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Top Ten Tips for Avoiding Discrimination in Recruitment

The Equality Act 2010 outlaws discrimination in employment in relation to nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation. Employers must ensure that the process they use to decide who they will offer employment to is free from discrimination which includes… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Some Things in Life are Guaranteed to be Satisfying

Some things in life are guaranteed to be satisfying, like having some down-time after a hard week, taking off high heels at the end of the day, getting into a freshly made bed and receiving good service. ‘Client satisfaction’ is a term frequently used as a measure of how products and services supplied by a… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Employment Law- Do you know your rights?

Employment Law- Do you know your rights? The Conservative party have said they will give employees a statutory right to unpaid carers leave in order to look after elderly relatives but what are some of the other rights workers already have to time off? All employees and workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Pay and Pay Equality

The British are notoriously bad at discussing money, so the stereotype goes, but pay and pay equality have very much been in the news in recent weeks. HMRC have released details of the (frankly ridiculous) reasons some employers gave for not paying their workers the minimum wage and at the other end of the spectrum… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Early update on early conciliation

Since 6 May 2014, early conciliation has been a compulsory requirement for all workplace disputes heading to the employment tribunal. The stated aim of early conciliation is to try and resolve the dispute quickly and cost effectively, finding a solution that is acceptable to both parties. Anyone proposing to make an employment tribunal claim will… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Update on the compensatory award

There are two elements of compensation payable to an employee found to have been unfairly dismissed by an employment tribunal. The first element is the basic award and the second element is the compensatory award. The amount of the compensatory award will, subject to a statutory limit, be such amount as the tribunal considers just… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

New ACAS guidance for something that is not all new

The Government has been running a campaign to reduce the amount of “red-tape” that business has to deal with. There is no definition of “red tape” but the thrust of the campaign is to get rid of unwanted regulations. However, the regulations were wanted once and would have not been brought in without a considerable… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Unfair dismissal and the range of reasonable responses

When an Employment Tribunal is assessing whether an employer has dismissed someone fairly they must not think what they would have done.  Instead they should look at whether the employer’s decision to dismiss fell within the range of reasonable responses to the circumstances that they faced. It is also the case that an employer should… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Changes to the compensation for unfair dismissal claims:

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (“Act”) introduced changes to the maximum value of compensatory awards for unfair dismissal.  Previously compensation for unfair dismissal consists of two elements. There was a basic award based on age and length of service at the time of termination and a compensatory award based on loss of earnings… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Employment tribunal payments to rise

The Government has announced increases to the limits for Employment Tribunal awards and related payments.  These will come into effect from 1st February 2013. Redundancy payments When calculating statutory redundancy payments the limit on  a week’s pay will rise from £430 to £450.  This rise also applies to the calculation of the basic award in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)