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Equal Pay Day 2015 - Where Are We Now?

Posted by on November 9th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

Monday 9 November 2015 marks this year’s “Equal Pay Day” – a day wholly designed to highlight the difference in pay between men and women across the country.

Falling in or around the start of November each year, statistics released in accordance with 2014’s Equal Pay Day stated that on average, women were being paid £2.53 per hour less than men, and that in general, the UK had fallen out of the top 20 countries in the world for gender equality.

The key question therefore arises - one year on (and now 45 years on from the introduction of the Equal Pay...

The Importance Of Social Interaction In The Workplace

Posted by on October 28th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

The Importance Of Social Interaction In The Workplace

I recently tweeted an article from “Management Today” about business owners looking after themselves, and the fact that the health of the business owner is integral to the health of the business.

This article got me thinking, and as I spend every day looking at people management issues it is easy to spot people who have stopped looking after themselves, believing that the good of the business is more important than their own wellbeing, whether that is their own business or they are working for someone else. The article specifically referred to diet, rest and exercise, as you would...

Important Changes to Section 21 Notices

Posted by on September 21st 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation, Property

Residential Landlord and Tenant

The Deregulation Act 2015 (“DA”)  received its Royal Assent on 27th March and has changed the law regarding how landlords can use a section 21 notice.

The main changes come in on 1st October 2015.

One of the aims of the DA was to prevent landlords using Section 21 notices to evict tenants in retaliation for complaining about the condition of the property.

The new laws now state that from 1st October, if the landlord serves a section 21 notice on a tenant in response to complaining about the condition of the property, the tenant can report the matter...

Travel to First and Last Clients of the Day is Deemed Working Time

Posted by on September 15th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

In Federacion de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and another, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) considered whether time spent travelling by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time.

Background

Tyco (comprised of Tyco Integrated Security SL and Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Corporation Services SA), a company which installs and maintains security systems at customers’ premises in Spain, shut down its regional offices in 2011, assigning all of its employees to one central office in Madrid.

Due to the nature of the company’s work, employees are required to travel to various locations...

The National Three Peaks Challenge

Posted by on September 3rd 2015 in Blog Posts

Following on from the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in July, Joel Derman, Craig Roberts and Charlie Siegle from Kitsons took on the National Three Peaks challenge on the 15th of August, with the aim of climbing Ben Nevis, Sca Fell Pike and Snowdon in under 24 hours. At 3am in complete darkness at Sca Fell Pike wearing head torches and with steep steps seemingly rising forever they had their doubts that they could complete the challenge. Joel and Charlie almost cracked. Craig just carried on untroubled, living up to his “terminator” nickname.

In the end they made it off Sca Fell...

Apprenticeships - Getting the Law Right

Posted by on September 3rd 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

We are all aware of the advantages that Apprenticeships provide to both the company and the apprentice. Our organisation has first hand experience of the benefits of employing an apprentice and it has proven to be an incredibly beneficial experience for all.

The law around apprentices is relatively straight forward, but it is essential that the organisation gets it correct from the outset or you may fall foul of the legislation if things do not work out with the apprentice. It could mean they have enhanced rights upon termination, so making it far more difficult to terminate the arrangement. If an apprentice...

Business Tax Returns - What's the Real Story?

Posted by on August 19th 2015 in Blog Posts, Insolvency

Whilst many of us gladly welcome the summer season, for many small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) across England, this time of year does not necessarily bring the same sense of appeal.

31 July 2015 – doomsday or just another date for the diary?

Friday 31 July 2015 marked the deadline for SMEs paying self-assessment tax to have filed their returns for the year. Accordingly an up-front payment for 50% of their annual tax liability was required in a one-off, lump sum.

Payment of this tax is notoriously problematic for many enterprises across the country. In fact, it is not unheard of for an...

Relief from Sanctions

Posted by on August 6th 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

The Court of Appeal has overturned a Judgment criticised for imposing draconian sanctions on a law firm for missing four cost deadlines.  The decision by Lord Justice Richards in the case of Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Sinclair & others [2015] EWCA Civ 774 (23 July 2015) has confirmed the position in Denton, and effectively ‘reversed’ the earlier decision of Mitchell.  

In Denton v TH White Ltd & another [2014] EWCA Civ 906 the Court set new guidance for assessing whether relief from sanction should be granted for non-compliance with Court orders. Emphasis was placed on requiring the Court to...

Reform of Court Structure

Posted by on August 3rd 2015 in Blog Posts, Litigation

Alongside the intended wholesale overhaul of the Justice system recently announced by Michael Gove, the Ministry of Justice is also pressing ahead with existing plans to reform the Courts and Tribunals.

The programme of reform was announced by the Ministry of Justice in March 2014, and is expected to yield savings of £100 million per year by 2019.  The reform was intended to focus on the following areas:

  1. Modernisation of technology and IT systems to enable electronic case management;
  2. Introduction of an online self-service system for Court users;
  3. Video links, wifi and digital presentation of documents in Court;
  4. Modernisation of Court buildings and facilities; and
  5. Upgraded...

Patterson v Castlereagh Borough Council [2015] NICA 47

Posted by on July 30th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

The law surrounding the calculation of holiday pay is in a state of evolution. The starting position is that employees are entitled to receive ‘normal remuneration’ during periods of annual leave. However what is considered ‘normal remuneration’? It seems it is a fluid concept at the moment.

Last year the decision in Bear Scotland established that the types of payments that should be considered ‘normal remuneration’ include:

  • Commission payments.
  • Guaranteed and non-guaranteed overtime payments.
  • Standby payments
  • Emergency call-out payments.
  • Bonuses for attendance and performance (excluding bonus’s that are based on service or departmental performance rather than individual, unless taking holiday will negatively affect the bonus payment).
  • Acting-up...

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