1) Many UK employers currently offer tax-free childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice arrangement in order to benefit from savings in National Insurance Contributions. In a challenge to the long understood position that those childcare vouchers must continue to be provided through maternity leave, the court in Peninsula Business Services v Donaldson decided that it […]
For employers with operations in multiple jurisdictions, litigation over disputes related to employment matters is a very real and increasingly significant concern, which applies to every sector of industry, in every region of the world. This comprehensive publication includes contributions from 28 key jurisdictions across 5 continents and will be a valuable resource for all […]
i) Recently, the Government published its draft Gender Pay regulations, implementing EU Directive 2006/54/EC on Equal Treatment. These are likely to come into force in October 2016 and firms employing more than 250 employees will have to capture i) the mean and median average gender pay differential by April 2017; ii) the mean bonus gender […]
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.