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|

Selected employment tribunal decisions now freely accessible online

The Government has established a new webpage with links to recent employment tribunal decisions. It provides access to first-instance judgments from England, Wales and Scotland via a free-text search and drop-down menus.

Previously, such decisions were only accessible by attendance in person at the Bury St Edmunds regional office. There is currently a selection of decisions from the last 3 years, although HM Courts and Tribunals Service has already stated that there are no plans [...]

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

Government publishes review of Employment Tribunal fees

The Government has finally published its imaginatively titled ‘Review of the introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunal’. Clocking in at just under 100 pages, this hefty document includes a consultation on proposals for reforming the system as well as a finding that “the original objectives [of the fee system] have broadly been met”. It also states that “while there is clear evidence that ET fees have discouraged people from bringing claims, there is [...]

By |February 1st, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

What’s in store for 2017?

We take a quick look at some of the key changes happening throughout 2017 and a look to what the future has in store…

National Minimum Wage increases

The cycles for the increase in National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage have now been aligned.

The next round of increases for all rates will come on 1st April 2017 as follows:

Over 25’s                           £7.50phr
21 to 24 year olds             £7.05phr
18 to 20 year olds             £5.60phr
16 to 17 year [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Christmas parties – How far does employer liability extend?

In the recent case of Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc (see here for our report), the Supreme Court broadened the scope of the employee acts for which employers can be held vicariously liable. However, the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd provides a useful reminder that liability does not extend beyond work-related activities.

In the Bellman case, the High Court considered the question of whether an employer was vicariously liable for an assault [...]

By |December 12th, 2016|HR / Employment Law News|

EAT rules that failure to provide rest breaks constitutes refusal

In Grange v Abellio London Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a worker can bring a claim for an employer’s failure to provide rest breaks under the Working Time Regulations (WTRs), even though the worker has not actually requested or been refused any breaks.

The EAT held that:

 

whilst workers cannot be forced to take rest breaks, employers need to be proactive in ensuring that they are able to take them during their [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|HR / Employment Law News|

National Living Wage to increase

In his first Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that the National Living Wage (NLW) is set to increase from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour, a rise of 4%, in April 2017. This will amount to a pay rise of over £500 per year for a full-time worker.

George Osborne, Hammond’s predecessor, introduced an initiative to increase the NLW to more than £9 per hour by 2020 for working people aged 25 and over, so it’s [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|HR / Employment Law News|

Indirect Sex Discrimination in relation to flexible working requests

The case of XC Trains LTd v CD and ASLEF concerned “indirect discrimination.” Indirect discrimination is where:

A non-discriminatory requirement (“Provision, criterion or Practice” or PCP) has a disproportionately adverse effect on people with a protected characteristic which puts them at a particular disadvantage as compared with people without that protected characteristic; and
The Employer cannot show that that PCP is a “proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”. [Ref: s19, Equality Act 2010]

The Claimant [...]

By |November 21st, 2016|HR / Employment Law News|