Sexual Harassment Myth Busters – Banter

Claims of harassment, be they current or historical, are everywhere at the moment. Regardless of your view on the legitimacy of some of these, what is undeniable is that employers can’t continue to make allowances for the types of conduct that are being reported without risking significant legal exposure.

To assist employers in identifying the behaviours that could give rise to valid discrimination complaints, we’ve produced a series of “myth busters” to help separate fact [...]

By |November 23rd, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Sexual Harassment Myth Busters – Isolated Instances

Claims of harassment, be they current or historical, are everywhere at the moment. Regardless of your view on the legitimacy of some of these, what is undeniable is that employers can’t continue to make allowances for the types of conduct that are being reported without risking significant legal exposure.

To assist employers in identifying the behaviours that could give rise to valid discrimination complaints, we’ve produced a series of “myth busters” to help separate fact [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Sexual Harassment Myth Busters – Failure to Complain

Claims of harassment, be they current or historical, are everywhere at the moment. Regardless of your view on the legitimacy of some of these, what is undeniable is that employers can’t continue to make allowances for the types of conduct that are being reported without risking significant legal exposure.

To assist employers in identifying the behaviours that could give rise to valid discrimination complaints, we’ve produced a series of “myth busters” to help separate fact [...]

By |November 21st, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Company fined following H&S failings

A Rochdale company has been fined after a 29-year-old worker was diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) – a condition causing tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain in the affected person’s hands.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how the employee was exposed to vibration from tools used to sand components. Health surveillance implemented by the Company in 2014 showed that the employee had developed HAVS through exposure to vibration while working there.

An investigation by [...]

By |November 15th, 2017|Health & Safety News|

How should employers deal with claims of harassment in the workplace?

Claims of harassment, be they current or historical, are everywhere at the moment. Regardless of your view on the legitimacy of some of these, what is undeniable is that employers cannot continue to make allowances for the types of conduct that are being reported without risking significant legal exposure. Whether it’s a male director being too touchy feely with his female reports or a female manager making risqué comments to male trainees, you could [...]

By |November 14th, 2017|HR / Employment Law 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 |November 13th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

HMRC – not ‘sleeping’ on the job

Social Care employers are set for difficult times ahead as the HMRC set out the plans for the Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS) to address breaches of the National Minimum Wage requirements when it comes to the remuneration levels of ‘sleep-in’ shifts.

Typically, care sector workers have been paid a lump sum allowance when scheduled to undertake a ‘sleep-in’ shift that generally fell below the national minimum wage levels. Historically, as the individual was not [...]

By |November 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Latest employment tribunal and EAT stats published

The latest employment tribunal and EAT 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 April 2016 to March 2017. This information is useful in assessing employment litigation trends and the impact of fees (introduced in July 2013, but outlawed in July 2017) and Acas early conciliation (introduced in May 2014).

The stats show that 88,476 employment tribunal claims [...]

By |September 28th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Unlawful Employment Tribunal fee regime ruling – The implications for employers

Now that the dust has settled on July’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that the current Employment Tribunal fee regime was preventing access to justice, was unlawful and should therefore cease with immediate effect, we look an in-depth look at the implications for employers.

Prior to the introduction of fees there is no doubt that employers were frustrated by the time and money they had to throw at an increasing number of frivolous and vexatious [...]

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

Revised Vento bands confirmed following consultation

Last month, we reported that the Presidents of the Employment Tribunals had issued a joint consultation statement seeking views on RPI-linked increases to the bands of awards for injury to feelings in discrimination cases, which had not risen since 2009. The Presidents have since released a Joint Response confirming the following revised bands:

 

Lower band: £800 to £8,400: suitable for one-off and isolated incidents where the nature of the prohibited conduct is less serious

By |September 14th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|