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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?

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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

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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

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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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Employment tribunal fees ruled unlawful

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Fees for bringing employment tribunal claims have been ruled unlawful, and the government will now have to make good their promise to repay up to £32m to claimants. The government introduced fees of (up to) £1,200 in 2013 to weed out weak claims and reduce the number of claims to an over burdened system, which […]

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Flexible working requests

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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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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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