – All employers must pay at least the National Living Wage to all employees or workers who are 25 years old or over. There are separate rates (National Minimum Wage) for younger employees or workers. The current National Living Wage is set at £7.83 per […]

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  • Disability Discrimination – when is cancer a disability?

    Certain conditions are automatically deemed by the Equality Act 2010 to be disabilities.  These include cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis irrespective of whether they are symptomatic.  Workers who are disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act are, of course, protected from being unlawfully discriminated against in the course  of their employment and their employer […]

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  • Minimum Wage Increase

      From 1 April 2018 the following minimum wage rates apply:   25 years and above £7.83 (previously £7.50) 21-24 years £7.38 (previously £7.05) 18-20 years £5.90 (previously £5.60) Younger than 18 £4.20 (previously £4.05)

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  • New employment tribunal statistics published

      For the period October to December 2017, single employment tribunal claims increased by 90% following the abolition of tribunal fees. This has led to the tribunals becoming extremely busy so that new claims are currently taking many months before being listed for hearing.  Some cases which we issued earlier this year have been listed for […]

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  • Taxation of Termination Payments

    From 6 April 2018 new rules in relation to the taxation of termination payments come into force. Previously where a written contract of employment was silent as to notice pay,  an employer could make a notice payment gross and it fell within the £30,000 exemption from tax available on termination.  This would often be beneficial to both employer […]

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