Age discrimination: £63,000 for salesperson nicknamed “Gramps”

An employment tribunal awarded more than £63,000 for age discrimination to a salesperson who was nicknamed “Gramps” by his younger colleagues and later dismissed after customer complaints that he was “old fashioned” and “long in the tooth”. Stephen Simpson summarises this recent tribunal decision. Dismissal of salesperson nicknamed “Gramps” was tainted by age discrimination The employment… 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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Statutory redundancy pay to increase from 6 April 2016

The maximum amount of statutory redundancy pay and the limit on the amount employment tribunals can award for unfair dismissal increase from 6 April 2016, under new legislation published today. Employers that dismiss employees for redundancy must pay those with two years’ service an amount based on the employee’s weekly pay, length of service and age. The weekly… 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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HR must build bridges with business leaders, says study

Emphasising innovation seen as key to improving business relevance, while C-suite prioritises agility HR professionals could do more to help business leaders achieve their goals by increasing the organisational focus on innovation and building a stronger partnership between HR and the C-suite, according to a new study. Leadership Connections 2016: HR and the C-suite driving… Continue reading

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