Appeal rejected in landmark holiday pay case

Unison defends ruling at EAT to secure money for workers on commission An appeal in a landmark case on holiday pay has been rejected by the Employment Appeal Tribunal today, meaning people who earn commission will see their pay bumped up to include it. The decision in the long-running saga of British Gas v Lock… Continue reading

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Foreign graduates command 30 per cent pay premium

Employers in finance, IT, compliance and data analysis hire most overseas graduates An analysis of 32,000 university graduates working in the UK has revealed employers are paying a premium of up to 30 per cent to foreign graduates. The analysis, by crowd-sourcing data firm Emolument, confirmed that for jobs with the highest proportions of foreign… Continue reading

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Sexual harassment: tribunal awards £830k to NHS HR director

An employment tribunal has awarded more than £830,000 to an NHS HR director who was constructively dismissed and harassed after she rejected sexual advances from the NHS trust’s chairman. Stephen Simpson rounds up tribunal decisions reported in the previous week. NHS trust’s former HR director wins sexual harassment employment tribunal A former HR director who brought… Continue reading

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Cyber security and job cuts top agenda for UK banking chiefs, finds PwC

UK finance bosses have ‘markedly’ different expectations to global peers Looking ahead to 2016, UK banking chief executives expect an increase in cyber-attacks, headcount reductions, and tougher expectations from stakeholders over banking transparency, according to a survey from PwC. While almost four out of 10 (36 per cent) banking and capital markets leaders were particularly… Continue reading

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Effectively managing a resignation – By HPC’s Eluned Ward

I was once told think of an organisation as a bucket of water, and when somebody leaves it is like you remove a cup of water from the bucket – it causes ripples but eventually it will return to a smooth surface. How long those ripples continue will depend on how a resignation is handled.… Continue reading

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Union claims civil service faces further job cuts to make room for 30,000 apprentices

Union claims civil service faces further job cuts to make room for 30,000 apprentices Ministers are using redundancy terms to hire trainees ‘on the cheap’, says PCS union The government plans to make more civil servants redundant to make space for up to 30,000 apprentices by 2020, according to the PCS union. The claims follow… Continue reading

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Government unveils gender pay gap reporting rules for large employers

League tables set to highlight poor performers in a bid to drive change From 2018, companies with more than 250 employees will be required to make their gender pay gap publically available online, the government has announced. Employers that fail to address gender pay disparities will also be highlighted in new league tables intended to… Continue reading

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Employers risk breach of holiday rights with annual leave contract wording

Some employees are set to suffer a breach of their annual leave rights as a result of the way that Easter bank holidays fall this year and how they fall next year. The wording in some employees’ contracts may result in an unanticipated shortfall in their holiday entitlement, for which their employer will be liable,… Continue reading

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Monitoring employee communications: recent ruling no green light to spy on staff

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that an employer had not breached human rights law when monitoring employee communications. However, UK employers would be wrong to see this as a green light to spy on staff. Emma Vennesson and Huw Beverley-Smith advise employers on policy and practice in a sensitive area of employment law.  Many… Continue reading

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Employee with dyslexia wins case against Starbucks

A Starbucks employee has won a disability discrimination case against the coffee giant, after problems arising from her dyslexia led her to make mistakes. The employment tribunal found that Meseret Kumulchew had been discriminated against and accused of falsifying documents. She worked as a supervisor at a Starbucks branch in Clapham, south London, where she was… Continue reading

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