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Are you ready for Christmas?

As we head towards the end of the year, the shops will be stepping up their Christmas campaigns and trying to persuade us all to enter into the spirit of the festive season.  Some I know put their trees up in November, which always seems a bit early to me.  However, this brings us to the annual message from HR professionals throughout the land about making sure it is an enjoyable time and doesn't get you or your employees into trouble with misbehaviour during Christmas parties.  This year there has been news that some of the bigger employers have decided to scale down evening events and instead go for lunchtime meals whilst making sure that they appoint "Sober Chaperones."
Posted on 29 Nov 2019

Hiding real reason for dismissal from dismissing manager is unfair

If a manager decides to bring about the dismissal of an employee, and fakes an admissible reason which fools the more senior dismissing officer, what is the ‘principal reason’ for dismissal? The hidden reason operating in the mind of the original manager, or the admissible reason operating in the mind of the decision-maker?

The Supreme Court has recently decided that is the hidden reason in the case brought by Jhuti against the Royal Mail Group. This is an extremely important ruling and will have a significant impact all unfair dismissal cases.
Posted on 29 Nov 2019

IR35 Extension - Will it affect your business?

According to a recent survey, a third of firms who regularly use contractors are not aware of the upcoming changes to legislation (known as IR35) that deals with the way they should be paid. It is already in place for public sector organisations but is being extended to private firms and charities in April 2020.
Posted on 05 Nov 2019

Following procedures is vital for a fair dismissal

A manager at a GP practice was recently unfairly dismissed following allegations that she and her mother gave themselves unauthorised pay rises, an employment tribunal (ET) has ruled.

The employee was dismissed for gross misconduct over allegations of theft of money, removing cash from the practice, failing to follow management instructions and increasing her own pay from £24,000 to £97,000 without authorisation or justification.
Posted on 01 Nov 2019

Guessing the NMW for next April!

Employers may have to guess the April 2020 NMW increase for budgeting purposes! It seems that because of the election announcement, there are timing issues with regards to the announcement from the Low Pay Commission this year and the Government's response
Posted on 01 Nov 2019
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