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Employment Tribunal claims leap by 90%

Employment tribunal fees were abolished on 26 July 2017. The Ministry of Justice has recently published figures showing the very significant impact this has had on the number of claims now being brought in the employment tribunal which has continued… Read on

Compensation increases from 6 April 2018 confirmed

From 6 April 2018 it will be more expensive for employers to make employees redundant and, if a dismissal is found to be unfair by an employment tribunal, the potential amount of compensation payable will also increase. The legislation implementing… Read on

Redundancy consultation: charity got it wrong

The closure of children’s charity Keeping Kids Company (formerly Kids Company) was controversial and well publicised. It hit the headlines following serious allegations of safeguarding failures, financial mismanagement and a lack oversight from the government which had given the charity… Read on

When does “stand-by” time count as working time?

Workers are sometimes required to be on stand-by, meaning their employer can contact them or they may be called into work. But when does such “stand-by” time count as working time? That was the question recently considered by the European… Read on

Ethnic diversity of senior managers: bank sets first targets

Earlier this month, Lloyds Banking Group PLC (Lloyds) became the first FTSE 100 company to set a public target to increase black, Asian and minority ethnic (B.A.M.E) representation in its senior management positions. Although there is currently no legal obligation… Read on

Shared parental leave: share the joy!

The government is spending £1.5 million on a new campaign to promote awareness of the right of parents to take shared parental leave. Although around 285,000 couples qualify for shared parental leave each year, it is believed the take up… Read on

New tax-free childcare scheme now available to all

HMRC announced on 14 February that it was finally starting to accept applications from all eligible parents for the government’s new tax-free childcare scheme – which can give up to £2,000 of help with childcare costs. Since 21 April 2017… Read on

Government inquiry into workplace harassment

With the media spotlight firmly on sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, following allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein and others, tackling such misconduct is high on the political agenda. The Women and Equalities Committee has now launched a full… Read on

Sexual harassment at work: is it really black and white?

Female stars at this year’s Golden Globes and BAFTA awards wore black and celebrities at the Grammys donned white roses to show support for the movement against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. But what practical steps can individuals in… Read on

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