National minimum wage increase from April 2019 announced

The Chancellor announced the new rates for the national minimum wage which will apply from April 2019 in the Budget. The national living wage rate will increase to £8.21 (from £7.83). This equates to a £690 annual pay rise for… Read on

Is unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal the same thing?

In a nutshell, when someone is constructively dismissed from their employment, they may be able to claim unfair dismissal (which is a statutory right set out in legislation). However, they will need to meet the various eligibility requirements for bringing… Read on

What are the five fair reasons for dismissal?

Employees who have been employed for two years or more are protected against unfair dismissal and, if they are dismissed they may bring a claim in the employment tribunal. An employer may defend a claim for unfair dismissal by showing… Read on

Compulsory ethnicity pay reporting to be introduced

Following the introduction of mandatory gender pay reporting for larger employers in April 2017, the government is now consulting on introducing similar requirements in respect of ethnicity pay. The proposal is part of a series of measures to tackle barriers… Read on

Parental bereavement law not expected until 2020

There is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for parents whose child has died.  The government previously pledged to introduce a new entitlement for parental bereavement leave and pay and, in September 2018, the Parental… Read on

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