Archive | 2018

Unfair Dismissal – caps on awards in tribunals

Unfair dismissal compensation The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases to £83,682 for dismissals that take place on or after 6 April 2018. The maximum amount that you can be awarded as compensation for Unfair Dismissal is presently this statutory cap or 52 weeks gross salary- whichever is the lower. This is in addition […]

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Self employed or employed?


The Supreme Court has held that a plumber, who worked under a contract describing him as self-employed, was in fact a worker, entitling him to various employment rights. This case appears to support the recent trend for finding that individuals purportedly engaged on a self-employed basis are in fact workers for the purposes of employment […]

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Parental leave


The Parental Leave Directive (2010/18/EU) (PDF format, 743K) (on the Europa website) repeals and replaces the Parental Leave Directive (96/34/EC). The permitted period of parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child increases from three to four months, and at least one of the four months will not be transferable between parents. The weekly rate […]

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National minimum wage increases to £7.83 per hour


From 1st April 2018 the main rate of the national minimum wage rises to £7.83 per hour. The rate for workers aged 21 – 24 is £7.38 per hour. The rate for workers aged 16 – 17 has increased to £4.20 per hour. Workers aged 18-20 will receive £5.90 per hour minimum. The apprentice rate (if […]

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