MoJ stats indicate staggering increase in employment tribunal claims

Following the Supreme Court’s decision back in July 2017, which concluded that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 was unlawful and that the fees set out therein should no longer be charged, the Employment Tribunal has seen a significant rise in the number of claims submitted. The Ministry of Justice have now released statistics for the period from October to December 2017 which show a staggering increase of 90% in [...]

By |March 13th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Restaurant chains named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

Are you paying your staff in line with the National Minimum Wage? Are you sure? Some 43 employers from the hospitality sector have appeared on the government’s latest list of companies, for having failed to pay their staff the National Minimum Wage. Among those on the list are Wagamama and TGI Fridays, both of whom fell foul of the legislation as a direct result of their uniform policy.

It stands to reason that if you [...]

By |March 12th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

When disciplinary processes go wrong, Part 5 – The accompanying person

Who can accompany an employee to a disciplinary investigation? Can an accompanying person help or hinder an investigation? Find out more in this latest post in our disciplinary series.

There’s nothing we hate more than being the bearers of bad news, especially when it comes to telling employers who’ve dismissed blatantly guilty employees that they’re exposed to potentially valid unfair dismissal claims. However, we often are and so it makes sense for us to set [...]

By |March 7th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

When disciplinary processes go wrong, Part 4 – Allegations, evidence and forewarning

The fourth in a series of blogs looking at elements of the disciplinary process. Here’s what to expect at a disciplinary hearing.

There’s nothing we hate more than being the bearers of bad news, especially when it comes to telling employers who’ve dismissed blatantly guilty employees that they’re exposed to potentially valid unfair dismissal claims. However, we often are and so it makes sense for us to set out the main reasons why in the [...]

By |March 5th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

When disciplinary processes go wrong, Part 3 – Choice of Chair

Part three of our blog series on managing the disciplinary process. What can happen when you appoint the wrong person as Chair of an investigation, disciplinary and/or appeal?

There’s nothing we hate more than being the bearers of bad news, especially when it comes to telling employers who’ve dismissed blatantly guilty employees that they’re exposed to potentially valid unfair dismissal claims. However, we often are and so it makes sense for us to set out [...]

By |March 1st, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

When disciplinary processes go wrong, Part 2 – Historical Warnings

Part two of our blog series containing advice for employers dealing with disciplinary proceedings. Should you take historical disciplinary warnings into account when deciding to dismiss?

There’s nothing we hate more than being the bearers of bad news, especially when it comes to telling employers who’ve dismissed blatantly guilty employees that they’re exposed to potentially valid unfair dismissal claims. However, we often are and so it makes sense for us to set out the main [...]

By |February 27th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Snow day and the employment implications of 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.  Indeed, this is the scene that one of our consultants faced this morning…

 

 

What’s important in an employment context is to ensure that all parties know their own responsibilities, whether through a policy, internal briefing note, departmental meetings, notice boards or [...]

By |February 27th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

When disciplinary processes go wrong, Part 1 – Undue Influence

The first instalment in our blog series looking at how to deal with disciplinary proceedings. Does the HR team exert too much influence on the eventual outcome of a disciplinary process?

There’s nothing we hate more than being the bearers of bad news, especially when it comes to telling employers who’ve dismissed blatantly guilty employees that they’re exposed to potentially valid unfair dismissal claims. However, we often are and so it makes sense for us [...]

By |February 26th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Do you have to follow due process when dismissing an employee with less than 2 years’ service?

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been asked this question…but it’s a lot! Therefore, we thought it was about time we put our answer down in black and white.

First and foremost, it’s commonly known that employees need to have chalked up two years’ service in order to be able to claim ordinary unfair dismissal.

That said if the disciplinary procedure is contractual and it’s not followed during the dismissal process, the employee could [...]

By |February 23rd, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

How to produce a Gender Pay Gap statement

The Gender Pay Gap Regulations were introduced in April 2017, and 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 (31 March 2017 for public sector organisations), then publish a report on their own and government websites within 12 months indicating the differences between the average pay and bonuses of male [...]

By |February 23rd, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|