Following two European harassment cases that resulted in compensation being awarded, what constitutes as harassment in the work place?
All workers are entitled to take holiday and must be paid the same amount of pay whilst on holiday as they usually would, had they been at work. Holiday pay must include overtime, bonuses and commission if they usually make up part of someone’s normal weekly pay.
The government has published a whitepaper, entitled “the Future Relationship Between the UK and the European Union”, in which it is proposed that there be no regression in the UK’s employment laws following its exit from the European Union.
The Met Office has issued amber weather warnings for the end of this week with temperatures set to reach as high as 34 degrees celsius in some parts of the country. Unfortunately for those seeking a day off work because of the heat, there are no laws in the UK about when it is too hot to work.
It is common for elderly, disabled or vulnerable individuals to have care packages that require their carers to stay overnight at their home. The thought being that the carer can be called upon immediately should assistance be required throughout the night. Are these carers who are technically ‘on call’ therefore entitled to be paid national minimum wage whilst they sleep?
Employees are entitled to raise a grievance if they have a concern, problem or complaint at work. It could be the way the way a colleague or manager is treating them, concerns regarding a task they have been instructed to do or being subjected to unreasonable treatment.
An increasingly demanding work culture is creating a work/life imbalance. Gone are the days where working 9 till 5, 5 days a week is the norm. Expectations have evolved; individuals are working longer hours and spending more time working out of the office, at home. Advances in technology mean individuals have greater flexibility towards how, when and where they work.
The nation is at fever pitch with the World Cup in Russia kicking off today. Up and down the country flags are appearing and people are preparing for a month full of football.
But how do you juggle watching all of the games and work? With this year’s World cup being hosted in Russia the different time zones mean some games are kicking off as early as 11am. England’s matches are luckily all evening games or at the weekend, but this doesn’t account for fans supporting a different country.
The gender pay gap has been a discussion point, topic of debate and point of interest for decades. In an attempt to increase awareness and begin processes to address the issue, the UK government has introduced compulsory reporting of the gender pay gap for all businesses and organisations with more than 250 employees, with returns mandatory by the 5th April 2018. The report was based upon a snapshot of earnings for all employees for a given date at the start of April 2017.
In February 2018, two new Orders were placed before Parliament which are set to change the requirements of information on payslips based on the contents of The Taylor Review, published in July 2017, in which recommendations were made to increase the rights of workers. The Orders placed before Parliament follow the recent response from the government to this Review, which, amongst other items, confirmed that they would be introducing legislation to extend the right to receive a payslip to all workers. This all-encompassing ‘workers’ umbrella includes those on casual and zero-hours contracts.
Major changes to employment status are imminent. It is time to review contracts and assess business position in terms of employment law.
In the requirement to review employment contracts for all, we have reached the next stage in plans for the major shake-up of employment law, which began with the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices- a review requested by the Prime Minister as a reaction, in part, to the growth of the UK’s gig economy.
The Government have recently stated that they will actively contact all potential claimants who are yet to request a refund on Employment Tribunal fees paid out during the 4-year period from July 2013.
The Employment Tribunal refund scheme opened on the 16th November 2017. The scheme enabled those who were charged fees to take a tribunal to court between the 29th July 2013 and 26th July 2017 to apply for a refund.
Dispelling the myth that Stress, Anxiety and Depression are all the same.
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event held to raise the profile of mental health in an attempt to break the stigmas associated with the matter and encourage people to be more open about it.
This year’s focus is towards tackling stress. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to reduce mental health problems such as anxiety and depression and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.
Is paying mothers and fathers different rates discrimination?
A recent UK court case has shone a light on the complexities of gender discrimination in the context of employment law. The Hextall v Leicestershire Police case arose when a police officer opted to take shared parental leave following the birth of his child, but was paid only the statutory rate, as opposed to the enhanced rate that a mother receives when taking maternity leave.
GDPR harmonises data protection legislation within Europe and will update the current regime, which is over 20 years old.
GDPR introduces new rights, larger penalties and new accountability, which means the data controller is responsible for and must be able to demonstrate that they have complied with the relevant processing principles. There are real consequences if it is wrong.