There are a few employment law changes that will take effect on 1 October 2014, including:
• the annual increase in national minimum wage (NMW). The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 SI 2014/2485 enact the biggest cash increase in take home pay for low paid workers since 2008, as the rate for workers aged [...]

At present, pregnant employees/agency workers have the statutory right to paid time off during working hours to attend antenatal appointments. This right applies to employees regardless of the length of service or number of hours worked, although to gain the right, an agency worker must have completed a 12 week qualifying service period with the [...]

Banter, discrimination, employment law, disciplinary procedure

Speaking live at TUC Congress on Monday, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna is announcing that the next Labour Government will “scrap” the Government’s employment tribunal system and replace it with “a fairer system to ensure that affordability is not a barrier to employees seeking redress in the workplace.” The announcement doesn’t make it clear whether [...]

Tattoos and Employment Law

September 4th, 2014

Policies which restrict tattoos are common in the UK. The Metropolitan Police bans tattoos on the face, hands and above the collar line, as well as any which could be considered to be “discriminatory, violent or intimidating”. In 2012, the music retailer HMV was criticised for issuing guidelines instructing staff to cover up their [...]

In Atkinson v Community Gateway Association the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that an employee is not prevented from claiming constructive dismissal by the fact that he is in breach of contract at the time of the employer’s breach.
Mr. Atkinson resigned from his post as Director of Resources of the respondent housing association [...]

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