A first draft of the regulations implementing the apprenticeship levy i) provides that employers fall within the levy if their total payroll exceeds £2.8 million in the previous tax year, or is expected to reach £3 million in the current tax year; and ii) sets out the information that employers must provide to HM Revenue & Customs concerning the levy.
An inquiry on corporate governance has been launched and will focus on executive pay, directors’ duties, how to increase the number of women in executive positions on boards as well as worker representation on boards and on remuneration committees.
The government has unveiled its draft legislation, setting out how it plans to simplify and tighten the rules on the taxation of termination payments. The changes are expected to come into force in April 2018.
The House of Lords has approved the draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 201, which will increase the various rates of the NMW. The new rates will apply from 1 October 2016.
An expatriate teaching centre manager working in Bangladesh for a UK non-departmental public body was entitled to bring claims for unfair dismissal and under the Equality Act 2010 in an employment tribunal in Great Britain as his employment had an overwhelmingly closer connection with Great Britain and with British employment law than any other system.
An engineer whose responsibilities were reduced because of his disabilities could not have a pay cut forced on him. A reasonable adjustment for disability, which was incompatible with the terms of the employment contract could not be imposed by an employer and would only be effective with the employee’s consent. There was no reason in principle why pay protection, in conjunction with other measures, could not be a reasonable adjustment – the question would always be whether it was reasonable for the employer to have to take that step.
An agency nurse, assigned to work for a hospital trust, was eligible for whistleblower protection, because she was a worker under the extended definition, which applies for the purposes of the whistleblowing provisions.
An employee was automatically unfairly dismissed for making protected disclosures even though the person who dismissed her was unaware of those disclosures. A decision made by one person in ignorance of the true facts, and which is manipulated by someone else who is responsible for the employee and is aware of the true facts, can be attributed to their employer.
The government has all but rejected the House of Lords Select Committee’s Report recommendations with respect to disabled people and employment, which included providing further guidance on reasonable adjustments, flexible working requests for carers and tribunal procedures and fees. The government’s only commitment was to evaluate the right for carers to request flexible working by April 2019.
The government has updated its policy paper on National Minimum Wage (NMW) enforcement to take account of recent changes. It covers civil and criminal enforcement strategies including “naming and shaming”.