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A number of employment law reforms came into force on 1 October 2014. Here Addleshaw Goddard reports on each of the reforms.
Acas has published new guidance for employers on managing bereavement in the workplace. This aims to be a good-practice guide for employers.
Failure to pay male employee enhanced additional paternity pay equivalent to enhanced maternity pay not discriminatory
An employer’s decision to pay statutory paternity pay during additional paternity leave, while offering generous enhanced maternity pay to women on maternity leave, did not amount to sex discrimination.
It’s a question of trust — why do so many employment disputes arise from a breach of trust and confidence?
Employers and employees often rely on the trust and confidence term when they wish to leave the relationship. The outcome is significant.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has published further guidance on shared parental leave, covering some of the more technical aspects of the scheme.
Data Issues Roundup — new Irish data protection commissioner appointed; Racing Post falls short on IT security; and more
Addleshaw Goddard has released the 15 September 2014 issue of its Data Issues Roundup publication.
The Court of Appeal in has considered the effect of a lease provision requiring a repeat guarantee as a condition of landlord’s consent on intragroup assignment.
Welcome to the latest edition of Addleshaw Goddard’s Employee Incentives Update, which contains a round-up of key developments in this area during August 2014.
Zero-hours contracts: new consultation on tackling avoidance of forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses
The government has published a new consultation seeking views on avoidance of the forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts.
From 5 April 2015, eligible employees will have the right to opt into a new system of shared parental leave.
The Office of Tax Simplification published its final report on the taxation of employee benefits and expenses and termination payments on 31 July 2014.
New right for those in ‘qualifying relationship’ with a pregnant woman or her expected child to attend antenatal appointments
Employees and agency workers in a ‘qualifying relationship’ with a pregnant woman can now take unpaid time off work to accompany the woman to antenatal appointments.
A recent maternity case (Smith-Twigger v Abbey Protection Group) has illustrated the importance of maintaining contact during the maternity-leave period.
Factors the EAT will take into account when making an order for the repayment of an appellant's fees
The EAT has considered the factors that should be taken into account when considering making an order for repayment of a successful appellant’s EAT fees.
The High Court has held that an employer was entitled to waive an employee’s repudiatory breach of contract and keep the contract of employment alive.
Consultations released on implementation of energy efficiency regulation of the private rented sector
The Department for Energy & Climate Change has published the long-awaited consultation on implementing the provisions of the Energy Act 2011.
The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court judge’s decision to add words to a non-compete restriction, which had originally offered the employer very little protection.
Relaxation of information and consultation requirements for micro-employers for transfers taking place on or after 31 July 2014
Regulation 13 of TUPE 2006 obliges employers to inform and consult with ‘appropriate representatives’ of the employees who are affected by the transfer.
The EAT has held that a grievance outcome letter sent from an HR Officer was capable of binding the employer to a new pay grade.
HR managers have to deal with a range of challenging situations, but senior executive hiring remains an area that is particularly fraught.