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27 Oct BIS zero hours contract guidance

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has published guidance on zero hours contracts aimed at employers. The guidance provides further information on zero hours contracts and how they should be used. It includes information on employment rights, appropriate use, inappropriate use, alternatives, best practice...

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14 Aug Employee’s choice of companion

In Stevens v University of Birmingham [2015], the High Court decided that an employer's refusal to allow the employee's choice of companion to attend a disciplinary investigation meeting concerning serious allegations of misconduct, was a breach of mutual trust and confidence. Although the express terms of...

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07 Aug Dismissal for Facebook comments

In The British Waterways Board v Smith [2015], the EAT has held that it was fair to dismiss an employee that made derogatory comments about his employer on Facebook notwithstanding the fact that the misconduct had taken place two years before dismissal or that the...

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29 Jul Gender pay gap

Aimed at increasing transparency and, thereby reducing the gender pay gap, the government has published a consultation on its plans to introduce mandatory reporting of information on gender pay differences for larger employers (250 employees). Employers have an opportunity to help shape these important regulations...

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29 Jul Tax and NICs treatment of termination payments.

  On 24 July 2015, the government launched a consultation on simplifying the rules concerning the treatment of termination payments. Proposals include removing distinctions between types of payment, replacing the current ¬£30,000 allowance with an exemption for redundancy (voluntary or compulsory) at a rate rising in...

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