Equal Treatment – Obesity to be considered a disability

Earlier this year, a Danish court referred various questions to the ECJ in relation to obesity and discrimination law. One of the questions was whether obesity is deemed to be a disability covered by the protection provided for in the Equal Treatment Framework Directive and, if so, what criteria will be decisive when assessing whether or not a person’s obesity means that he or she is protected under the Directive.

In July 2014, the Advocate General [...]

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

Tribunal fees judicial review dismissed!

It has been reported that Unison’s judicial review application which challenged the legality of employment tribunal fees was dismissed by the High Court this morning.This follows a similarly unsuccessful attempt to challenge the fees regime last February. The reasons behind the latest decision have yet to be released, but will be the subject of a more detailed article in due course.

By |December 17th, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

H&S Concerns? Call Us!

With numerous ‘crazy’ H&S stories that have made headlines in newspapers across the UK in recent months, questions have been raised regarding the general understanding of companies with regards to safety laws in the workplace.

Further inspection, by one of the UK’s leading health and safety firms, into some of the tabloid stories confirmed that many of these cases do in fact raise legitimate concerns about the state of health and safety in some companies [...]

By |December 15th, 2014|Health & Safety News|

Shared Parental Leave – Be Prepared!

Couples with babies due and those with children waiting for adoption will soon be able to take shared leave, which will allow the two to share up to 50 weeks of leave. Of this, 37 weeks of pay can be shared. The rules, announced last year, will come into effect after 5th April 2015.

According to the government 285,000 couples will be able to take advantage of the shared leave arrangement, without being alienated by [...]

By |December 4th, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

The Implications of Wearable Technology in the Workplace

With the advent of smart technology, many companies have started to create new products that deviate from the standard form of phones. Watches, jewellery, wristbands and now even glasses are being fitted with the latest in smart technology to make them more useful in daily life.  With functionality getting increasingly broader, what exactly does this mean for businesses and how will the introduction of new, advanced technology be handled within the workplace?

Currently, workers can [...]

By |December 2nd, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

View EML’s Podcast on Early Conciliation

Early Conciliation has been with us for over six months now and stats from Acas indicate they have dealt with 37,000 cases in that time. As you may already know, the scheme requires employees / ex-employees to contact Acas before lodging an employment tribunal claim against their employer / ex-employer.

Once contact is made with Acas, the time limit applicable to any tribunal claim is paused and if the individual expresses a wish to try [...]

By |November 28th, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

Newsflash – Union won’t appeal holiday pay decision

An article has just appeared on the Workplace Savings And Benefits website indicating that Unite will not appeal the recent EAT decision in Bear Scotland v Fulton, Amec v Law and Hertel v Wood.

As per our recent blog, the judgment in this co-joined case limited the scope for retrospective claims for holiday underpayments going back as far as 1998 (i.e. when the Working Time Regulations were implemented) or start dates where later by stating that [...]

By |November 26th, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

Acas publish further stats on Early Conciliation

Early Conciliation (EC) through Acas has been mandatory since May and requires individuals and employers to consider agreements, whether financial or otherwise, prior to the formal tribunal process being commenced and any fees being levied against claimants.

Acas has just published statistics on the first six months of the regime, the main ones being:

 

There have been 37,000 EC cases.
3% of EC requests came from the employer.
10% of employees choose not to participate in [...]

By |November 21st, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

Free employment law resources available for download now!

Following on from the recent round of factsheets we produced covering employment law topics such as dates on Shared Parental Leave, Pension Auto Enrolment and E-Cigarettes, we are delighted to announce that our entire back catalogue is currently available for download on the website, so you can easily access any you missed out on previously.

Simply go to our ‘Flowcharts & Factsheets’ page under the ‘Free Downloads’ link on the homepage and fill out the [...]

By |November 21st, 2014|HR / Employment Law News|

View EML’s Podcast on Holiday Pay

The correct calculation of holiday pay has been a hot topic in the courts for quite some time now and reached fever pitch earlier this month when the Employment Appeal Tribunal handed down its decision on a number of key cases.

Having tracked the progress of the issue and posted multiple updates on our blog, we thought it was time that we put something a bit more substantial together. In this regard, we are delighted [...]

By |November 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|