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Kitsons' Employment Practical Leadership Programmes

Posted by on October 6th 2017 in Employment, Kitsons News

Kitsons Employment Team are pleased to announce a series of seminars aimed at those with HR Management responsibility in their organisation.

The seminars are scheduled to run across the course of the next six months, coverting all aspects of HR within the business. Spaces will be limited, with just 12 attendees for each workshop to allow maximum interaction and engagement.

The sessions will be half a day (9.15am start) with lunch, closing at 2.00pm, held at our offices:

  • Torquay: Kitsons LLP, Minerva House, Orchard Way, Edginswell Park, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7FA
  • Exeter: Kitsons LLP, The Forum,...

Barbulescu v Romania: Case Update - Can Employers Monitor Employees Emails?

Posted by on October 2nd 2017 in Employment

Barbulescu v Romania: Case Update - Can Employers Monitor Employees Emails?

Can Employers Monitor Employees Emails?

In the case of Barbulescu v Romania the Romanian Court ruled that an employer had acted lawfully when it monitored an employee’s Yahoo Account. The account in question was a Yahoo Messenger account, which the employee was encouraged to use to speak to customers. The employer found, however, that the account was also being used for personal purposes – namely messaging his brother and partner. Mr Barbulescu was subsequently dismissed from his role.  The Court upheld the decision of the employer to dismiss him,...

The Launch of the New Business and Property Court of England & Wales

Posted by on September 29th 2017 in Employment

The Launch of the New Business and Property Court of England & Wales

The Business and Property Courts of England & Wales will be launched on 02 October 2017. The new court will comprise the following:

  • Commercial Court
  • Technology and Construction Court
  • Courts of the Chancery Division
  • Insolvency and Companies Court
  • Admiralty Court
  • Business list
  • Financial list
  • Competition list
  • Intellectual Property List
  • Property Trust and Probate List; and
  • Revenue List.

In addition to London there will be 5 main regional centres comprising of Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Cardiff. Users will be asked to identify which centre they wish to issue proceedings in.   This will enhance the connection between London and the regions with the mantra that...

Flexible Working Hours

Posted by on September 28th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Flexible Working Hours

A survey of 1000 parents has suggested that those who request flexible working to enable them to look after their children are punished for doing so by being given fewer hours, worse shifts and in some cases have lost their jobs.  

The survey focused on mums and dads in “low paid” jobs particularly in the retail, hospitality and social care sectors and identified that part of the problem is that many employees are unaware of their rights to flexible working.

Every employee who has been employed for 26 weeks has the statutory right to apply for flexible working – as long...

Mental Health in the Workplace: Fit notes

Posted by on September 27th 2017 in Employment

Mental Health in the Workplace: Fit notes

In the UK, employees are entitled to statutory sick pay of up to 28 weeks. Whilst nothing is required to be produced by the employee for sickness leave of seven days or less, an employee who is absent for longer must provide a “fit note” (previously known as a doctor’s note or sick note). A fit note is a record of advice from the employee’s doctor to their employer. It is not legally binding but acts as confirmation of the sickness, as well as providing the employer with some details as to an expected return date, and what the employer...

£1,000,000 Paid to Employees after Adminstration

Posted by on September 25th 2017 in Employment

£1,000,000 Paid to Employees after Adminstration

A recent Employment Tribunal has ordered the payment of approximately £1,000,000 to nearly 300 former staff of the European Division law firm who’s employment was terminated when it went into administration. The Tribunal held that the firm had failed to carry out a proper redundancy consultation with the staff. It is essential that when over 100 redundancies are proposed, or considered a possibility, a formal consultation process is entered into. When over 100 staff are effected, the employer must carry out as a minimum, a formal 45 day consultation process before making staff redundant. The law firm had started the...

EAT: Voluntary Overtime, Standby Allowances and call-out Payments should be Included in Holiday Pay Calculations if Sufficiently Regular

Posted by on August 7th 2017 in Employment

EAT: Voluntary Overtime, Standby Allowances and call-out Payments should be Included in Holiday Pay Calculations if Sufficiently Regular

In the landmark case of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) gave the first binding decision to confirm voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay.

The case involved 56 council workers employed as tradesmen, who worked their day jobs and also carried out voluntary overtime and other additional duties such as standby shifts and out-of-hours call outs. The regularity of these voluntary duties was decided wholly by the employees, and they were paid additional wages in respect of them, as well as receiving travel and mileage allowances. The workers brought claims in the...

Supreme Court Ruling - Employment Tribunal Fees Quashed

Posted by on August 2nd 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

A Supreme Court decision in the case of R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor has declared that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (Fees Order), which imposes fees for employment tribunals, to be unlawful and prohibitive as it prevents access to justice. The Fees Order was found to be unlawful under both domestic and EU law. It has been called a landmark ruling and is perhaps one of the most important judgements in employment law in the last 50 years.

As a result of the ruling, from 26th July 2017 tribunal fees cease to...

Reports Consider the Implementation of the NLW and NMW

Posted by on August 1st 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) has published two reports looking at how successfully the implementation of the new rules surrounding national living wage and national minimum wage has been.

The first report, called National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage, provides information on the subjects of compliance and enforcement. The report highlights that, following the implementation of the National Living Wage, 360,000 workers received less than the National Minimum Wage.

In order to resolve this and encourage efficient enforcement, HMRC resources were increased by £7 million – from £13 million to £20 million – for the year 2016/2017,...

State Pension Age Changed Again

Posted by on July 25th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

It has been announced by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that six million individuals in the UK will be forced to wait a year longer than anticipated to receive their state pension.

The change, which affects men and women born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978, follows recommendations made in the Cridland Report – an independent review of State Pension arrangements after 2028 carried out by John Cridland CBE.

The government anticipate that the changes will save the taxpayer £74 billion by 2045/2046, and while it was initially due to...

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