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Brighter news for British workers, as wages (slightly) increase

Britain’s employment rate has hit 75.4%, the highest since records began in 1971, as economists predict the end of the pay squeeze. According to official...

GDPR, employees and privacy statements

Privacy statements are designed to inform employees in a clear and transparent manner of how their data is being used and their rights in...

Hidden cost of workplace surveillance

Developments in technology mean that HR professionals are increasingly having to consider the ways in which data protection and privacy may impact upon employment...



Night working – a foreseeable health and safety risk?

What do employers need to know when employing people to work overnight? Marwa Stavraetou, trainee solicitor at Gordon Dadds LLP, takes a look... There are many...

‘Lunch is for wimps’

Is it OK to hug at work?

What is bumping?



Unsigned contracts

Q: An employee didn’t sign an employment contract. He’s leaving to join a competitor. Can we rely on the restrictive covenants in his employment...

Five things we learnt in employment law this week (13 April...

A failure to enhance shared parental leave pay in line with enhanced maternity pay is not direct sex discrimination. The EAT held that...

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April 2018 facts and figures

Tax on Termination Payments – Changes in the way in which termination payments are taxed came into force (from 6 April 2018). Tax and national insurance must be deducted on notice pay even if there’s no right to pay in lieu of notice.

Statutory Redundancy Pay – the weekly pay cap used in the calculation increases to £508 from £489 (from 6 April 2018). The maximum statutory redundancy is £15,240 (up from £14,670).

Unfair Dismissal – for dismissals on or after 6 April 2018, the maximum compensatory award for ordinary unfair dismissal increases to £83,682 (or 52 weeks pay if lower), up from £80.541.

The Living Wage rate – increased from £7.50 an hour to £7.83 an hour for employees aged 25 and over (from 1 April 2018).

SSP – up from £89.35 a week to £92.05 a week (from 6 April 2018).

Pension Auto enrolment – the minimum contributions for employers and employees increase to 2% and 3% respectively (from 6 April).

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Gender pay gap fund

The government has announced a £1.5m fund to support people back into work, after time out caring, saying it could help close the gender...

Redundancy and fairness

Redundancy is one of the potentially fair reasons for dismissal set out within the Employment Rights Act. However, the approach that Employment Tribunals take...

Ethnic pay gap up to 37%

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is stepping up his fight against pay inequality in London. His announcement follows the first-ever comprehensive pay audit, on...

Top five Human Resource Brexit hotspots

We are now entering the final 12 months before the UK officially leaves the EU. Amongst the political arguments, home and abroad, there are...

What to do when an employee is pregnant

Over a third of employers believe that during the recruitment process it's reasonable to ask women about their plans to have children, according to...
data protection officer

Do we need a Data Protection Officer?

As the deadline for the General Data Protection Regulation approaches, Katie Harris-Wright, senior associate at Birketts LLP considers whether firms should have a data...


A male employee is aggrieved that he’s paid less for shared...

Q: We pay enhanced maternity pay but only statutory shared parental leave pay. A male employee has taken shared parental leave and raised a...

Pregnancy: the right to relaxation?

Q: A pregnant employee wants to take time off for relaxation sessions. Do we have to agree and should it be paid? A: Alacoque Marvin, employment...

Breastfeeding at work: what employers need to know

Q: An employee has asked about breastfeeding at work. What are our legal obligations? Katie Mahoney, Associate, at Doyle Clayton replies... A: “Breastfeeding at work” can...

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