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TUPE: service provision change of all activities not needed

Bolton NHS wanted to outsource its drugs and alcohol service. To do this they split it into two functions; case management and delivery of interventions. Different companies were given the contracts to provide the separate services. Did TUPE apply? Background… Read on

Limits on Tribunal awards

On 6 April 2016 the amount of many Tribunal awards will be increased. New maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal: £78,962 (was £78,335). Maximum limit on a week’s pay: £479 (was £475). Maximum basic award: £5,853 (was £5,807).    … Read on

Non-payment of discretionary bonus: new case

We report on a new case dealing with discretionary bonuses and the steps an employer will need to take if not paying. Background The Claimant in this case, Mr Hill, had a bonus scheme with his employer Niksun Inc, which… Read on

New case on childcare vouchers

The EAT has recently made a decision as to whether it was discriminatory to suspend childcare vouchers during maternity leave which were provided through a salary sacrifice scheme. Background The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999 only suspend “remuneration” during… Read on

Lock v. British Gas : latest on holiday commission payments

British Gas’s appeal against the Employment Tribunal’s decision that holiday pay should include compensation for lost commission has now been heard by the European Court of Justice. Here is how the English Courts responded. Background Whether or not commission should… Read on

Are you carrying out a reasonable investigation?

The employment tribunal has provided a reminder about the importance of an employer not simply relying upon a breach of the black letter of its policies to dismiss an employee. Background In this case, Citibank dismissed employee Mr Stimpson for… Read on

Gender pay gap disclosure: new rules

The government has issued draft regulations which seek to address the differences between male and female pay in the workplace. They are now up for consultation. The regulations as they are currently drafted: Apply only to employers of 250 employees… Read on

Starbucks dyslexia case: implications

You will be aware that Starbucks employee Meseret Kumulchew has recently won a disability discrimination claim on the basis of her dyslexia. But what are the implications? Implications In Ms Kumulchew’s case, her dyslexia meant that she made mistakes in… Read on