Payment in lieu of holiday

In a recent case, the Tribunal has held that employers will not be permitted to pay a token sum to an employee on termination of employment, in lieu of accrued but untaken holiday.

Zero hours contracts

"Zero Hours" is a phrase used to describe an employment contract by which the worker is not guaranteed work and is paid only for the work undertaken.

Pay divide still exists between men and women

Figures released by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) reveal that men in UK management roles earned bonuses that were double those of female colleagues in identical roles.

Mothers feel discriminated against in the workplace

A recent survey has revealed that one third of working mothers feel discriminated against once returning to work after childbirth.

Disciplinary and grievance hearings - the right to be accompanied

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in Toal v GB Oils Ltd recently considered the following:

Update on BBC severance pay scandal

In July we commented on this recent high profile case and the culture of large severance payments generally.

Is an employer's use of covert surveillance lawful

A recent Employment Tribunal decision that allowed an employer's use of covert surveillance in dismissing an employee did not breach an employee's human rights, in this case, the right to a private life.

Employment Tribunal fees

From 29th July 2013, applicants to the Employment Tribunal will have to pay a fee to lodge their claims.

Changes to National Minimum Wage

The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2013 have been approved by Parliament, so the rates on the National Minimum Wage will be increased in accordance with most of the recommendations from the Low Pay Commission.

The interview process and reasonable adjustments

This recently came before the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)

Redundancy and bumping

In a recent case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that an employee can be dismissed fairly for redundancy where the employee's own job remains, but the needs of the business for different kinds of employees reduces.

BBC severance payments scandal

The Huge Severance Payments paid to 150 executives when they left the employment of the BBC is understandably causing outrage, not least as the payments were from TV licence payers i.e. the general public.

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