New Employment Law Reforms

The Government has published for consultation a package of reforms aimed at simplifying and speeding up the process of ending the employment relationship when it breaks down. This includes: a consultation on how settlement agreements, a simplified form of compromise agreement for use when employers wish to negotiate a termination package with an employee without… Read more »

Court of Appeal Advises on Dealing With Allegations of Misconduct

The Court of Appeal has ruled (Crawford and another v Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) that procedural defects in the disciplinary process adopted by their employer rendered unfair the dismissals of two long-serving nurses who worked on a ward for patients suffering from depression, anxiety or dementia. Mrs Crawford, Mr Preston and two health… Read more »

Low Pay Commission Consults on the Accommodation Offset

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) was established following the introduction of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Act 1998 to advise the Government on the NMW rates and other issues of relevance. In its remit for the 2013 report, the Government asked the LPC to review the regulations that apply where employers provide accommodation for their… Read more »

ACAS Guidance on Maternity Rights and Redundancy

Currently, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) helpline receives 15,000 calls a year from employers and employees seeking advice on pregnancy or maternity and redundancy issues. In response to the need for information on this topic, ACAS, in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has published new guidance entitled ‘Managing redundancy for… Read more »

Redundancy and the Pool for Selection

Redundancy is a potentially fair reason for dismissal, but may be found to be unfair – for example if a particular employee is unfairly selected for redundancy. Where the decision to make someone redundant follows the reasonable application of a fair process, it will not be open to question, however. In Halpin v Sandpiper Books… Read more »

Reform of the Collective Redundancy Rules

Following a call for evidence on the operation of the rules that apply to consulting with employees when collective redundancies are necessary, the Government has published a consultation outlining its proposed reforms. The proposals include: introducing a new, non-statutory Code of Practice to give clearer information on how to conduct good quality consultations; reducing the… Read more »

ACAS Guidance for Employers on the Olympic Games

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has issued guidance for employers on some of the issues that might arise in connection with the London 2012 Olympic Games, which commence on 27 July. For example, an employee may wish to take time off work to attend or may have been selected as one of the… Read more »

The Employment Status of Partners

Whether or not someone is a partner or an employee of a business will depend on the exact nature of the relationship and the agreement that exists between the parties. In Tiffin v Lester Aldridge LLP, the Court of Appeal has upheld the findings of the Employment Tribunal (ET) and The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)… Read more »

The Olympic Games – Are You Prepared?

With only a couple of months to go before the London 2012 Olympic Games commence on 27 July 2012, employers are reminded of the importance of having a clear policy in place to handle last-minute requests for time off work or to work flexibly in order to watch specific events. It is important that employees… Read more »