Archive | 2019

Gender Pay Gap widens although it’s now nearly zero in under 40’s

The gender pay gap has widened for the first time in six years despite the disparity narrowing to almost nothing among younger workers, new figures have shown. Among full-time workers, women were paid 8.9 per cent less than men this year, a rise of 0.3 percentage points from 2018, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) […]

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Unfair Dismissal – caps on awards in tribunals

Unfair dismissal compensation The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases to £86,444 for dismissals that take place on or after 6 April 2019. 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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Flexible working requests


Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, eg having flexible start and finish times, or working from home. All employees have the legal right to request flexible working – not just parents and carers. This is known as ‘making a statutory application’. Employees must have worked for the same employer […]

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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 £8.21 per hour


From 1st April 2019 the main rate of the national minimum wage rises to £8.21 per hour for 25 year olds and over. The rate for workers aged 21 – 24 is £7.70 per hour. The rate for workers aged 16 – 17 has increased to £4.35 per hour. Workers aged 18-20 will receive £6.15 per […]

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ACAS Early Conciliation

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From 1st April 2014, anyone thinking about making an employment tribunal claim has been required to contact Acas first. Acas has then offered Early Conciliation to try and resolve the dispute quickly and cost effectively. The employee claimant (or employer claimant) is required to complete an Early Conciliation request form. The limitation period for bringing […]

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‘Worker’ or Self Employed Contractor in the gig economy?

In a long running case (still under appeal) the courts are attempting to apply some certainty to the distinction between ‘workers’, ‘self employed contractors’ or employees. This is important because workers have significant statutory rights, including the right to receive the National Minimum Wage and holiday pay. In a majority decision the Court of Appeal […]

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