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The future of work could mean automation… and “robot tax”!

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS) has launched an inquiry into automation and the future of work. The purpose of the inquiry is to consider two points. 1.The inquiry will look at the impact automation will have on UK businesses and the potential it has for productivity, growth and re-industrialisation. It will focus on specific questions about automation such as which sectors are most likely to be affected by automation, and whether businesses receive enough financial support when opting to automate. 2.The inquiry will also look at the impact automation will have on workers. The inquiry will consider what policies and actions should be in place to reskill workers and the role Government should play to support this.
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The future of work could mean automation… and “robot tax”!

Zero hours contracts and full-time permanent contracts: not always so different

In the recent case of Roddis v Sheffield Hallam University, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that an employee on a zero hours contract could compare himself to a colleague on a full-time contract for the purposes of bringing a claim for less favourable treatment under the Part-Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (the PTW Regulations).
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Zero hours contracts and full-time permanent contracts: not always so different

New entrepreneurial visa route announced

In a move announced by the Home Secretary yesterday, foreign nationals who want to start a business in the UK will be able to apply for a "start-up" visa.
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New entrepreneurial visa route announced

Supreme Court dismisses the appeal in Pimlico Plumbers

The Supreme Court handed down its judgment yesterday in the case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Gary Smith [2018] UKSC 29 confirming (as the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal had) that Mr Smith was a worker within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act and not, as Pimlico Plumbers contended, self-employed.
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Supreme Court dismisses the appeal in Pimlico Plumbers

Updated DBS guidance for employers

Updated DBS guidance for employers

The Home Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service have updated their guidance for employers on requesting DBS checks for potential employees.  The updated guidance includes some useful information on how employers, who might rely on a previously issued DBS check, can spot a counterfeit document.  It also gives guidance on the DBS’s online application form for basic checks, which was introduced back in January.  To view the new guidance, please click here.

Updated DBS guidance for employers

Notice of termination: are you sure your employee has been dismissed?

It is a common misconception amongst employers that notice of dismissal (or in cases where no notice is given, dismissal itself) will take effect on the date the employer writes to the employee to give them notice or inform them of the decision to dismiss. A long line of case law from the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has established that this is not the case. Where, as is often the case, there is no contractual provision dealing with communication of notice, notice (or dismissal) will take effect on the date on which this is communicated to the employee. This means that, where an employer writes to an employee to give notice or inform them of their dismissal, it is only once the employee has personally taken delivery of the letter that the notice (or dismissal) will be deemed to have been received.
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Notice of termination: are you sure your employee has been dismissed?

‘Egregiously unfair’ dismissal costs employer £30,000

The employer, Michelin, dismissed their employee who was signed off with stress.
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‘Egregiously unfair’ dismissal costs employer £30,000

Managing a flexible workforce

With Christmas on the way (a busy time of year in many sectors – including hospitality) Big Hospitality has published our article on three key ways to manage a flexible workforce.  Please do have a read here – the principles can be applied to other types of flexible workforce too.

Managing a flexible workforce

Check the holiday calendar!

Failure to correctly plan pilots' holidays will result in Ryanair cancelling hundreds of flights over the next six weeks.
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Check the holiday calendar!

Suspension for alleged misconduct may be a breach of contract

In the recent case of Agoreyo v. London Borough of Lambeth [2017] EWHC 2019 (QB), the High Court has held that suspension as a "knee-jerk" reaction to an allegation of misconduct may in itself be sufficient to breach the implied contractual term of trust and confidence.
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Suspension for alleged misconduct may be a breach of contract