Employment law

Covert recordings during disciplinary procedure

Covert recording during breaks in disciplinary and grievance hearings

In DLA Piper’s case of the week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether or not the decision makers’ private…

Staff protest outside the National Gallery in January 2014. REX/Mark Thomas

Would raising the minimum wage to the living wage increase unemployment?

22 Apr 2014

Some commentators fear that increasing the national minimum wage to the living wage would have a catastrophic impact on the…

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Women-only shortlists

Should the UK introduce women-only shortlists for board positions?

15 Apr 2014

The lack of women occupying top spots in UK business is in the spotlight again, as business secretary Vince Cable…

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Tribunal watch: Gay man greeted with “hello darling” and limp wrist gesture

14 Apr 2014

An employment tribunal ordered an employer to pay £2,000 after finding that a manager’s comments about the claimant’s sexuality, including…

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Appeal panel

Unfair dismissal: no obligation on employer to follow independent appeal panel

14 Apr 2014

In DLA Piper’s case of the week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered a case in which the employer was…

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Maternity and Paternity Pay 2014

How much do you pay during maternity and paternity leave?

10 Apr 2014

XpertHR is carrying out a survey of occupational maternity and paternity pay rates offered by UK employers and we would…

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Red whistle

Key steps to avoid whistleblowing problems at work

10 Apr 2014

A report from the Whistleblowing Commission in November 2013 provided a timely reminder that uncapped employment tribunal awards are not…

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Early conciliation

Early conciliation and tribunal fees – the changing landscape for employment disputes

9 Apr 2014

From 6 May 2014, those seeking to bring an employment tribunal claim must first contact Acas so that an attempt at early conciliation can be made…

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Employment tribunals: 15 unusual forms of harassment

8 Apr 2014

Harassment is traditionally thought of as a man’s unwanted actions towards a woman, or comments that are offensive to a…

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Financial penalties at employment tribunal

What will new financial penalties at tribunals mean for employers?

7 Apr 2014

This month marks the arrival of new financial penalties that employment tribunals can impose on losing employers. Mayer Brown’s Chris…

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The employee who was “winding down” to retirement was shocked to have his contract terminated

Tribunal watch: £22,000 award against council following flexible retirement confusion

7 Apr 2014

An employment tribunal has ordered Perth & Kinross Council to pay more than £22,000 to a long-serving employee winding down…

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Do the TUPE 2014 changes cut red tape for employers?

7 Apr 2014

John Charlton looks at the recently amended Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations 2006 and asks whether or…

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Podcast: Employment tribunals empowered to impose financial penalties of up to £5,000 from 6 April 2014

4 Apr 2014

From 6 April 2014, in addition to ordering an employer to pay compensation to a claimant, a tribunal may impose a financial penalty of up to £5,000 on an employer where there are “aggravating factors”.

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Equal pay

Tribunal watch: Female prosecutors could get £1m following equal pay win

31 Mar 2014

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) in Northern Ireland could have to pay 15 female prosecutors up to £1 million after…

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Maternity rights in surrogacy

Case in point: maternity in surrogacy, pregnancy‑related illness and data protection

28 Mar 2014

Eleanor Gelder looks at surrogate mothers and their right to maternity leave, dismissals following post-maternity leave absence and what constitutes personal data…

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