The government’s new Fit for Work Service is being slowly rolled out prior to its planned full implementation by May 2015 (after the government stop compensating employers’ for statutory sick pay (SSP) in April 2015).
You may recall that when it was announced last year it was originally named the ‘Health and Work’ Service.
Quick guide to the new Fit for Work Service (FFW)
What does the...Read More
In the summer (July 2014), we reported that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) were being asked to determine whether obesity should be considered a disability under Equality legislation. It involved the case of a Dutch childminder who claimed he was dismissed due to being overweight (he reportedly weighed 25 stone), and argued that he should have been considered disabled*.
The ECJ has...Read More
Holiday Pay; The State of Play
Earlier this month the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) handed down a landmark decision in relation to holiday pay which means that employers MUST now include EVERYTHING that is “normal remuneration” when calculating payments to employees for the first 4 weeks of statutory holiday pay (which is the 4 weeks guaranteed by the Working Time...Read More
BYOD Guidance (“Bring Your Own Device”)
The Government has issued guidance for employers who have employees using their own electronic devices for work including smart phones and tablets. The guidance includes important risk management considerations relating to data protection that particularly companies whose employees process sensitive client information should read.
ACAS have published guidance for employers on how to deal with those employees who are experiencing bereavement, including best practice advice in relation to compassionate leave. The guidance follows research earlier this year by the National Council for Palliative Care which found that:
87% of people agree that all employers should have a compassionate policy, which includes paid...Read More
In October 2013 the Government announced its intention to reform Apprenticeships, in an effort to drive more employers to use them and encourage the economy. This is being done in phases and with each phase new sectors and employers are getting involved in developing new ‘standards’ for apprenticeships.
The first phase of ‘Trailblazers’, a group of 8 employers,...Read More
The Advocate General (AG) has given his opinion in the Danish case of Kaltoft that we reported last month in which the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have been asked to rule on whether Obesity is a Disability.
In short, the AG has essentially said that ‘it probably can’.
He stated that whilst obesity itself is not a disability, that “severe, extreme or morbid obesity, will create limitations,...Read More
Amount of information and Human Rights
The Supreme Court has ruled that blanket disclosure of all criminal convictions and cautions, regardless of how minor or how long ago is a breach of Human Rights Law (Article 8 – right to respect for private life).
The court considered cases* involving a young man who had been forced to disclose youth warnings (the equivalent of an adult caution)...Read More
These days all businesses should check the immigration status of their workers but knowing what checks to carry out can be pretty daunting.
The Home Office have published 2 guides to help employers understand the changes in immigration law which came into effect on 16th May 2014, relating to employing foreign workers.
The checks an employer is expected to carry out are detailed in the guidance...Read More
More than 400 employees of Asda are bringing what has been described as a ‘test case’ for Equal Pay. The predominantly female claimants insist that their jobs as store staff are of equal value to positions in Asda distribution centres which are mainly held by men and which are higher-paid.
It is expected that the case will be heard by the employment tribunal in Manchester within the next two...Read More