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Recent law changes in chronological order, plus highlighted headlines.
142 worker deaths in the past year, as downward trend slows.
This article outlines some of the key issues for care sector employers to consider when preparing their business for the changes from 2016 onwards.
Large retailers will soon be required to prepare an annual statement identifying the steps they have taken to ensure their supply chains are free from forced labour.
The FBI ’Darkode’ arrests are just the tip of the iceberg. This briefing highlights risks to you in five key areas.
More radical change for pensions download
Consultation on tax relief reform likely to lead to heated debate.
Key issues employers should consider to prepare their business for the change.
Walker Morris’ employment law tracker highlights recent and forthcoming key legislative changes...
The dangers of working at heights download
There has been a raft of recent cases where the Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted individuals and firms who have permitted staff and others to suffer injury while working at height.
Your sponsorship licence may be at risk if you do not keep up with the immigration paperwork. The recent case outlined here serves as a cautionary tale and highlights the need to have tight controls in place.
There remain some users that ignore social and workplace etiquette online. Such ignorance, whether intentional or not, can cause problems for businesses.
In a summary judgment decision, HHJ Hacon in the IPEC found that the registration by an employee of the defendant of domain names constituted passing off.
British Gas will appeal against the Employment Tribunal’s decision that employers must take account of commission when calculating holiday pay.
No need to aggregate redundancies.
Top tips for employers and other contracting parties as judgment requires additional considerations of ‘reasonableness’.
Case law round-up – April 2015 download
Ten per cent uplift on damages does not apply to injury to feelings awards in the Employment Tribunals – Chawla v Hewlett Packard Ltd [UKEAT/427/13].
Increases to statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and sick pay and increases to Tribunal awards download
The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £76,574 to £78,335 and the maximum amount of a week’s pay, used to calculate statutory redundancy payments and the basic award for unfair dismissal will rise from £464 to £475.
It may well be that this significant increase is attributable to increased awareness by employees of the concept of ‘zero hours’ contracts.
It had previously been thought that a worker’s request would not be reasonable if the choice of companion was unreasonable (and this was reflected in the ACAS Code) but in the case of Toal and another v GB Oils Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that a worker’s right to choose their companion (within the statutory categories) is absolute.