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Annual increase in unfair dismissal and weekly pay caps

The following yearly increases have been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 6 April 2018:

  1. The statutory cap on compensatory awards for unfair dismissal will increase from £80,541 to £83,682 (or, if lower, 52 weeks’ pay).
  2. A maximum week’s pay will increase from £489 to £508 (including for redundancy payments and the unfair dismissal basic award).
Annual increase in unfair dismissal and weekly pay caps

The Government’s response to the Taylor Review

The Taylor Review (or, to use its formal title, the Review of Modern Working Practices) was published back in July 2017 and made over 50 recommendations. Renewed media and political interest followed, putting the vexed question of effective and coherent employment rights in the modern workforce back into the spotlight.
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The Government’s response to the Taylor Review

Non-renewal of fixed-term contracts – be careful!

The recent case of Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust v. Drzymala highlights how important it is to handle the non-renewal of a fixed-term contract properly.
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Non-renewal of fixed-term contracts – be careful!

Presidents Club Scandal

Amanda Jones comments on the Presidents Club Scandal in the HuffPost. Click here to read more.

Presidents Club Scandal

You’re invited to our interactive workshop – tackling GDPR in the employment context

The introduction of GDPR on 25 May 2018 represents the biggest shake-up of data protection and privacy law in decades. It will radically change how we view and deal with employee personal data. A key change is that employers will effectively no longer rely upon "consent" from employees to process their data, in what is set to be a major change, and will need to have tools in place to meet requests to be forgotten.
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You’re invited to our interactive workshop – tackling GDPR in the employment context

Fawcett Society Sex Discrimination Review – proposals relating to women in the workplace

On Tuesday the Fawcett Society issued its recommendations resulting from its Sex Discrimination Review. It remains to be seen whether the proposals are implemented. However, it did make some interesting recommendations in relation to women in the workplace.
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Fawcett Society Sex Discrimination Review – proposals relating to women in the workplace

Tribunal cases on the rise

Tribunal cases have risen by two thirds since July this year, when the Supreme Court abolished tribunal fees in the landmark case of R (on the application of Unison) v. Lord Chancellor. That's an increase of 66 per cent.
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Tribunal cases on the rise

Unpaid internships – should they be a thing of the past?

Under the current law interns are classed as workers, with two big exceptions. Interns are not classed as workers, and therefore are not afforded the protection of national minimum wage (NMW), where (1) the intern is studying at an accredited college or university and is receiving credit for undertaking the internship (the Student Loophole); or where (2) the intern is shadowing employees and not carrying out work themselves (the Shadowing Loophole).
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Unpaid internships – should they be a thing of the past?

Tribunal fee refund scheme is now open

Further to the Supreme Court decision in R (on the application of Unison) v. Lord Chancellor, which held tribunal fees were unlawful, the government has announced that the first claimants eligible for fee refunds will be able to apply from today. The government has also confirmed that fee refunds will include an interest payment of 0.5 per cent.
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Tribunal fee refund scheme is now open

Be careful when quoting from the Bible …

In the recent decision of Trayhorn v. The Secretary of State for Justice the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a prison had not indirectly discriminated against a chaplain who was disciplined for quoting Bible passages condemning homosexuality.
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Be careful when quoting from the Bible …