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MLR provide useful electronic employment law updates giving employers and HR Managers information on the most up to date tribunal decisions, legislation changes and best
Throughout the year MLR are holding a series of employment law workshops and updates at various locations across South and West Wales. From an update
In the last few years we have seen a huge rise in e-learning. When you consider the benefits it is not hard to see why.
Acas has produced new guidance for employers and employees regarding job references, and it has been compiled with regard to the most frequently asked questions
The Court of Appeal (COA) has recently decided that a company was vicariously liable for an assault carried out by one of its managing directors
A survey of 2,515 employees by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has revealed that 61% of women take an organisation's gender pay gap
Statistics from April to June 2018 have been published by Acas on its early conciliation (EC) service. According to the statistics, the total number of
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a tribunal decision regarding an
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has announced their email address is due to change. The previous email address was “dbs.gsi.gov.uk” and has now changed
CIPD and Mind have published a guide for managers to assistance improvement in their responses to issues of mental health amongst employees. The new guide
The Government has published a report on National Minimum Wage detailing evidence on compliance and enforcement for the current year. The report has highlighted the
A survey undertaken by Slater and Gordon has revealed that 37% of 2000 women have been sexually harassed at work, in the last year alone.
The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) announced in September that they have commenced formal enforcement action against 34 organisations for failure to pay their data protection
HR Departments are always busy this time of year. Whether it's arranging the Christmas party, dealing with inappropriate Secret Santa gifts or the fall-out from
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it intends to reintroduce fees for employment tribunal claims.
Tribunal fees were first introduced in July 2013 starting at
There has been a dramatic rise in potential GDPR breaches since its introduction in May 2018. The Information Commissioner’s Office has seen a massive increase
A recent study found that 54% of passengers on a train use the onboard WIFI. Many of these passengers describe the journey as “transition time”
Until recently, some sleep-in workers were entitled to be paid National Minimum Wage (NMW) for every hour of their shift, including hours when they sleep
Despite, the new 9-5 musical arriving in the West End, a recent survey has revealed that only 6% of people in the UK, work traditional
HMRC accused of failing to clarify sleep in payment rules HMRC have been accused of confusing the latest stand point on sleep in payments to
New research has revealed that over half of workers believe they are being watched by big brother, aka, their employer. Many believe their emails, internet
This summer saw the first step in reviewing the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA), after a damning report estimated the annual UK economic and social
On 2 August 2018, the House of Commons Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee published a report on gender pay gap reporting, this is
The recent case of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd decided that there was no discrimination established when a bakery refused to bake a cake
The Lord Chancellor has provided an update on employment tribunal fees and the refund scheme fees to the House of Commons Justice Committee. The update includes:The government has sought
Tesco is set to pilot new technology called the "Oracle Fusion platform" which will aim to improve the flexibility and productivity of its workers. The
In a recent case, a court had to rule on two "right to be forgotten" claims, only one of which it upheld. In these claims, the court had to
Acas has published new guidance on the General Data Protection Regulations and what it will mean for employers. The guidance consists of a series of
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published an updated version of its handbook regarding the Equality Act 2010. This is an essential tool
A recent change in legislation will provide that all “workers” have a right to an itemised pay statement and to enforce that right at an employment tribunal.
The Order comes into force on 6 April
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) began its investigations into employers who failed to comply with their gender pay gap (GPG) reporting obligations in June. Approximately 1,500 companies missed the deadline and were
The Supreme Court has recently decided that in cases of dismissal on notice by post (where there is no contractual provision governing when notice takes
It has been revealed that 239 employers have underpaid 22,400 workers in the UK by £1.44 million. The government is set to spend £26.3 million
A recent report by BEIS and the Government Equalities Offices has produced a press release considering the progress of the FTSE 350 companies in reaching
Provisional figures for the tax year 2016-17 demonstrate that employers are spending more on staff benefits than previous years, with a £200 million increase since
The Public Heath England and Business in the Community have recently published a toolkit to raise awareness of domestic abuse and also reduce the stigma
An independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 has been instructed by the government. The review is indented to identify the social and economic
Acas has recently produced two sets of guidance for employers in relation to overtime and suspensions.
The guidance provides that it is important to detail
A recent study undertaken demonstrates that 17% of employers may have incorrectly reported their gender pay gap figures following the requirement for companies with 250
The Women and Equalities Committee has recently published a report on sexual harassment in the workplace. The report provides that a more active role is
The recent annual report provided by Acas has demonstrated that the number of people intending to bring a tribunal claim has increased:From 1,700 to 2,200
In the previous year, according to figures provided by Pinsent Masons:HMRC has reported an increase of 134% in reports of whistleblowing in relation to National
The Women and Equalities Committee has recently published a report on the rights of fathers at work. The report calls for improvements to be made
The BBC have revealed that in the past year they have reduced their median gender pay gap from 9.3% to 7.6%, which demonstrates that the
The risks charities can face in employment law
What people regularly forget is that a charity is a business like any other.
The Women and Equalities Committee has recently launched an inquiry into the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010.
Following recent inquiries, such as into sexual harassment
The Court of Appeal has overturned the decision of an Employment Appeal Tribunal in relation to national minimum wage for workers that sleep-in on shifts.
The decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal that there had been no dismissal when an employee had been told that the decision to dismiss him
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show a significant fall in the number of days employees are taking off work due to
Only 20% of the predicted £33million refund has been returned to claimants since employment tribunal fees were declared unlawful. A spokesperson for HM Courts and
During a debate at the House of Commons, Minister for Women, Victoria Atkins reported the importance of providing support for women going through menopause. A
In a recent case, the Employment Tribunal decided that a hospital trust fairly dismissed a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with a previously clean disciplinary record as
A toolkit has recently been published by Public Health England and Business in the Community in order to aid to employers with substance abuse in
Acas has recently provided new guidance in relation to discrimination on the grounds of religion and belief in the workplace. The guidance provides a brief
Recently, the Supreme Court decided that a plumber was a ‘worker’ despite his contract stating he was an independent contractor.
The Pensions Regulator announced that two directors and five senior staff of Workchain Ltd
UK Visas and Immigration has recently published a report detailing the total number of fines for illegal working given to employers in the United Kingdom
The Ministry of Justice has published the Employment Tribunal quarterly statistics for the period January to March 2018.
Statistics show that:The number of single claim receipts,
The Government Equalities Office recently published guidance on dress codes and sex discrimination.
The guidance details:The legal responsibilities of employers
In a recent case, an employee had a disability causing high absence levels over the years. As a result, the employer allowed the employee greater
The accountancy firm PwC will eliminate all-male interview panels and shortlist for roles in order to provide greater diversity within the organisation. This is as
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has revealed the worst reasons companies have provided as reasoning for not
The question of whether travel time to or from work or between places of work is considered working time is increasingly being asked. This is
We are being asked to provide lots of guidance under GDPR in terms of retention so we have produced a FREE GUIDE which we hope
Is GDPR overwhelming? Would you like to understand the key concepts quicky? Our two page will help you to understand the basics of GDPR.
The deadline for large private and voluntary sector employers to publish their gender pay gap (GPG) figures was 4 April 2018.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has advised that employers who failed to report their gender pay gap (GPG) data will be
Eligible parents can take shared parental leave (SPL) of up to 50 weeks and shared parental pay (ShPP) of up to 37 weeks.
The question of
A report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) entitled “Turning the tables: ending sexual harassment at work” has recently been published.
It has recently been reported that Wagamama has been required to repay £133,212 to 2,630 workers because of a requirement to wear casual
Acas has published statistics on its early conciliation service covering the period April to December 2017. It has been reported that the number
A quarterly report has been issued by UK Visas and Immigration, which shows the total number of fines for illegal working given to
The provisional tribunal quarterly statistics for the period October to December 2017 were published by the Ministry of Justice on 8 March 2018. It was
Mrs Lofty was dismissed following absences from work, at least some of which were related to treatment for her pre-cancerous condition. In proceedings
A gangmaster has been prosecuted for modern slavery offences after bringing Eastern European workers to the UK and paying them less than £2 an hour.
HMRC has confirmed that the payment in lieu of notice tax changes made earlier this year look to both the date of payment
From 6 April 2018, tribunal compensation limits increased. The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal has risen from £80,541 to £83,682 and the maximum amount
As of 1 April 2018, statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay is £145.18 a week (up from £140.98).
The government has announced the following proposed increases to statutory benefit payments:Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental pay and maternity allowance will all be £145.18
On 14 December 2017, the Ministry of Justice published the tribunal quarterly statistics for the period July to September 2017. The most significant development is
From 17 January 2018, the system for obtaining a basic criminal records check in England and Wales has changed. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
60% of businesses have said that they are not prepared for their obligations under the new regime for data protection set out in the EU
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently considered whether compensatory rest has to be taken in one uninterrupted period or whether a series of short breaks
Acas has published statistics on its early conciliation (EC) service covering the period April to September 2017.
According to the statistics, the number of notifications received
The government has revealed that it still has £31 million to refund following the full roll-out of its scheme for refunding tribunal fees. Justice Minister
On 30 November 2017, a government press release announced that, following low referral rates, the assessment services provided by the Fit for Work service (FFW)
As part of the government's routine "naming and shaming" of employers that have failed to pay their staff the national minimum wage, 16,000 workers are
The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published a new toolkit for employers on how to calculate and publish their gender pay gap information.
The toolkit makes
The European Court of Human Rights has considered whether an employer's decision to install hidden cameras to monitor suspected workplace theft by a number of
In this case against Morrisons Supermarket, the High Court has considered whether an employer is vicariously liable for an employee's deliberate disclosure of co-workers' personal data.
Twenty company directors from sixteen restaurant and takeaway businesses were recently issued disqualification orders, following investigations by the Insolvency Service. 18 directors were banned for
Mr King worked for The Sash Window Workshop Ltd (SWW) as a commission-only salesman for 13 years. He received no salary, and was never paid
The Court of Appeal is expected to hear the case of Focus Care Agency Ltd v Roberts and others in March to interpret whether employees who sleep-in
14 Things HR Need To Know About ChristmasDecorations
Employers are obliged to provide and maintain a safe place of work for employees. While employers' health
Travel Disruption due to bad weather
From time to time, travel disruption can affect an employee’s ability to get to work on time, or in some
Acas has published guidance for employers on how to support parents with premature or sick babies. The recommendations for employers include:Ensuring
The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill 2017-19 was published on 13 October 2017. This is likely to become law. The proposed legislation
The Information Commissioner has published a blog demystifying the use of consent under the
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has decided that an employee’s human rights were breached when his employer monitored
A new NHS Digital report has said that nearly a third of all fit notes are issued to workers because of their poor
A recent research report has suggested that employers are at risk of employing victims of modern slavery due to the complexity of the
Research undertaken by commercial law firm EMW, has revealed that only 8,700 new parents made use of the shared parental leave system in
UK industry would find it "near impossible" to recruit low-skilled EU workers post-Brexit, if rules governing access to the UK jobs market for
Ms Pillar was employed by NHS 24 as a Nurse Practitioner. Her work consisted of taking telephone calls from members of
Acas has published guidance to assist employers in supporting staff with mental health issues. The guidance suggests how employees might spot signs of
The Institute for Employment Studies has published a new study that suggests managers are failing to provide adequate support to transsexual employees at
Ms Agoreyo was an experienced primary school teacher for the London Borough of Lambeth. She taught a class of up to
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued new guidance for small businesses on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will
The Government has resumed minimum wage enforcement for healthcare providers.
The new Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS) will enable healthcare providers to
Around 150,000 workers have received a pay rise following increases to the voluntary living wage (VLW) rate. The amount of the VLW
Acas has published new guidance for employers on how to identify and support people who face sexual harassment at work. Acas highlights
Acas has published guidance for employers on how to prevent pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work. Acas recommends several measures, including:
The Government has now rolled out the tribunal fees refund scheme in full. As anticipated, the scheme is open to both claimants and
The Government will increase the national minimum wage from April 2018 to the following rates:Apprentices: £3.70 an hour; 16-17 year olds: £4.20 an hour; 18-20 year olds:
Most employers have passed their automatic enrolment staging date and are automatically enrolling new workers into a pension scheme as a matter of
MLR were pleased to recently co-sponser a GDPR event in Pembrokeshire with Morgan and Morgan and The Cabinet Office.
Accommodation for Employees
The Accommodation Offset is a figure set by the Government each year. It is the limit on the amount that can be
The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill 2017 was introduced into the House of Commons in July 2017. Under the bill, employed parents
Most employers will be aware of the extensive case law that has emerged over the past few years regarding the calculation of holiday
In July 2017, the House of Lords were presented with the Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill 2017.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) enforces payment of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and is currently investigating social care providers for underpayment of
After the flurry of activity from the July Supreme Court decision - that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful - what happens now?
1. It is unlikely
BBC Director General, Tony Hall, hopes to close the BBC gender pay gap by 2020, following a letter signed by 40 of the
The "gig economy" (where individuals are engaged by businesses on a flexible, ad hoc basis – e.g. Uber drivers) has recently presented problems for determining
Mr Trayhorn was employed by the Secretary of State as a gardener at a prison. The prison had a chapel, and employed full-time
I am a HR Manager, and have recently been informed that one of our employees unfortunately has cancer. What should I do to support our
We recently saw Lloyd's of London banning a lunchtime pint during the working day but how far can an employer police what workers do when
With it currently being British summertime, when temperatures soar employers are under increased pressure to ensure the safety of their workers.
By working in high temperatures, employers may
The Department of Education has published data that suggests women graduates are paid less than male graduates despite studying the same subject in the same
Two Managing Directors have been criticised in the lead up to the election after reportedly telling staff that their jobs were at risk if they
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has updated its subject access code of practice to reflect developments in recent Court of Appeal judgments.
Organisations should find this
In this case, the tribunal appears to take the view that, beyond the compulsory maternity leave period, men and women are in the same position
It is common practice for employers to call a member of a dismissal appeal panel to give evidence at an unfair dismissal tribunal hearing. This
The Information Commissioner (ICO) has warned businesses that there's no time to delay in preparing for "the biggest change to data protection law for a
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced that the number of union members is at an all-time low of 6.2 million. According to the
In a recent case the Employment Appeal Tribunal gave guidance on the test for discrimination arising from disability.
Discrimination arising from disability occurs where both:
Employers have begun to publish their gender pay gap information on the government's gender pay gap data website.
Click here to access the recent report:
The government has published its response to the House of Commons Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee joint report on dress codes in the
In May 2017, the Pensions Regulator issued a regulatory intervention report in relation to action taken against Johnson Shoes Company.
The Pensions Regulator has published details
Ms Achbita worked for G4S who said that employees were not permitted to wear any religious, political or philosophical symbols while on duty. She was
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that procedural failings and inclusion in an internal appeal panel of an individual (who was junior to the
Produced in association with "Stronger Together" (an initiative that supports organisations tackling modern slavery), the toolkit assists construction businesses in complying with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Among other things, it:Covers
The government is set to publish guidance aimed at supporting working mothers with premature babies. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will work
The Chairman of the Women and Equalities inquiry into the treatment of fathers in the workplace has said that fathers are hesitant to ask their
Virgin Money has reported an average 36% gender pay gap in their 2016 annual report. According to the report, the financial services organisation had a
Statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of workers calling in sick is at its lowest level since records
On 6 March 2017, the e-petition on workplace dress codes and high heels was discussed in the House of Commons. This follows the case in
In February, the Ministry of Justice formally launched its website of Employment Tribunal decisions. All future Tribunal decisions will be uploaded onto the website. Below we
ACAS and the Government Equalities Office have jointly published guidance on the Gender Pay Gap Regulations which are due to come into force on 6
The government's review of the introduction of fees in the employment tribunals (ET) was published on 31 January 2017.
The review accepts that the introduction of
Recommendations from the Low Pay Commission have resulted in proposals to amend the rates of the national minimum wage.
The draft regulations set out the following
The chairman of the Commons work and pensions select committee Frank Field has told a Downing Street review of modern working practices that all workers
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a list of employers failing to pay the national minimum wage (NMW). The
The apprenticeship levy comes into force on 6 April 2017 and the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency have encouraged large employers
Argos has been ordered to pay 37,000 former and current staff backpay amounting to £2.4m, after an HMRC investigation revealed its failure to pay
Tribunal compensation limits will increase on 6 April 2017.
The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £78,962 to £80,541.
The maximum amount of a
The Trade Union Act 2016 into force on 1 March 2017. The major changes include:Ballots: 50% turnout requirement. Ballots in "important public services": additional 40% support requirement. Information
The database has now gone live. The database covers decisions from England, Wales and Scotland. It is understood that it will initially cover new or
A joint report has been published by the House of Commons Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee called High heels and workplace dress
The government has published its response to the Women and Equalities Committee’s report calling for better pregnancy and maternity protection.
The majority of the Committee’s recommendations
Two brothers have each been jailed for exploitation under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and fraud offences and conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation under the Fraud Act 2006.
The two brothers arranged
Most people who work in an office have to develop close working relationships with their colleagues, not least because they spend a substantial part of
In this case a tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that a dismissal was fair even though the employer relied on previous warnings.
The penalty regime for unpaid employment tribunal awards came into force on 6 April 2016. Defaulting employers may be issued with a penalty notice requiring
HMRC officials have released ten of the most bizarre responses provided by employers when questioned on their reasons for failing to pay the national minimum
Dentists have called for an end to the "workplace cake culture", saying the sharing of sweets and cakes leads to obesity and poor oral health.
In December 2016, nearly 100 people were arrested in nail bars on suspicion of working illegally and breaching immigration laws. Authorities raided 280 nail bars
A Kent-based gangmaster couple have agreed to a landmark settlement worth more than
The Ministry of Justice has published the statistics for tribunals for the period July to September 2016. During this quarter:Employment tribunals received 4,300 single claims
HM Courts and Tribunals Service has confirmed that future Employment Tribunal decisions will soon be readily available online. The online database will enable people to
The government has announced the following proposed increases to statutory benefit payments commencing in April:The weekly rate of statutory sick pay (SSP) will be £89.35
According to new research almost half of workers would work longer before retiring if more opportunities for flexible hours were offered. According to the British
The final draft of the Gender Pay Gap regulations have been published and will come into force on 6 April 2017. The Regulations clarify who
Senior staff at the Dorchester Hotel have been criticised for sending a list of grooming standards to female applicants requiring them to meet certain standards
A new online platform has been launched that enables the public to view the gender pay gap by occupation. The online platform suggests the highest
In light of a major HMRC operation, thousands of care workers have received back pay amounting to £650,000 due to the failure of care providers
With the first snow of 2017 forecast to hit much of Wales on Thursday and Friday this week we look at how snow chaos can
2017 looks set to be a busy year for employment law. Below we have set out the key developments for the year ahead.Brexit, will continue to dominate the employment law
It’s that time of year again….when lawyers warn
An employment tribunal has decided that easyJet's shift practices were indirectly discriminatory towards two breastfeeding employees on the grounds of sex. This
It’s that time of year again….when lawyers warn employers of the risks of tribunal claims from staff at Christmas. Although this makes us
This year we have already seen employers face reputational or legal challenges on requiring a receptionist to wear high heel shoes, the banning of Muslim
The Women and Equalities Committee has recently published a report on pregnancy and maternity discrimination showing that the number of expectant and new mothers forced
A Scottish employment tribunal has determined the compensation arising out of a discriminatory shared parental
Seventeen care workers have recently submitted a claim in the ET against council contractor Sevacare for its failure to pay the national
The results of a survey undertaken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), suggests employers are ill-informed of the current law
In a recent decision, an employment tribunal decided that a group of female retail store employees could compare themselves to a group of
The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has urged employers to remain vigilant due to the ease at which fake doctors' notes can be
With a combined total of over 40,000 workers on zero hours contracts, Suffolk brewer Greene King, pub franchise JD Wetherspoon and cinema chain
HMRC are considering whether to investigate the working practices of delivery company Hermes in light of the recent allegations made by self-employed couriers
72 financial institutions including HSBC, RBS and Santander, have signed up to the Government's Women in Finance Charter, which aims to increase the
The Resolution Foundation thinktank has published a report that suggests the government will fall short of its £9.00 an hour 2020 National Living
On 3 September 2016, a report was issued that questioned the working practices of an Asos distribution centre. According to the report workers
The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry into workplace sexual harassment following a number of high-profile claims in recent months.