Auto-Enrolment – Increase in Minimum Required Contribution Levels

Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK has a duty to enrol certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. Employers are reminded that the minimum required contribution levels to auto-enrolment pension schemes or qualifying workplace pension schemes (based on a worker’s ‘qualifying earnings’) increase from 6 April 2018. From… Read more »

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – A Reminder

Whilst the BBC has recently headlined the news on the topic of differences in pay between male and female employees, it is important to remember that the requirement to publish annual gender pay gap data applies to all private sector employers with 250 or more employees and the deadline for reporting on the year commencing… Read more »

Veteran Car Salesman Wins Damages for TUPE Breach

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) apply to any size of business and protect the employment rights of employees when their employer changes as a result of the relevant transfer of a business or a part of one. However, some employers still appear to be unaware of the consequences of breaking… Read more »

New National Minimum Wage Rates

The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2018 were published on 6 February and provide for the following changes to the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates with effect from 1 April 2018: The NLW, which applies to those aged 25 and over, will increase from £7.50 to £7.83 per… Read more »

In Brief: Acas E-learning Modules

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) offers useful electronic learning modules on a variety of topics. These include: Acas Codes of Practice; Bullying & Harassment; Conflict Resolution; Contracts of Employment & Written Statements; Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Adjustments; Discipline & Grievance; Equality & Diversity; Flexible working; Handling Redundancy; Managing People; Mental Health Awareness for… Read more »

Workplace Stress – An Employer’s Duties

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published the findings of its sixteenth absence management survey, carried out in partnership with Simplyhealth. This provides useful benchmarking data for organisations on absence levels and the cost and causes of absence, as well as information on employee wellbeing. The number of organisations that reported seeing… Read more »

Vicarious Liability in the Workplace

The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases that dealt with the vicarious liability of employers for incidents that took place at work. Employee’s Extreme Acts In the first case (Mohamud v Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc) the Supreme Court upheld a damages claim brought by Ahmed Mohamud, an innocent customer who suffered serious head injuries… Read more »

The Right to Privacy and the Workplace

In the long-running case of Bărbulescu v Romania, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) looked at an employer’s right to examine an employee’s use of office computers for sending personal communications during working hours, in breach of the employer’s internal regulations, and ruled that the monitoring of the electronic communications was reasonable and an… Read more »

The Corporate Manslaughter Act

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 established a new statutory offence of corporate manslaughter (corporate culpable homicide in Scotland). An organisation is guilty of the offence if the way in which it manages or organises its activities causes a death and amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care to… Read more »

Employee Rest Breaks

Employers Must Be Proactive to Ensure Workers Get Proper Breaks Except in certain circumstances, an adult worker whose daily working time is more than six hours is entitled to a 20-minute uninterrupted rest break as laid down by Regulation 12(1) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). In an important test case concerning a bus… Read more »