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Workforce engagement: what businesses need to do

Workforce engagement: what businesses need to do

How should quoted companies comply with the new requirement in the UK Corporate Governance Code to engage with their workforce? Broadly, under the UK Corporate Governance Code, quoted companies are expected to perform two specific duties: Ensure the views and concerns of the workforce are taken into account by the directors, particularly when they areRead more about Workforce engagement: what businesses need to do[…]

Security guard was unfairly dismissed after submitting collective grievance letter

Security guard was unfairly dismissed after submitting collective grievance letter

A hospital security officer was unfairly dismissed after lodging a grievance with his employer, which went on to fire him ‘in bad faith’, a tribunal has ruled. Leeds employment tribunal ruled Mr M Brough’s dismissal was “outside the range of reasonable responses” after his employer failed to properly investigate issues he raised as a workplaceRead more about Security guard was unfairly dismissed after submitting collective grievance letter[…]

Hotel staff were entitled to statement of rights after first month of work, tribunal rules

Hotel staff were entitled to statement of rights after first month of work, tribunal rules

Three hotel employees were entitled to a statement of their employment conditions within their first month of work, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has ruled, in a finding legal experts said was “revolutionary” for sectors with a high turnover of staff.  The ruling, if upheld, could alter the existing understanding of how soon employees should receiveRead more about Hotel staff were entitled to statement of rights after first month of work, tribunal rules[…]

Repeal of Swedish derogation ‘could lead to huge change for recruitment businesses’

Repeal of Swedish derogation ‘could lead to huge change for recruitment businesses’

The repeal of the ‘Swedish derogation’ contract commonly used to employ agency workers could force many recruitment businesses to revisit their models, experts have suggested. On Monday, the government unveiled its Good Work Plan describing the contract as a ‘legal loophole’which excludes agency workers from the principle of equal treatment in relation to pay under the Agency WorkersRead more about Repeal of Swedish derogation ‘could lead to huge change for recruitment businesses’[…]

Majority of Court of Appeal find that  Uber drivers are Workers

Majority of Court of Appeal find that Uber drivers are Workers

The Court of Appeal (CoA), by a majority, has upheld the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decisions that Uber drivers should be classified as ‘workers’, not independent self-employed contractors, and therefore are entitled to employment rights such as holiday pay, rest breaks and the minimum wage.  This is now likely to be subjectRead more about Majority of Court of Appeal find that Uber drivers are Workers[…]

Proposed 6.3% increase to employer contribution rates in the NHS Pension Scheme from April 2019

Proposed 6.3% increase to employer contribution rates in the NHS Pension Scheme from April 2019

The latest NHS Pension Scheme valuation results indicate that an increase in benefit requires a 6.3% rise in the employer contribution rate to 20.6%. This figure is expected to be confirmed by the Government Actuary’s Department in their final valuation report due in December 2018.  This cost increase is driven principally by two “technical” factors:Read more about Proposed 6.3% increase to employer contribution rates in the NHS Pension Scheme from April 2019[…]

Government sets out Good Work Plan – new rights for workers

Government sets out Good Work Plan – new rights for workers

Yesterday the Government published “The Good Work Plan” which sets out how it will implement 50 out of the 53 recommendations of the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.  It confirmed that it intends to introduce a number of legislative changes designed to improve protection for agency workers, zero-hours workers and others with atypical workingRead more about Government sets out Good Work Plan – new rights for workers[…]

Many new tribunal claims may not be heard until 2020

Many new tribunal claims may not be heard until 2020

Lawyers warn cases are being pushed further into the future, as employers are told to take steps to mitigate the impact of delays Some new employment tribunal claims may not be heard until 2020 at the earliest, according to an update from the employment tribunal National User Group (NUG) which will increase concern among employersRead more about Many new tribunal claims may not be heard until 2020[…]

Worker Status: Addison Lee taxi drivers are workers

Worker Status: Addison Lee taxi drivers are workers

The definition of “worker” for the purposes of working time and national minimum wage legislation includes individuals working under contracts of employment.  It also includes individuals working under any other contract, whether express or implied, where they undertake to perform work personally for another party to the contract who is not a client or customerRead more about Worker Status: Addison Lee taxi drivers are workers[…]