Statutory parental payments on the up in 2018

From the beginning of April 2018, the statutory payments that eligible employees receive while on maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental or sick leave will go up. Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and maternity allowance will increase to £145.18 (from… Read on

Office Christmas parties: dos and don’ts for employers

While the festive season is traditionally the time to be jolly, employers risk a New Year’s headache if they fail to understand their legal responsibilities to staff at the Christmas party. Employers can be held “vicariously liable” for the actions… Read on

Employee travel disruption – how to deal with it

As snow and ice continue to cause disruption across the UK, many organisations will be forced to close but what are employers’ rights and obligations in such circumstances? Do we have to pay employees who can’t get into work? An… Read on

Employing foreign workers: when can you dismiss fairly?

An employer who employs a foreign worker often finds themselves caught between a “rock and a hard place” when it comes to dismissal. On the one hand they must comply with unfair dismissal law, as they would for any other… Read on

Monitoring employee email: how far can you go?

We have recently reported on an important European Court of Human Rights decision (Barbulescu) in which the ECHR held that Mr Barbulescu’s emails should not have formed evidence against him during his dismissal for excessive use of personal messaging during… Read on

New Case on Burden of Proof in Discrimination Cases

Generally speaking, the burden of proof in civil proceedings is on the person who brings a claim in a dispute. So, for example, it is necessary for an employee bringing a claim in respect of an underpayment of wages to… Read on