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Automatic for the people - Breach of Auto-Enrolment Pensions means Everybody Hurts

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The Pensions Act 2008 introduced legislation which required employers to provide pensions for their employees. The ‘Auto-Enrolment’ pension scheme means that employees are automatically required to deduct 3% of monies from an employee’s...

Brexit, pursued by a bear

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“Let boors and franklins say it, I'll swear it” ― William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale In advance of the publication of their manifesto, Theresa May has unveiled an initial list of Conservative employment policies. Most...

General Election 2017 Will our analysis of the Tories manifesto pledges give Mrs May the blues?

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With Brexit maintaining its position as being the political story on everyone’s lips, Teresa May’s decision to hold a general election on 8th June 2017 took many by surprise. The current government’s tenure will have lasted just over two...

Valentine's Day harassment in the workplace - Don't be a Stupid Cupid

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This Valentine’s Day, workers across the country will be confessing their love to their colleagues in a variety of different ways. Whilst this may be welcomed by some, it may lead others to feel very uncomfortable. This raises issues for employers in...

Worker Status for Uber Drivers

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In a recent ruling, Uber drivers were found to be workers, not self-employed by the Employment Tribunal. This recent decision reminds us just how subtle the distinction is between the different types of working arrangements… Types of working...

How the Acas Early Conciliation Scheme is faring

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The Acas Early Conciliation Scheme was brought in on 6th May 2014 as part of the coalition Government’s attempts to reduce the number of employment tribunal claims. The scheme requires aggrieved employees to notify Acas of their employment issue...

Nothing exclusive about zero-hours contracts - an Employment Law update

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In my blog post in April 2015, I outlined the various employment law proposals made by each political party in their manifestos’ leading up to the General Election in May. One change that all the main parties seemed to agree upon was that...

Fee for World Cup? Bribery in the workplace

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There was widespread surprise when FIFA confirmed it was awarding the 2022 Summer World Cup to Qatar; a country: whose Summer conditions make the playing of football almost impossible (leading to FIFA deciding to move the tournament to take place in...

[Series] Employer-Friendly Policies - Early Conciliation Process

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[This is part three of a three part series on the “employer-friendly” policies which the Coalition Government have implemented during their tenure.] The employer-friendly policies have the aim of reducing potential liabilities on employers...

Manifestos, polls and sausage rolls - an Employment Law guide to the election

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This coming general election has the potential to break the three party dominance of British politics, with a number of newer and smaller parties tipped to make significant gains. With an increase of alternatives, how will you decide how to cast your...

European courts consider whether obesity can be classed as a disability

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A recent discrimination case, heard in the Danish District Court, has led to the possibility that obesity could be classed as a ‘disability’. The claimant, Mr Kaltoft, worked as a child-minder for 15 years, until he was dismissed in November...

[Series] Employer-Friendly Policies - Time-Off for Pregnant Mothers' Partners for Ante-Natal Appointments

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[This is part two of a three part series on the “employer-friendly” policies which the Coalition Government have implemented during their tenure.] The employer-friendly policies have the aim of reducing potential liabilities on employers in...

[Series] Employer-Friendly Policies - Flexing Working Requests for All

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[This is part one of a three part series on the “employer-friendly” policies which the Coalition Government have implemented during their tenure.] The employer-friendly policies have the aim of reducing potential liabilities on employers in...

Overtime Pay Should Be Included Within Holiday Pay

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that payments in respect of regular non-guaranteed overtime should be included as part of a workers’ holiday pay. This decision follows hot on the heels of a recent decision by the European Court of...

Should Convicted Sports People Be Able to Compete Again?

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I was asked to answer this question recently on our local radio station (BBC Radio Northampton). This was a topic on Helen Blaby’s lunchtime show where they picked up on the subject following the Oscar Pistorius case and, more closer to home,...

ACAS Early Conciliation Process - It's Good to Conciliate

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As of 6th May 2014, claimants who wish to bring a tribunal claim against their employers must now engage in the compulsory “Early Conciliation” process. This process is facilitated by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)...