Colour-blind ban discriminatory against men?

Police Scotland has accepted that it needs to reverse its ban on recruiting colour-blind trainees. This is in the face of Employment Tribunal proceedings alleging that this disadvantaged more men when compared to women; the reason being that more men… Read on

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

Apprentices were actually employees

In the recent case of HMRC v. Holmescales Riding Centre 2014, the EAT held that a riding school’s trainees were in reality ordinary employees and not apprentices. Accordingly, the trainees were entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage applicable to… 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

Should payslips specify pay deductions?

Yes, or the employer may have to forfeit the debt said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Ridge v HM Land Registry. Background Mr Ridge had exhausted his sick pay entitlement. His pay was adjusted by his employer for the month-end… Read on

Snow: lift to work in a 4×4 compulsory?

Weather conditions are notoriously extreme on the roads approaching HMP Dartmoor. The prison has a detailed adverse weather policy, which requires employees to gather up at a pick-up point, at a local supermarket, when conditions are poor. In January 2013,… 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 is industrial action?

Industrial action is any form of concerted effort to put pressure on an employer, and can include strikes, overtime bans, work to rule, and sit-ins. Industrial action can be official or unofficial. When it is official, it may be “protected”.… Read on

What are strikes?

A strike is a form of industrial action intended to put pressure on an employer to improve working terms or conditions for employees who are members of the union. In certain circumstances strike action can be protected, and in these… Read on