Extension to hard hat exemption for Sikhs

The Government has announced that turban-wearing Sikhs now have the right to choose not to wear head protection and will be exempt from legal requirements to wear a safety helmet in the majority of workplaces.

Under previous law, Sikhs wearing turbans were not required to wear motorcycle helmets and  were exempt from construction industry rules requiring cranial protection (ref: s16(2) Road Traffic Act 1988 and s11 & 12 Employment Act 1989).

For minors, the Horses (Protective Headgear for [...]

By |October 8th, 2015|Health & Safety News|

Legislation updates

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, 1st October, and we see another batch of legislation updates. So what’s new…

National Minimum Wage increases – hourly rates will be increased as follows:

21 and over        £6.70phr

18 to 20                £5.30phr

Under 18             £3.87phr

Apprentice         £3.30phr

Also be mindful of the further increase due in April 2016 for over 25 year olds as we adopt the National Living Wage of £7.20phr.

Safety helmet exemptions – from the 1st of this [...]

By |October 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

EAT limits HR’s role in disciplinary situations

The question for this recent Employment Tribunal Appeal (EAT) case was related to the advice or guidance that a Disciplining Officer can seek from HR before making the decision as to what action to take.

The case, Ramphal v Department for Transport, involved allegations of misconduct in relation to expense claims and use of hire cars. The manager acting as Disciplining Officer was inexperienced in such matters and, during the course of preparing his report [...]

By |September 25th, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Travel time for mobile workers considered ‘working time’

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently considered a case concerning the working time of peripatetic (travelling) technicians whose job involves travelling to customers’ homes to install and maintain security systems. The Spanish domestic court asked the ECJ to consider whether or not it could be permissible for the first and last journeys of the day to be classed as ‘rest time’ as opposed to ‘working time’. The Advocate General’s (a lawyer who [...]

By |September 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Fit for Work – Return to Work Scheme

Following a trial period of the new ‘Fit for Work’ initiative, this service is now open to all companies and employees across England and Wales (Scotland having introduced this scheme some time ago).

The purpose of the Scheme is to provide employers, employees and their GP’s with access to work-related health advice – I’m sure many of us have received a medical report indicating that the GP is unable to comment on matters relating to [...]

By |September 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Newsflash – Fit for Work service up and running

From today, employers in England and Wales can refer workers on long-term sickness absence to the Government’s new Fit for Work. This is an occupational health service for people who have been, or are likely to be, off work for four weeks or more which is aimed at SMEs otherwise unlikely to have such a resource at their disposal.

A more detailed in-depth article on the Fit for Work service will follow shortly, but in [...]

By |September 9th, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Unison’s Tribunal Fee Appeal Rejected

The Court of Appeal has rejected Unison’s appeals in its two judicial review applications claiming that the fee charging system in the employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal is unlawful. It upheld the decisions by the High Court that the introduction of the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 did not breach the principle of effectiveness, was not indirectly discriminatory and did not involve a breach of the public sector [...]

By |September 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Increased penalties for failure to provide new national living wage

Employment Minister Nick Boles has announced that tougher penalties will be enforced on employers failing to provide the new national living wage of £7.20per hour for those aged 25 and over from April 2016.

Penalties for non-payment will be doubled, from 100% of arrears owed to 200%, although these will be halved if paid within 14 days. The maximum penalty will remain £20,000 per worker.

Whilst there is some speculation that the imposed increase from the [...]

By |September 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

Safer Lorries Scheme in London

A quick reminder to our logistics clients and those with lorries and construction vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in the London area.

From 1st September 2015 new laws are being introduced in a bid to make London safer for cyclists. In the Scheme vehicles over 3.5 tonnes will be required to:

Be fitted with Class V and Class VI mirrors giving the driver a better view of cyclists and pedestrians around their vehicles
Be fitted with side [...]

By |August 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Introduction of National Living Wage

Many of you will have seen the recently published Government plans in relation to the introduction of a National Living Wage (NLW).

The new NLW is set to commence in April 2016 and will introduce a premium of 50p per hour on top of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) introducing an hourly rate of £7.20phr for all employee’s over the age of 25. The same penalties/liabilities will apply for any organisation who does not meet these minimum [...]

By |August 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|