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GDPR: Managing staff incapacity and health information

The initial implementation of GDPR has (hopefully) been put into place, says Helen Hall, Legal Director of DLA Piper. However, GDPR is not a...

Subject Access Requests under the GDPR

Often employees wish to see a copy of the personal data that their employer holds about them. So, what does that mean when it...

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Employment contracts: what employers need to know

If an employee has refused to sign an employment contract, does that mean the terms are invalid? Katie Mahoney, Senior Associate at Doyle Clayton, looks...

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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...

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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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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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