Deciding the employment status of an individual, whether they are  employed or self employed, or may come under IR35, is often difficult to resolve. However, a nifty little new online tool at HMRC is now available to assist you with this thorny issue. It won’t decide if an individual has the status of worker, as Read More

    • Are you up to date about the national minimum wage?

      National Minimum Wages Rates – 2016 The Low Pay Commission – the independent advisory body to the Government – reviews the national minimum wage according to inflation on an annual basis. The rates that come into force from 1 October 2016 are: For workers aged 25 and over, the national living wage, which was introduced Read More

    • Is it legal to be told when to take your holidays?

      Can an employer tell an employee when they can take their holidays? Yes, as long as they are able to take all their annual holidays in the current holiday year.  However it is thankfully unusual for employers to be too strict about this.  It is usually limited to not being able to take holidays busy Read More

    • High risk of high heels!!

      A recent case where a receptionist was told by her employer that she must wear heels of between 2 and 4 inches as well as makeup complying with  a colour chart she was provided with, has caused an uproar, leading to over 100,000 signatures on an online petition the lady in question started, meaning that Read More

    • Grandparental leave on hold.

      The Grandparental leave consultation which was due to be launched in May 2016 has been shelved until after the EU referendum. The consultation will consider how to extend Shared Parental Leave and Pay to working grandparents. It will also look at options for streamlining the Shared Parental Leave and Pay system, including simplifying the eligibility Read More

    • Religious discrimination

      Religious discrimination: Christian teacher’s dismissal for refusal to divorce sex offender The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that a Christian employee, dismissed for not divorcing her husband when he was convicted of sex offences, was subjected to indirect religious discrimination. In Pendleton v Derbyshire County Council and another, the EAT held that the dismissal of a Christian employee Read More

    • Sexual Harassment at Work!

      SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORK – THE ODDS ARE THAT EMPLOYERS WILL BE SUED EVENTUALLY! A study by the TUC has revealed that over half of women in the UK have been harassed at work. The study showed that of the 52% that had been sexually harassed, a third had been subjected to inappropriate jokes and Read More

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