Archived Legal Articles from 2014

Employment & HR

December

Anticipated Changes to Employment Law in 2015

16/12/14

There are several anticipated changes to Employment Law to watch out for in 2015 - · Shared parental leave will come into effect for parents of children born or matched for adoption on or after the 5 th April 2015. Subject to various qualifying provisions, parents may be able to choose…

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November

Overtime Ruling Proves Costly for Employers

04/11/14

An Employment Expert at Forbes Solicitors is warning that today's ruling in relation to overtime and holiday pay will prove costly for employers. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that voluntary overtime should be taken into account when holiday pay is being calculated. Whilst full…

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October

Trio Qualify as Solicitors

03/10/14

Forbes Solicitors is pleased to announce three Trainee Solicitors have now fully qualified after completing their two year training contracts with the firm. Lauren Smith joins the Commercial Property team at Blackburn; Jennifer Baines joins the Employment Department based in Preston whilst…

National Minimum Wage Rates Increase

01/10/14

The Employment Team at Forbes Solicitors are reminding employers that as from 1st October 2014 the national minimum wage rates are to change - · the adult rate will increase by 19p to £6.50 an hour · the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 10p to £5.13 an hour…

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August

What is included in holiday pay?

27/08/14

Holiday pay can be a complicated area for employers. If you have employees who regularly receive commission or overtime as part of their salary, should that be taken into account when calculating their holiday pay? A recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision clarified the situation relating to…

Employer's Beware: Court Of Appeal Condemns Increased Sanctions On Appeal

07/08/14

The Court of Appeal has determined that appeals against the outcome of disciplinary proceedings cannot normally result in an increased sanction against the (former) employee. In the case of McMillan v Airedale NHS Foundation Trust , the Court of Appeal considered Miss McMillan's appeal against two…

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July

Changes to Flexible Working

04/07/14

The Government have introduced new regulations in 2014 concerning flexible working. The new rules came into force on 30 June 2014. Previously, a request for flexible working could only be made by parents of children under 17 (or 18 if the child was disabled) and certain carers. The new regulations…

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June

Amended TUPE Regulations - Key Changes

27/06/14

After a lengthy Government Consultation process, The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into effect earlier this year. These Regulations amend the existing TUPE Regulations. With the promise of reduced bureaucracy and…

Zero Hours Contracts Warning

25/06/14

Forbes Solicitors is warning local businesses to review their employment contracts following today's announcement regarding the controversial zero hours contracts. The Government are implementing plans to ban the use of an exclusivity clause in zero hours contracts. The often criticised zero hours…

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May

Statutory Sick Pay Recovery Scheme Abolished

01/05/14

With effect from the 6th April 2014, the Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) has been abolished. The PTS enabled employers to recover some of the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to their employees if the total SSP paid was more than 13% of the Class 1 National Insurance contributions due for the month.…

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March

Early Conciliation - Act Now!

26/03/14

The process for dealing with Employment Tribunal claims is changing and acting now could save your organisation time and money further down the line. From 6 April 2014 employees who wish to bring Employment Tribunal claims against their employer will first have to go through ACAS' Early…

Unfair References Can Prove Costly for Employers

04/03/14

Employers who unfairly give former employees bad references could face expensive compensation claims, warns a Lancashire Employment Solicitor. In a recent case an employer provided an unfavourable reference as a result of an employee's involvement in a complaint of discrimination. The Court of…

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February

Employment Tribunal Fee Not Unlawful - Welcome News For Employers

07/02/14

An Employment Solicitor has welcomed a High Court ruling that the introduction of fees for bringing Employment Tribunal claims was not unlawful as good news for employers. The lawfulness of Tribunal fees was challenged by the trade union UNISON immediately after being implemented. The challenge was…

Roache Case Serves As Timely Reminder For Employers

06/02/14

An Employment expert at Forbes Solicitors is warning employers that the case involving actor William Roache should serve as a timely reminder about the employment implications of a criminal prosecution. Where an employee is accused or convicted of a criminal offence in relation to conduct carried out…

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations

05/02/14

From 31st January 2014, new Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations come into force. The new provisions allow the renegotiation of terms agreed in a collective agreement one year after transfer, provided that overall the change is no less favourable to the employee.…

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27 Jul 2018

Employment & HR

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Employment Tribunal Claims Continue to Rise Following Abolition of Tribunal Fees

The Employment Tribunal (ET) is an independent judicial body established to resolve disputes between employers…

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