April 21, 2016

Bribery charge costs employer £2.25m

It is critical that employers put anti-bribery procedures in place, according to a recent high profile conviction which sent shock waves through the business world. A large UK organisation, Sweett Group Plc, became the first to be convicted and fined for breaching the Bribery Act 2010, leading to a fine and legal costs totalling £2,250,000.…

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Could the National Living Wage be the final straw for retailers?

UK retailers are predicting that around a million jobs in the sector – a third of today’s total – will disappear by 2025 as technology and the rising minimum wage reshape the industry. From the 1st April all employers are required to pay employees aged over 25 years the national living wage. This is currently…

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Click, Click, Click…STOP! – Your LinkedIn Profile

We live in an age where image is everything. With the advent of social and professional networking sites, it has become more important than ever for candidates to present their best side to potential employers. So how can candidates survive being discriminated against just by the way they look online and how can employers make…

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March 30, 2016

Holiday pay should include commission

Employers will now have to pay commission as part of holiday pay, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed. Thousands of workers who rely on commission will be able to claim more holiday pay thanks to this landmark ruling. After a four-year legal battle, one man has managed to secure more holiday pay for thousands…

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Are you responsible for your employees’ crimes?

Employers can be held responsible for crimes committed by employees at work, according to a high profile Supreme Court Case. A unanimous judgement by the UK’s highest court confirms the far reaching consequences of the principles of ‘vicarious liability’ – where someone is held liable for another’s acts and may make it easier for aggrieved…

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How would the Trade Union Bill affect employers?

With the Government facing calls to back down on key elements of their Trade Union crackdown, many employers are curious as to how the proposed changes in the law would affect them. As part of its election manifesto, the Government promised it would bring an end to “disruptive and undemocratic strike action”. To achieve this…

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March 17, 2016

Are your Mobile Workers getting the Minimum Wage?

Employers could face huge bills for failing to pay the minimum wage for time spent travelling, following a recent case. According to a BBC article today, MiHomecare, a division of the Mitie Group, has just settled a claim brought by Home Care Worker, Caroline Barlow. Ms Barlow sued her employer for failing to pay her…

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March 16, 2016

Budget 2016 – A short overview

Here are a few highlights from the budget which might affect your business: The tax-free Personal Allowance is to rise from £10,600 in 2016 to £11,000, and will increase further to £11,500 in April 2017 The threshold that individuals start paying 40p tax will rise from £42,385 to £43,300 in 2016 and up to £45,000…

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February 24, 2016

Starbucks dyslexia case: What can employers learn?

Starbucks recently became the subject of media attention when a female employee suffering with dyslexia has won a claim for disability discrimination. The claim rose arose from her employer’s failure to make reasonable adjustments for her dyslexia. But what can employers learn from this? Having been being wrongly accused of falsifying documents, the employee brought proceedings…

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February 17, 2016

Your Employee Handbook – Friend or Foe?

How could you ever have unfairly dismissed someone that disclosed your clients’ confidential information on an internet blog? Surely, you’re entitled to expect employees to respect your confidentiality provisions? That’s exactly what recently happened to international bank Citigroup when they sacked Perry Stimpson for just such an offence. Mr Stimpson was one of several London-based…

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February 16, 2016

5 tips for managing absence

Sickness absence costs small businesses around £300, 000 a year. The average employee takes 7 days off work sick per year at an average cost of £550 per employee per day. Whilst absence cannot be eliminated, after all we all get sick once in a while, managing absence in a fair and consistent way can…

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January 27, 2016

Is it okay to monitor your employees’ messages?

Employment law rarely makes front page news. However, a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) made the global press, with headlines suggesting that employers are now allowed to monitor employees’ personal emails and private messages. The ECtHR made the ruling on a case involving a Romanian engineer who was fired after…

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