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Apr
15
2015

Employment tribunal fees and the general election.

Ahead of the general election, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have been discussing employment tribunal fees, and promising changes to achieve workplace justice....

Apr
15
2015

Zero hour contracts and the general election

Zero hour contracts are a hot topic with the upcoming election. For an employer, they provide the freedom of only having to pay for labour when it is required, meaning they minimise wasted labour costs. However, for the employee, it means an unreliable income, thus being unable to achieve financial stability....

Apr
13
2015

Stress at Work - when is psychiatric injury foreseeable?

In a personal injury claim, when is an employer liable for psychiatric illness caused by occupational stress? In a judgment this week, a court has upheld the leading authority of Hatton v Sutherland [2002], which confirms that it is a high hurdle for an employee to get over to demonstrate that psychiatric injury was reasonably foreseeable....

Apr
13
2015

Whistleblowing in relation to a group of staff was "in the public interest"

The EAT has found that a disclosure can be made in the “reasonable belief that it is in the public interest" even if it relates only to a group of staff as a whole rather than the wider public. ...

Apr
07
2015

Shared Parental Leave - The top ten things you must remember

Much has been written about Shared Parental Leave (SPL) in recent months, but now it is here! SPL can be taken by an employee who has a baby due on or after 5 April 2015, or a child placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. We have put together the top ten things that you must remember, now that SPL is in place:...

Apr
01
2015

Podcast: The Fit for Work scheme in under 4 minutes!

A brief summary of the new Fit for Work scheme, which has begun roll-out & will be available to employers in May. ...

Mar
30
2015

Malaysia initiative update

Our Malaysian delegates have now completed the second week of their UK placements! Last week they spent time with Reading Buses, Eurofoods Group, Hodge Bakshi accountants, and Eden Motors Group. We are confident that they have gained a wealth of new skills and knowledge on strategic and commercial development from their experiences. ...

Mar
26
2015

Tribunal decision in Lock case gives guidance on calculation of holiday pay

In the holiday pay case of Lock v British Gas, which concerned commission payments, the European Court of Justice found that Mr Lock’s commission was intrinsically linked to his role as a salesman. Hence, his statutory holiday pay should include an amount to reflect the commission he would have earned had he not taken annual leave....

Mar
26
2015

Changes to the UK Immigration Rules due to come into force in April 2015

UK Visas & Immigration ("UKVI") has recently announced a number of changes to the UK's immigration rules, most of which will take effect from 6 April 2015 and apply to new applications or extensions made on or after that date. Existing visas and applications submitted prior to 6 April will be subject to the rules currently in place....

Mar
24
2015

Our Commonwealth initiative – spotlight on Malaysia

In 2014, the Malaysian population was estimated at over 30 million people, making it the 41st most populated country in the world. A member of the Commonwealth, more than 50% of the country consists of jungle, which is home to over 70 species of endangered mammals. ...

Mar
18
2015

What does The 2015 Budget mean for businesses?

Today George Osborne released the budget for 2015 and announced ‘the rich will pay the most’. He stated that £30bn worth of savings must be found, however insisted that the UK economy was improving and that “the sun is shining on Britain”. Here we look at the main points of the budget likely to affect businesses and employees. ...

Mar
16
2015

Supporting skills development in Malaysia

You will already be aware that we are collaborating with our group companies Clarkslegal and The CEIP on an initiative aimed at strengthening the Malaysian university system. Four Malaysian university Vice Chancellors are currently in the UK undergoing placements with host companies who have kindly agreed to give up their time to support our initiative. ...

Mar
12
2015

Resignation which amounts to constructive dismissal does not fall within the meaning of harassment.

Where an employee is subjected to separate acts of harassment, can an employee’s subsequent resignation also amount to an act of harassment? ...

Mar
12
2015

Zero hours - anti avoidance measures confirmed.

The Government has confirmed the measures that it intends to take to tackle avoidance of the forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. ...

Mar
11
2015

Forbury People welcomes Malaysian academics to the UK

Four Malaysian academics, all Vice Chancellors from top Malaysian Universities, have just arrived in London and Forbury People has been instrumental in bringing them to the UK. Here for four weeks, they are funded by the Malaysian government to observe UK business practice....

Jan
23
2015

John Lewis agrees to additional £12 million a year in holiday pay liability

John Lewis Partnership has announced that with effect from February 2015 , when calculating holiday pay it will follow the Employment Appeal Tribunal...

Dec
18
2014

Effects of obesity can be a disability - ECJ confirms

The European Court of Justice has today given judgment in the obesity and disability case involving a Danish childminder...

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