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Do you pay men more than women for equal work?

If so, the Equal Pay Act of 1970 (perhaps the oldest employment legislation on the books?), may mean you need to repay the difference over the preceding 6 years. This is the case even if the jobs are completely different,… Read on

The end of cycle to work schemes and the like?

A recent decision of the European Court has been heralded as the end of salary sacrifice schemes. We don’t think it will be that drastic. What the decision (against AstraZeneca) says, is that businesses cannot reclaim VAT on retail vouchers… Read on

Employment law – 2 for the price of 1

No, unfortunately this is not a special offer from Springhouse (we are always good value!). Rather, Vince Cable has recently announced that, as of next month, “when Ministers seek to introduce new regulations which impose costs on business they will… Read on

Will I be able to retire my employees?

With the end of the legal retirement age of 65 now on the horizon, employers are beginning to ask themselves When will I be able to ask my employees to retire ? Currently it is relatively easy to dismiss an… Read on

Latest enormous city compensation award!

Mr Wardle, 44, was employed by a French bank. He brought a claim of race discrimination, saying that he had been passed over for promotion because he was not French. After the bank received his claim, Mr Wardle was sacked… Read on

What does discrimination mean?

Discrimination, in legal terms, refers to a wide range of protection provided to workers against discrimination on grounds of sex, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status. These are referred to as ‘protected characteristics’. Most… Read on

What does injury to feelings mean?

An injury to feelings claim is a claim that can be made as part of a discrimination claim but not an unfair dismissal claim. It is a claim for compensation for the upset, distress or anxiety that a worker might… Read on

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process through which parties in dispute work with an independent, neutral third person who works with them to identify the issues and assist them in reaching a resolution. Mediation is a confidential process. It is voluntary, so… Read on

What is parental leave?

Parental leave is often used as a loose term to cover a wide range of family-friendly employment rights. However it has a specific legal meaning. A parent, or someone with caring responsibility for a child, can seek a period of… Read on

What are the Working Time Regulations?

The Working Time regulations are a set of rules that govern how many hours people should work each week, what breaks they are entitled to, and how much holiday they should get. They were introduced as a health and safety… Read on