Real Employment Law Advice

Author: Miranda Amos

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Latest developments with employment law and HR for March/April 2021

Here is a round-up of some interesting developments in the world of HR and employment law in the past couple of months. A male employee on shared parental leave cannot claim sex discrimination because he is paid less than a woman on adoption leave …

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Do sleep-in shifts qualify for National Minimum Wage?

The Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson Blake (“the Mencap case”) that “sleep-in” shifts do not count as work for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015. This case spells the end of a long running dispute about pay rates…

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Can an employer make staff have the Vaccine?

Can I encourage staff to have the Covid Vaccine or even make it mandatory?When the Covid-19 vaccination programme started, Charlie Mullins, chairman of Pimlico Plumbers was one of the first to announce that the business was going to introduce – what has now been dubbed – a “no jab, no job” policy.

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General Updates

What’s new in employment law and HR- January/February 2021

Keep up to date with the ever changing world of employment law and HR. Here is a round-up of some interesting news and developments in the world of employment law and HR. Annual increases to National Minimum Wage and Statutory Payments for 21/22. IR35 Off-Payroll Working Rules to change…

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Employee Resources

Sick Pay and Covid-19

Frequently Asked Questions about Sick Pay and Covid-19 related absences. Over the past few weeks, we have been receiving a lot of queries from employers and employees about sick pay. It is a confusing area, not helped by the frequency with which Government guidance is updated.

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Extension of the Acas Early Conciliation Process

With increased cases and delays with the ACAS process many cases were being extended beyond the 4 week period and so it made sense to make the period available for early conciliation 6 weeks instead of 4.

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WhatsApp in the workplace – What’s an employer to do?

Communicating via WhatsApp messages in the workplace is becoming a popular way for colleagues to communicate with each other, this can however lead to problems in the workplace and put employers at risk of legal claims…

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Disability Discrimination

25 years of Disability Discrimination Legislation

It is hard to believe that it was only in 1995 that the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was passed, making it unlawful to discriminate against someone because of their disability.