Supreme Court hears UNISON’s appeal on tribunal fees

Today is the first day of the Supreme Court’s hearing of Unison’s appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal (CA) to reject the Union’s appeals in its two judicial review applications claiming that the fee charging system in the employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal is unlawful.

To re-cap, the CA upheld decisions by the High Court that the introduction of the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 did [...]

By |March 27th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

The Apprenticeship Levy – Good news for SMEs

It’s not all that often that we have good news for our SMEs, so we have looked at the Apprenticeship Levy and how this could benefit them.

It’s a common misconception that apprentices are new recruits, young and in entry level positions. However, apprentices can be any age, they can be existing employees and apprenticeships can be undertaken by employees at any level in the organisation.

Even if you don’t have to pay the levy, for [...]

By |March 24th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment law changes due in April 2017 – Increase to statutory payment rates

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, there are only so many balls you can keep your eye on at once as an employer. Trying to take on too much yourself at one time can cause intolerable stress and often see other important tasks end up on the backburner. So what can you do to get organised and stay up to date? Our employment law specialists would recommend pre-emptive action, staying up to date [...]

By |March 20th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment law changes due in April 2017 – Gender Pay Gap Reporting

The Gender Pay Gap Regulations are set to be introduced in April 2017, and will require large private and voluntary sector employers (i.e. those with 250 employees or more) in England, Wales and Scotland to take a snapshot of pay and bonuses as at 5 April 2017 (31 March 2017 for public sector organisations). They will then have 12 months to publish a report on their own and government websites indicating the differences between [...]

By |March 20th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment law changes due in April 2017 – Apprenticeship Levy

Due to be introduced on 6 April 2017, organisations with a payroll in excess of £3 million per annum will be required to pay a levy based on 0.5% of their total payroll bill.

The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and to raise additional funds to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.

Employers in England, including those who are paying into the levy and smaller companies who [...]

By |March 20th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment law changes due in April 2017 – Miscellaneous

As well as the headline grabbing introductions of gender pay gap reporting and the Apprenticeship Levy, there are a couple of other areas in which changes worthy of note will be introduced. These are as follows:


Some salary sacrifice schemes no longer tax exempt

The introduction of the Finance Bill 2017 means that from 6 April 2017, the tax and NIC benefits-in-kind that some salary sacrifice schemes attract will be limited. Arrangements made pre-April 2017 will [...]

By |March 20th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Latest employment tribunal stats published

The latest quarterly tribunal statistics have been published by the Ministry of Justice. They detail the type and volume of cases received, disposed of and outstanding for the period October to December 2016. This information is useful in assessing employment litigation trends and the continued impact of fees (introduced in July 2013) and Acas early conciliation (introduced in May 2014).

In terms of claims levels, the number of single claims received rose by 3% in [...]

By |March 20th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Baker fined £2m after worker fall

National bread maker Warburtons has been fined £2m after a worker was hospitalised following a fall.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how on 11 November 2013 an employee was cleaning one of the mixing machines at their Wednesbury bakery, a routine job he carried out every few weeks, when he lost his footing and fell nearly two-metres.

The father-of-one, who had worked at the factory since 2007, was hospitalised with a compression fracture in his spine. He [...]

By |February 17th, 2017|Health & Safety News|

Is compliance with the new EU data protection regime on your radar?

It’s not due to come into force until 25 May 2018, but businesses are being urged to start preparing for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) this year in order to ensure compliance and minimise exposure to significant fines.

As GDPR imposes far greater restrictions on the use of consent as justification for the processing of personal data, including employee personal data, employers will need to audit the personal employee data they collect and [...]

By |February 16th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Effective date of new strike ballot thresholds confirmed

Several statutory instruments have now been established under the Trade Union Act 2016 which serve to clarify that the Act will come into force on 1 March 2017 as planned.

They make law the Government’s controversial reforms of strike balloting laws, proposals that were met with widespread trade union condemnation when they were announced last year.

Currently, all that’s needed for lawful strike action to take place is a simple majority of those that vote in [...]

By |February 16th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|