Round-up of Employment Law Changes in October 2014

National Minimum Wage The new rates of National Minimum Wage for the year 1 October 2014 – 30 September are published: Read the current rates of NMW here Equal pay audits Employment Tribunals must order an equal pay audit upon… Read on

Emergency time off and contacting your employer

In the case of Ellis v Ratcliff Palfinger Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that it was fair to dismiss an employee who had taken emergency time off but who had not properly notified his employer as soon as he… Read on

Was criminal conviction dismissal discrimination?

Was a disabled employee with Asperger’s syndrome discriminated against by being dismissed following a criminal conviction? No, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Hensman v Ministry of Defence. Background Mr Hensman suffered from Asperger’s syndrome. He was dismissed as a… Read on

‘Automatism’ dismissal discriminatory?

Could there be discrimination against an employee suffering from ‘automatism’? Not in the recent employment appealtTribunal decision of Howorth v North Lancashire Teaching PCT, where Mrs Howorth was dismissed after having pleaded guilty to offences of theft, dangerous driving… Read on

What does “without prejudice” mean?

Discussions between an employer and an employee are “without prejudice” where the discussion is with a view to settling an existing claim. This means that, where there is an Employment Tribunal claim, or a dispute that might lead… Read on

What are pre-termination negotiations?

Pre-termination negotiations, or “protected conversations” are discussions between an employer and an employee that can be kept confidential from the Court or Tribunal provided certain requirements are met. This is a statutory right, under s.111A Employment Rights… Read on