Employees in the UK have the right not to be treated to their detriment because of their trade union membership. In a recent case, a nationalist union member working for a public sector employer was harassed by fellow employees who were members of another, more dominant union. The senior appeal courts agreed that by standing […]
Tax rules allow compensation paid on account of the death, disability and injury of the employee on termination of employment to be paid tax-free. In discrimination cases, courts often award compensation for “injury to feelings” as well as other compensation. In a recent case, the Upper Tax Tribunal decided that injury to feelings was not […]
There are fewer reported employment law decisions coming through at the moment. A reason for this could be that there has been a significant reduction in the number of cases filed since the introduction of Tribunal fees and as a result there are now fewer cases on appeal to the Employment Appeals Tribunal, which means […]
HM Revenue and Customs is due to respond regarding the consultation on the taxation of termination payments. The Government’s proposal is that the £30,000 tax free allowance for compensation for loss of employment relief should be restricted to employees who are made redundant and would be linked directly to length of service.
From 11 January 2016, zero hours employees have the right not to be unfairly dismissed and zero hours employees and workers have the right not to be subjected to a detriment for failing to comply with an exclusivity clause preventing them from working for other employers.
i) A disabled person’s job offer was withdrawn following a negative verbal reference from their former employer. That reference was given partly as a result of the employee’s absence due to sickness, which was a consequence of their disability. The EAT held that where a former employer provides a negative reference which amounts to discrimination […]
The UK government will be consulting early next year on a new British Bill of Rights.
i) Businesses with a year end of 31 March 2016 or later are required to publish an annual “slavery and human trafficking statement” on their website after the end of their financial year. ii) By 2017, employers will be subject to an apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their total wage bill to the extent it […]
i) An employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to help a disabled employee in certain circumstances. An employer who operated a sickness policy which provided that action may be taken against an employee if their level of absence exceeds a specified threshold, was under a duty to make adjustments to the policy where […]
Government guidance for employers with respect to zero hour contracts has been published. The guidance includes examples of what it considers to be appropriate and inappropriate usage of such contracts. The guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/zero-hours-contracts-guidance-for-employers/zero-hours-contracts-guidance-for-employers