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A Guide to Unfair Dismissal

Only employees have the right not to be unfairly dismissed. The right does not extend, for example, to people who are self-employed, independent contractors, members of the armed forces or workers employed under an illegal contract – e.g. a bar person under the age of 18. Unless a dismissal is ‘automatically unfair’, an employee must… Read more »

A Guide to the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations

In spite of the Equal Pay Act 1970, which prohibited less favourable treatment between men and women in terms of pay and conditions, and subsequent equality laws, there is still a significant gap between the pay of men and women in the UK. To try to remedy this, the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap… Read more »

Do you need Zero Hour Contracts?

Despite the negative publicity surrounding Zero-Hours Contracts (ZHCs) they are suitable for some industries (retail, manufacturing, care, hospitality) and some individuals because of the flexibility that comes with them. ZHCs can be used to manage peak or seasonal work or where the workload is otherwise irregular or even to cover short-term absences. Our advice is… Read more »

A Guide to Equal Pay Audits

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay and conditions where they are in the same employment and are doing the same or similar work, work rated as equivalent or work of equal value. An employer only has a defence against… Read more »

National Minimum Wage and Statutory Pay Rates

The following changes to the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will come into effect on 1 April 2017: The NLW for those aged 25 and over will increase from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour; The NMW for 21- to 24-year-olds will increase from £6.95 per hour to… Read more »

In Brief: Guidance on Recruiting and Retaining Transgender Employees

In partnership with Inclusive Employers – a membership organisation for employers looking to build inclusive workplaces – the Government has produced guidance designed to provide employers with practical advice, suggestions and ideas on the recruitment and retention of transgender employees and potential employees. It is also a useful guide for the managers of trans staff… Read more »