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New year resolutions for employers

Martha McKinley
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Employers looking for a new year’s resolution could do worse than adopting some of the suggestions below, all of which will help risk-proof your business should the worst happen. Review your contracts and policies to make sure they are up to date ...

The 'Good Work Plan'- Government proposed reforms to employee rights

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On Monday 17 December, 2018 a plan was introduced by the Government called ‘The Good Work Plan’ which includes various proposed reforms to employees’ rights. The plan proposes a number of reforms, such as entitling workers to be...

What is discriminatory harassment?

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Discriminatory harassment is defined by Section 26 of the Equality Act 2010, as follows: (1) A person (A) harasses another (B) if— (a) A engages in unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic , and (b) the conduct has the...

Redundancy - employer responsibilities in the sudden closure of a business

Stephen Woodhouse
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It was recently reported that the UK retail industry suffered its worst November footfall decline in nine years. This news follows a number of major high street firms who have had to close their doors in recent months. When such stories are...

Disability discrimination by energy suppliers

Rebecca Billinge
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According to recent statistics from Disabled Living Foundation, there are around 13.3 million people who have a disability, in the UK. With the UK currently experiencing a severe shortage of housing, it is arguable that there are more people living in...

Kicking out racism in football

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Statistics recently released by football’s equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out have revealed that discriminatory abuse at football matches has risen for the sixth consecutive year, with racism accounting for more than half of reported...

New rules for taxation of termination payments

Adam Pennington
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Since 6 April 2018 employers have been required to pay income tax and class one national insurance contributions (NICs) on an element of all termination payments, whether or not they are contractual payments. What were the previous tax rules...

The re-introduction of employment tribunal fees

Philip Richardson
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Over the past decade employment tribunal fees have been a talking point; not only amongst practitioners who practice employment law but also the individuals who wish to bring claims and businesses who defend them. In 2013, the fees were introduced by...

Hiring Christmas temps? Know their rights

Philip Richardson
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With the festive season upon us, many companies are now looking for workers to ensure that they have sufficient cover for the busy Christmas period. According to the British Retail Consortium, 36% of retailers have plans to increase staffing over...

The unintended aftermath of the office Christmas party

Martha McKinley
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The employment tribunal has long grappled with the issue of whether unwanted or unlawful conduct by an employee outside the physical workplace can lead to a successful claim being brought against an employer. Generally speaking, discriminatory conduct...

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