View our Shared Parental Leave webcast!

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 |March 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Tribunal decision on holiday pay and commission imminent

The pivotal case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd returned to the employment tribunal this month and employers are currently waiting with baited breath to see how commission should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay.

To recap, the Claimant, a sales consultant, claimed he was owed holiday pay due to the amount he received whilst on annual leave not incorporating an amount reflective of his variable monthly commission payments. Originally, the Tribunal could [...]

By |February 27th, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Tribunal compensation limits increasing from 6 April 2015

New employment tribunal compensation limits will be introduced on 6 April 2015 reflecting the increase in the retail prices index of 2.3% from September 2013 to September 2014.

They include a revised maximum figure of £475 (currently £464) for a week’s pay for the purposes of calculating statutory redundancy payments and unfair dismissal basic awards, as well as a higher maximum unfair dismissal compensatory award of £78,335 (currently £76,574).

The new limits apply where the ‘appropriate [...]

By |February 20th, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

View EML’s new brochure!

EML’s new and improved brochure has arrived, so for a neat overview of who we are and what we do, you can either browse / download this online version, or contact us for a hard copy:

We have been providing employers with [...]

By |February 18th, 2015|General|

Woolworths and Ethel Austin staff dealt blow by Advocate General Opinion on redundancy and the meaning of establishment

Employers can breathe a sigh of relief after Advocate General (AG) Wahl’s Opinion that under the Collective Redundancies Directive, the term ‘establishment’ should be interpreted as meaning the ‘unit to which the workers made redundant are assigned to carry out their duties’, meaning that the trigger for collective redundancy consultation obligations remains the dismissal of 20 staff in one establishment as opposed to 20 staff across all of an organisation’s establishments.

This issue dates back [...]

By |February 6th, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Acas Code of Practice: Right to be accompanied to be amended

Following the EAT’s recent ruling in Toal v GB Oils, the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures is to be amended as it relates to the right to be accompanied.

The amendments will include making it clear that workers are free to choose who they like as their accompanying person at grievance and disciplinary hearings, provided they meet the relevant definition, which is as follows:
‘…a fellow worker, a trade union representative, [...]

By |February 3rd, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Whistleblowing: Prescribed Persons List Revised

A revised list of prescribed people and bodies to which employees can report malpractice has been published by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The purpose of the list is to ensure that individuals are aware of which parties, other than their employers, they can make qualifying disclosures to and thereby retain the protection of whistleblowing legislation.

A qualifying disclosure is a genuine concern raised about a wrongdoing within an organisation, where the individual [...]

By |February 3rd, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Right to take Parental Leave is extended

From 5 April 2015, parents with sufficient qualifying service will have the right to take unpaid parental leave in relation to each child they have under the age of 18.

Parental Leave is the statutory right to a period of unpaid leave that may be taken by a parent to look after a child’s welfare. Currently, this leave can be taken up to the child’s 5th birthday, but in April 2015 the age limit will [...]

By |February 2nd, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Welcome to Farhaana!

Welcome to our new Accounts guru Farhaana who, when she’s not hard at work at EML, can be found pulling the odd pint at the Rovers Return!! Here she is during her visit with her mother in law, we’re hoping she’s bringing a sample of ‘Betty’s Hot Pot’ back with her.


By |January 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Prepare your business for adverse weather conditions…

There are a number of circumstances where employees may be prevented from attending work through no fault of their own. This time of year it’s usually due to poor weather conditions or transport problems.

This is the scene that one of our consultants faced this morning…

What is important is to ensure that all parties know their own responsibilities whether through a policy, internal briefing note, departmental meetings, notice boards or newsletter.

Key line management responsibilities include…

ensuring [...]

By |January 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|