Real Employment Law Advice

Author: Miranda Amos

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Can you reduce an employee’s wages because they work from home?

According to a recent survey of 1,000 employers by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), one in ten employers plan to reduce the pay or benefits of workers who choose to work from home rather than return to the office.  

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Without prejudice letters: Are they really ‘off the record’?

Are “without prejudice” letters admissible as evidence if they contain grossly exaggerated allegations of misconduct? This was the question that was considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd v Sommer  in relation to a letter proposing settlement..

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Employees and second jobs – what employers need to know

With the cost of living rising exponentially, more and more people are having to take on second jobs or extra hours to make ends meet.   Here we consider the contractual and employment law issues that employers need to be aware of when their employees have second jobs. 

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Annual increases to National Minimum Wage and Statutory Payments for 22/23

Annual increases to National Minimum Wage and Statutory Payments for 22/23. The following increases to the National Minimum Wage and the rates of statutory payments have taken effect from 1 April 2022: National Minimum Wage (age 23 plus – the National Living Wage) to increase from £8.91 to £9.50..

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P & O Ferries dismisses 800 staff without notice

As you may have heard on the news, P & O Ferries recently dismissed 800 of its employees without warning or notice.   The news was delivered to the affected employees via video call on 17 March 2022 and, just like that, 800 employees learned that they were out of a job.

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An employer has been ordered to pay compensation after making menopause comments

An employee recently succeeded in claiming that she had been harassed on the grounds of her sex and age following comments made by her manager about menopause.  She also won her claim of victimisation based on the treatment she received after she complained about the offending comments. 

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Employee asked to stop flatulating loses disability-related harassment claim

Employee asked to stop flatulating loses disability-related harassment claim. In the recent case of Mr Tarique Mohammed v Crown Prosecution Service 3323914/2016 and others, Mr Mohammed, a barrister employed by the CPS, was unsuccessful in arguing that he had been discriminated against..