Posts Categorized: Employment and HR

New Minimum Wage Rates

The Government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) on the rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) that will apply from 1 October 2012. The revised rates are as follows: The adult hourly rate of the NMW will increase from £6.08 to £6.19; The development rate (which covers workers aged 18-20… Read more »

Government Reviews the Dismissal Process

The Government is carrying out a review of the current dismissal process and is seeking the views of employers, employees and all other interested parties on whether the procedures, including the ACAS Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance, are too onerous, too complex and not generally well understood. One proposal is the introduction of… Read more »

No Such Concept as ‘Self-Dismissal’

In Zulhayir v JJ Food Service Ltd., the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an employee was not ‘self-dismissed’ because he failed to respond to a letter from his employer stating that he would be taken to have terminated his employment contract by his own volition if he did not reply. Mr Zulhayir was employed… Read more »

Planned Changes to Unfair Dismissal Rights

The Government has confirmed that the qualification period for the right to claim unfair dismissal will be extended from one to two years from 6 April 2012. The proposal was one of the reforms suggested in the ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’ consultation, which sought views on a variety of proposals aimed at removing barriers to business… Read more »

Reforms to the Employment Law System

The Government has announced its proposals for reform of the employment law system following its consultation, ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’, and the Red Tape Challenge review of employment law. The aim is to replace overburdensome regulation whilst safeguarding workers’ rights, with a focus on settling disputes without resort to an Employment Tribunal (ET). The proposals arising… Read more »

Employee or Self-Employed – Mutuality of Obligation

Employees, or their dependants, are entitled to claim damages for injury caused by a workplace accident if: • there was a duty of care owed to the injured person; • that duty was not performed; and • it was reasonably foreseeable that harm would result from a failure to discharge the duty of care. In… Read more »