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Employment law updates from April 2018

Employment law updates coming into effect from April 2018 include: 1.The National Living wage   On 1 April 2018, the rates of the national minimum wage will increase. Workers aged 25 and over (the national living wage) increases to £7.83 per hour Workers aged 21 to 24 [...]

Understanding Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Many employees continue to be confused about their entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay and sick pay in general, if they are absent from work due to ill health.  Some employees believe that they will continue to receive their full pay, even if their absence is [...]

Severe weather and employment rights

Following one of the coldest nights of the year, the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the next few days stating that the country could be hit by the worst cold weather since 1991. With train and flight services already adversely affected and predictions of widespread [...]

Managing employees on the hottest June day for 40 years

Britain experienced its hottest June day for 40 years this week as temperatures hit 34.5C. This was the highest June temperature since the 35.6C recorded in Southampton on 28 June 1976 and the first time the temperature was 30C or over on five consecutive days [...]

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force. These regulations aim to harmonise data protection laws across the EU. The GDPR will apply to any company processing the personal data of individuals in the EU. Under the GDPR, employers [...]

Why employment status matters

In today’s working environment, not everyone who works for a business is an employee. Some are self-employed, others are workers or agency workers. Given that employees have extensive employment rights the boundaries between these different categories are to some extent unclear. This can be demonstrated [...]

Rail strikes and travel chaos

Southern Rail is in a dispute with its recognised trade unions over plans to downgrade conductors and give the control of train doors to drivers. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) claims that the plan will put safety at risk and has [...]

Avoiding a Christmas hangover

With Halloween and bonfire night firmly behind us and only two weeks to go until Christmas, many employers are turning their attention to the long standing tradition of the Company’s Christmas party. Clearly, many employers will want to thank their team for the hard work [...]

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2016 – What this means for employers?

Philip Hammond described his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor, as a plan to ensure the UK economy is ‘match-fit’.   But what do these changes mean for employers? This guide reviews the key changes that employers will need to plan/prepare for over the coming months. 1. [...]

BREXIT and President Trump – navigating through an increasingly uncertain world

First there was the historic BREXIT vote in June which rocked the UK establishment to its core and now Donald Trump will be elected the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. In these turbulent and uncertain times, how can UK [...]