Perceived Disability Discrimination

Under the Equality Act 2010, direct discrimination occurs when the reason for a person being treated less favourably than another is one of the protected characteristics covered by the Act. This means that someone who does not have a protected characteristic but has suffered less favourable treatment because they were wrongly thought to do so… Read more »

Video Surveillance at Work

Two recent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have looked at a worker’s right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to respect for private and family life. In such cases, the ECHR must examine whether the member state concerned has struck a… Read more »

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 »