Steps HR must take to prepare for GDPR pre 25 May

April 30th, 2018

With less than a month to go, employers are reminded of the need to draft a Privacy Notice for issue to employees, workers and contractors – the Privacy Notice must then be signed and returned by all staff by 25 May 2018. Whilst the majority of UK businesses and HR managers are aware that the … Continue reading “Steps HR must take to prepare for GDPR pre 25 May”

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Number of Employment Tribunal claims rocket after fee ban

April 30th, 2018

The ban on Employment Tribunal fees has led the number of Tribunal claims to rise by up to 90%. Employers are being encouraged to review their employment policies, procedures and practices as the number of claims brought before Tribunals have increased significantly following the abolition of fees. At the end of July 2017, the Supreme … Continue reading “Number of Employment Tribunal claims rocket after fee ban”

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New bill seeks to ban unpaid trial shifts

April 30th, 2018

Parliament to hear evidence on the introduction of a ban for ‘disingenuous’ unpaid shifts. According to a newly proposed bill, businesses could be forced to pay prospective workers the minimum wage for trial periods. The newly launched private members bill put forward by SNP member Stewart McDonald MP has called for new legislation to stop … Continue reading “New bill seeks to ban unpaid trial shifts”

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Significant staff data breach at Morrisons should act as a warning

April 30th, 2018

With the GDPR fast approaching businesses can learn from the Morrisons’ data breach. In 2014, supermarket chain Morrisons suffered a serious data breach when the payroll data of nearly 100,000 employees was posted online by a disgruntled employee. The data, supplied by the company’s external auditor, KPMG, was copied by an authorised employee in HR … Continue reading “Significant staff data breach at Morrisons should act as a warning”

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Reforms to the tax treatment of termination payments adds complexity

April 30th, 2018

Employers need to ensure they correctly deduct the PAYE/NIC payable on termination payments. Further to HMRC’s “Simplification” of the Tax and NIC Treatment of Termination Payments consultation paper, changes have now come into effect as of 6 April 2018 in how termination payments must be treated regarding income tax and NICs. The thrust behind the … Continue reading “Reforms to the tax treatment of termination payments adds complexity”

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Increases to injury to feeling awards for discrimination now force

April 30th, 2018

The increase of the Vento bands means an increase in risk for employers facing a discrimination claim. Guidelines on the amounts paid to compensate claimants for their injury to feelings in discrimination claims, have been increased. For awards presented on or after 6 April 2018 the bands now have the following levels: Lower band – … Continue reading “Increases to injury to feeling awards for discrimination now force”

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Employment Tribunal decision to allow direct age discrimination in relation to retirement benefits confirmed by the Court of Appeal

April 30th, 2018

In some circumstances employers can attach rules to schemes offered to employees that have a discriminatory effect. The recent case of Air Products plc (AP) v Cockram has seen the Court of Appeal reinstate the decision of an Employment Tribunal which found that AP’s rule that only those aged 55 or over were allowed to … Continue reading “Employment Tribunal decision to allow direct age discrimination in relation to retirement benefits confirmed by the Court of Appeal”

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Claimant’s conversation with a journalist during a Tribunal adjournment results in a strike-out

April 30th, 2018

The success of a strike-out application on the basis of unreasonable conduct by a claimant emphasises the importance of following correct procedure in the Employment Tribunal. The recent case of Chidzoy v BBC demonstrates to claimants the importance of following the correct procedure during tribunal proceedings as unreasonable conduct will not be accepted by the … Continue reading “Claimant’s conversation with a journalist during a Tribunal adjournment results in a strike-out”

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Joelson assist Signature Flatbreads with joint venture buyout

April 24th, 2018

Leading London law firm, Joelson, has assisted the Eid family, the owners of award-winning Signature Flatbreads, with the buy out of their joint venture partner Aryzta. The family-owned business was set up by Samir Eid in 1984 under the name Honeytop Speciality Foods. It was then passed on to his sons William and Charles, before … Continue reading “Joelson assist Signature Flatbreads with joint venture buyout”

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Delamina opens with new licence thanks to help from Joelson

March 8th, 2018

A newly launched restaurant in Marylebone, launched by established restaurateurs, has thanked leading London law firm Joelson for helping it to acquire its licence.

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