Category Archives: Employment

Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

August 17, 2018 | Marianne |

returning to work after maternity leave

It is quite a thought returning to work after a period of maternity leave and here we look at the things an employee will want to think about before going back to work. You must take at least 2 weeks off after your baby is born (compulsory maternity leave), which is increased to 4 weeks … Read More >>

Sickness Absence at Lowest Rate on Record

August 17, 2018 | John Norrie |

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics establish a significant fall in the number of sick days employees are taking off work. The figures reveal that employees took off an average of only 4.1 days in 2017, compared to 7.1 back in 1993 (the year records began). The available data shows that the sickness … Read More >>

More than £390,000 of Employment Tribunal Awards Unpaid Due to Insolvency

August 16, 2018 | John Norrie |

employment tribunal awards

Figures obtained from a freedom of information request to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reveal that over £390,000 of employment tribunal awards remained unpaid in 2017 due to insolvency of the employer. The real amount may be significantly higher as BEIS is only aware of unpaid awards when it is notified … Read More >>

Philosophical Beliefs – what are these and how are employees protected?

August 13, 2018 | Marianne |

belief discrimination

There have been a few recent employment tribunal decisions which have considered the position of philosophical beliefs, and what beliefs are protected. The Equality Act 2010 protects the rights of employees to practise their religion without fear of discrimination. However, certain employees hold philosophical rather than religious beliefs and these may be protected by law. … Read More >>

Fathers’ Rights in the Workplace – Government Response

July 4, 2018 | John Norrie |

Fathers' rights

The government has recently published a response to the Women and Equalities Committee report on Fathers and the Workplace. In March 2018, the Women and Equalities Committee published a report, Fathers and the Workplace, calling on the government to make improvements to fathers’ rights at work. This included, for example, removing the qualifying period for … Read More >>

It’s getting hot in here: is it ever too hot to work?

June 26, 2018 | Marianne |

too hot to work

Here’s a sentence we don’t often get to say: it’s getting hot! The coming days are set to see record temperatures across the UK, giving us the feeling of an actual summer for the first time in a long time. While we’ve had to contend with previous weather issues (the Beast from the East to … Read More >>

The World Cup – Employers Ready For Kick-Off?

June 11, 2018 | Marianne |

The World Cup - Employers Ready For Kick-Off?

With all the gorgeous weather we’ve been having, the start of the World Cup 2018 seems to have crept up on us (or is that just me?). The World Cup takes place in Russia between Thursday 14th June and Sunday 15th July. Football match times in the UK will vary between 11am and 8pm. The … Read More >>

Building Your Limited Company: Steps to Success

June 5, 2018 | Eileen Barr |

Building Your Limited Company: Steps to Success

A limited liability company is a popular choice when considering business models. It has relatively small costs to set up and get going. However, the essential requirements can appear daunting. This guide outlines the key elements below and gives sources that are available for support. Articles of Association These are the building blocks of your … Read More >>

Taxation of Termination Payments to Employees – New Rules in Force

April 26, 2018 | John Norrie |

Taxation of Termination Payments to Employees – New Rules in Force

Termination payments are often made to employees when the termination of their employment is governed by a settlement agreement. New rules affecting the taxation of termination payments came into effect on 6 April 2018. What are the changes? There has been a change to the taxation of “payments in lieu of notice” (PILONs), which are commonly … Read More >>

Employment Law Update – 2018

April 13, 2018 | Marianne |

Employment Law update

Each year, we see a number of proposals which have an impact for employees and employers alike, and this year proves to be no different. We thought that it would useful to give you an employment law update. While some of the changes are those which we see every year, there are some which will … Read More >>

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