What employers should be looking out for in 2017

__   New regulations and cases to watch It seems rash to make firm predictions after the events of last year, although employment law change seems more likely to be a case of ‘steady as she goes’ than ‘full steam ahead’ in 2017. Nevertheless, organisations should be prepared for several important legislative and case law… Continue reading

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Firms ask employees to ‘do more’ to counter escalating wage costs

__   ‘Pay rises don’t come for free’ says analyst, as report finds employers have raised productivity and prices in response to increased national living wage Employers in low-paying sectors, such as retail, cleaning and hospitality, have found alternative ways to manage the increased cost of the national living wage (NLW), a new report by… Continue reading

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Businesses ‘unaware’ tribunal verdicts will be made public in 2017

___   Fear of reputational damage may encourage settlements; danger of ‘blacklisting’ of previous litigants, says lawyer Employers have yet to fully consider the implications of a major shift in the reporting of employment tribunal verdicts, according to legal experts who fear companies could feel compelled to settle out of court, or might even introduce… Continue reading

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Employment law changes April 2016: an eight-point checklist

Every April, new legislation affecting employment rights and responsibilities is introduced. This year, the development receiving the most attention is the introduction of the national living wage. But are you aware of other important employment law changes on their way? 1. The national living wage is introduced Workers aged 25 and over will be entitled… Continue reading

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Criminal offences outside work: what can employers do?

The Adam Johnson case highlights the issue of when to dismiss an employee charged with or convicted of an offence The case of ex-footballer Adam Johnson has hit headlines again, with the revelation that Sunderland Football Club’s chief executive Margaret Byrne was told about his sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan more than a year… Continue reading

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