September 21, 2015

Tribunal Fees appeal dismissed…again

The Court of Appeal has dismissed Unison’s appeals against its judicial review applications challenging the legality of Employment Tribunal Fees. Whilst “troubled” by the sharp decline in Employment Tribunal claims, the Court decided the fact of decline also needed to be supported by evidence of a lack of affordability of the fees in the financial…

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Tribunal Fees to be abolished in Scotland – The start of a wider initiative?

Employment Tribunal Fees could be completely abolished in Scotland over the next 12 months, according to the Scottish Government. The First Minister revealed the plans in its “Programme for Government’, a document which outlines the legislative agenda for the year ahead. This represents a radical shift away from the UK Government’s policy of charging for…

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June 30, 2015

Introducing Our Cloud Based HR Hub

Accessing Your Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety Services has just got a whole lot easier! Moorepay are extremely pleased to announce the launch of the HR Hub. This new cloud based portal has been developed to bring to life all your Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety services and deliver additional content…

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June 17, 2015

How to stop office banter becoming serious sexual harassment

Office banter could cost your business £3.2 million if it becomes sexual harassment or gender based discrimination. In a recent employment tribunal case, Lokhova v Sberbank, a female banker was awarded £3.2m for office “banter” that crossed from bullying to sex discrimination – highlighting that substantial costs can stem from failing to take sexual harassment…

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May 28, 2015

Cycle to work, not a tribunal

Once you can ride a bike you never forget, so don’t forget your responsibilities as an employer either! Where you as an employer provide bikes for your employees to use, perhaps through a cycle to work scheme, you are required to comply with health and safety regulations. It doesn’t end with providing a helmet and…

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January 27, 2015

Is inappropriate use of social media grounds for dismissal?

Can you dismiss employees for putting offensive comments on Twitter? In Game Retail Limited v Laws UKEAT0188/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the dismissal of an employee for tweeting offensive comments from a personal Twitter account was unfair. Mr Laws was employed by Game Retail Limited as a risk and loss prevention investigator,…

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December 23, 2014

Pension Auto-Enrolment – Are you ready?

The biggest shake-up to workplace pensions is currently underway. Life expectancy in the UK is increasing and at the same time people are saving less into a pension. New regulations now provide duties for employers to automatically enrol workers into a workplace pension scheme and make contributions into it.  Employer obligations in relation to this…

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October 30, 2014

Flexible Working – now everyone has the right

The right to request flexible working has now extended to all employees – not just those caring for a child or dependant adult. Under the provision of the Children and Families Act 2014 from 30th June 2014 an extension of the right to the existing request flexible working process was introduced. The statutory right to…

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October 29, 2014

Parents can now share their paid leave

Now fathers and partners as well as mothers can take time off with their new baby. Shared Parental Leave is being introduced to enable both parents to be able to take paid time off to look after their child within the 52 weeks following the birth. Due to come into force on 1st December 2014,…

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September 29, 2014

Go Green or Get Fined

New guidelines for environmental offences mean bigger fines for businesses, even if the case has already been resolved. Waste not want not – a phrase that may help your company to manage waste issues in line with Environmental Protection Act 1990 – and avoid falling foul of new sentencing guidelines for environmental offences which came in unbeknownst…

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Don’t give safety the cold shoulder this winter

Dark days and dark nights are almost upon us as the clocks go back. So – while we have a little daylight left – you may need to review your Health & Safety at work to prepare for the winter period. Maybe your staff won’t be able to get to work, ro maybe, closed schools will…

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Four October Employment Legislation Changes

So far this year, there are many Employment Law changes to get to grips with – such as the introduction of Early Conciliation by Acas and the extension of rights to flexible working. As an employer, it’s vital you don’t overlook the changes that are taking place. Here are four changes that you need to…

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