Update – Calculation of Holiday Pay

Following the preliminary ruling in Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd [2014] IRLR 648 ECJ that commission had to be taken into account in calculating remuneration in respect of paid annual leave, the case was referred back to Leicester Employment Tribunal to assess whether the Working Time Regulations could be interpreted in line with the ECJ’s decision. The hearing was due to take place this month, but has now been delayed until 4 February [...]

By |October 24th, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

One of the Best

Employee Management Limited has been providing high quality HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety consultancy since 1986. We are experts in employment law, but also offer the practical support that most law firms can’t. Our typical support includes 24/7 advice, bespoke documentation which is commercially focussed and tribunal representation.

Our clients include national organisations who choose us to deal with their employment law issues rather than their company lawyers, partly because our charges are [...]

By |October 13th, 2014|Health & Safety News|

Union launches holiday pay claim against Royal Mail

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has lodged a tribunal claim on behalf of its members for back pay and future entitlements relating to holiday pay in the wake of a number of important decisions that we have reported on previously on this blog. Although the details of the claim are not yet public knowledge, it is believed that the main focus of it is the failure of the Post Office to factor overtime into [...]

By |October 6th, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

Male worker on additional paternity leave claims sex discrimination…

In a recent tribunal, Shuter v Ford, the question of whether a male employee should receive the same enhancements to pay when on additional paternity leave arose. In this case female employees received enhanced maternity pay following the birth of the child, however, male employees only received statutory paternity pay for their leave.

Shuter claimed that this was unlawful direct, alternatively indirect, sex discrimination.

The first point the tribunal considered was whether the respondent treated the [...]

FREE Employers Guide to Shared Parental Leave

Whilst the ink is not yet dry on the new Shared Parental Leave Regulations, parts of the new provisions, such as fathers/partners rights to attend ante-natal appointments have already been put in place.

If you would like to know more about the new Regulations and what leave and pay will be available to your expectant parents please register your details on our enquiries page and we will send you our free guide today.

By |October 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

New National Minimum Wage rates start today…

National Minimum Wage rates are set to increase today as follows:

21 and over – £6.50
18 to 20 years – £5.13
Under 18 years – £3.79
Apprenticeships – £2.73

Now is the time to review your current payroll and ensure you comply with the new pay rates.

By |October 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|

Extended rights to attend ante-natal appointments

With effect from 1st October 2014, a father or partner of a pregnant woman will, from ‘day one’, have the right to take unpaid time off during working hours to accompany an expectant mother to an ante-natal appointment made on the advice of a designated health care professional.

The right is available to:

the husband, civil partner or partner of the pregnant woman
the father or parent of the pregnant woman’s expected child
an intended parent [...]

By |September 29th, 2014|General|

NORTH WEST FINANCE AWARDS…

As proud sponsors of the North West Finance Awards EML joined a prestigious crowd at the Macron Stadium to celebrate the achievement of some of the north wests finest financial minds.

Particular congratulations to Hughes Safety Showers who won EML’s sponsored award – SME Finance Director of the Year which was awarded to Stephen Dootson (accepted by Tony Hughes in Stephen’s absence).

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.

By |September 26th, 2014|General|

Unison tribunal fees challenge – Update

Unison have today applied in the Court of Appeal to admit new evidence to support their appeal against the decision to dismiss their judicial review application challenging employment tribunal fees. It has been reported that the Court has decided to stay the existing appeal, and that Unison is going to lodge a fresh application which relies on the most recent statistics. As per our previous article, these show a significant drop in the number of tribunal cases since the introduction of the fees regime.

At [...]

By |September 18th, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

Face the Future: Breakfast Seminar

Significant changes in the employment law landscape are occurring, though with your eye on the business, you may not have noticed them. However, Employee Management Ltd specialise in this field and it comes as no surprise that we have kept track of these major changes. With more ground breaking developments to come throughout this year and the next, we have decided to host a breakfast seminar to update those who attend with the latest [...]

By |September 15th, 2014|General|