EAT determines that recruitment tests discriminated on grounds of disability

The recent case of The Government Legal Service v Brookes should be of particular interest to employers who use psychometric testing (or any testing) during the recruitment process.

As EML clients will know, the duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments for applicants who meet the definition of disabled under the Equality Act 2010 can arise at any point during the recruitment process, from advertising through to selection. What is reasonable depends on factors such [...]

Gender pay gap data now accessible online

Further to the implementation of the Gender Pay Gap Regulations, the information published by organisations is now publically accessible via the gender pay gap viewing service. This can be accessed here.

By way of a reminder, the Regulations required large private and voluntary sector employers (i.e. those with 250 employees or more) in England, Wales and Scotland to take a snapshot of pay and bonuses as at 5 April 2017 (although it was 31 March [...]

Care worker imprisoned after death of service user

A former Nottingham care worker has been sentenced after the death of a service user.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how a group of service users from the day centre had been on a trip to Kings Mill Reservoir. The care worker, who at the time was supposedly providing one-to-one supervision, lost sight of the service user, who drowned when he suffered an epileptic seizure around the time that he fell into the reservoir.

A joint investigation [...]

By |April 5th, 2017|Health & Safety News|

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – Snapshot Day!

By way of a reminder, the Gender Pay Gap Regulations require large private and voluntary sector employers (i.e. those with 250 employees or more) in England, Wales and Scotland to take a snapshot of pay and bonuses as at today (although it was 31 March 2017 for public sector organisations). They will then have 12 months to publish a report on their own and government websites indicating the differences between the average pay and [...]

By |April 5th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Mediation – An efficient and effective means of managing conflict in the workplace

How do you deal with conflict in your workplace? What do you do when employees fall out and can no longer work together?

Workplace conflict, if not dealt with effectively, can quickly escalate to more serious problems, such as stress-related absenteeism, grievances and even tribunal claims. Endeavouring to resolve workplace conflict via formal procedures can be time consuming, costly and will often fail to resolve matters to the satisfaction of all parties.

So what alternative do [...]

By |March 30th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Supreme Court hears UNISON’s appeal on tribunal fees

Today is the first day of the Supreme Court’s hearing of Unison’s appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal (CA) to reject the Union’s appeals in its two judicial review applications claiming that the fee charging system in the employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal is unlawful.

To re-cap, the CA upheld decisions by the High Court that the introduction of the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 did [...]

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

The Apprenticeship Levy – Good news for SMEs

It’s not all that often that we have good news for our SMEs, so we have looked at the Apprenticeship Levy and how this could benefit them.

It’s a common misconception that apprentices are new recruits, young and in entry level positions. However, apprentices can be any age, they can be existing employees and apprenticeships can be undertaken by employees at any level in the organisation.

Even if you don’t have to pay the levy, for [...]

By |March 24th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment law changes due in April 2017 – Increase to statutory payment rates

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, there are only so many balls you can keep your eye on at once as an employer. Trying to take on too much yourself at one time can cause intolerable stress and often see other important tasks end up on the backburner. So what can you do to get organised and stay up to date? Our employment law specialists would recommend pre-emptive action, staying up to date [...]

By |March 20th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment law changes due in April 2017 – Gender Pay Gap Reporting

The Gender Pay Gap Regulations are set to be introduced in April 2017, and will require large private and voluntary sector employers (i.e. those with 250 employees or more) in England, Wales and Scotland to take a snapshot of pay and bonuses as at 5 April 2017 (31 March 2017 for public sector organisations). They will then have 12 months to publish a report on their own and government websites indicating the differences between [...]

By |March 20th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment law changes due in April 2017 – Apprenticeship Levy

Due to be introduced on 6 April 2017, organisations with a payroll in excess of £3 million per annum will be required to pay a levy based on 0.5% of their total payroll bill.

The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and to raise additional funds to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.

Employers in England, including those who are paying into the levy and smaller companies who [...]

By |March 20th, 2017|HR / Employment Law News|