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3rd Jul 2015
Acas publishes new guides on rights for antenatal and adoption appointments and surrogacy
Acas has published a brief guide explaining the rights to time off for antenatal and adoption appointments.
1st Jul 2015
"Working time" can include time spent travelling to and from home for workers with no fixed workplace
Advocate General Bot has given his opinion in a case before the European Court of Justice that for peripatetic workers (those who are not assigned to a fixed place of work), the time spent
1st Jul 2015
Employee fairly dismissed despite procedural deficiencies and non-compliance with Acas Code
The EAT has upheld a tribunal's decision that an employee's dismissal was fair in circumstances where there were serious procedural failings at the first stage of the process.
1st Jul 2015
Dismissal of Christian employee for expressing negative views on homosexuality was discriminatory
An employment tribunal has held that a Christian nursery employee was directly and indirectly discriminated against by her employer on the grounds of her religion or belief when it dismissed her
30th Jun 2015
Urgent Update - Holiday Pay Claims
Calculating holiday pay In addition to current legislation, a number of recent court judgments should be considered when calculating holiday pay.
29th Jun 2015
Government explains increase in apprenticeship national minimum wage rate
On 18 June 2014, the Low Pay Commission (LPC) was asked to make recommendations on the levels of each national minimum wage (NMW) which it believed should apply from October 2015.
25th Jun 2015
Valuing Older Workers Report from CIPD
A new study launched by the CIPD today reveals that the UK could face serious skills shortages over the next 20 years if employers don’t change their approach to workforce
18th Jun 2015
Wage Growth beats Expectations in UK
Average weekly wages, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.7% in the three months through to April, compared with growth of 2.3% in the three month period to March, reports ft.com.
16th Jun 2015
Employee who arrived for work smelling of alcohol was unfairly dismissed
Employee who arrived for work smelling of alcohol was unfairly dismissed An employment judge has held that the summary dismissal of a healthcare assistant for coming to work smelling of alcohol
15th Jun 2015
Dismissal of Christian employee for expressing negative views on homosexuality was discriminatory (ET)
Dismissal of Christian employee for expressing negative views on homosexuality was discriminatory (ET) An employment tribunal has held that a Christian nursery employee was directly and indirectly
15th Jun 2015
Government plans changes to work visas for non-EEA nationals
Government plans changes to work visas for non-EEA nationals The Migration Advisory Committee is considering government proposals to reduce employment of non-EEA migrants in the UK.
12th Jun 2015
Limited number of vacancies offer flexible working
Limited number of vacancies offer flexible working Research conducted by Timewise has found that 46% of people employed in the UK want to work flexibly. However only 6.
12th Jun 2015
Review of employment tribunal fees begins
On 11 June 2015, the government announced the start of a review of employment tribunal fees and the fee remission scheme.
30th Mar 2015
More Rights for Adopters 5 April 2015
More Rights for Adopters with effect from 5 April 2015, adopters will benefit from the increased rights which are listed below: Removal of the requirement for 26 weeks' service before employees
30th Mar 2015
Pay and Work Rights Helpline transfer to Acas
Pay and Work Rights Helpline transfer to Acas Advisory services provided by the Pay and Work Rights Helpline will transfer to Acas from 1 April 2015.
30th Mar 2015
Shared Parental Leave (SPL) 5 April 2015
Shared parental leave (SPL).
20th Mar 2015
National Minimum Wage Increase October 2015
National Minimum Wage Increase October 2015 National Minimum Wage: Rates will increase on 1 October 2015 to:   Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under
13th Dec 2014
Avoid the Christmas Legal Hangover 2014
The office Christmas Party season is in full swing. It’s a fun time but the festive celebrations can become a legal minefield for employers if things get out of hand.
7th Nov 2014
New Holiday Ruling 2014
On 4 November 2014, The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that companies should factor in overtime when calculating holiday pay, a controversial move that has been rebuffed by business leaders
4th Nov 2014
UK Living Wage Update 2014
The UK "living wage" - an hourly rate based on the amount needed to cover the basic costs of living - has been raised by 20p to £7.85 per hour.  The London rate will increase to £9.
7th Oct 2014
Sponsoring local business in Perth, Perthshire 2014
Fairways are sponsoring the Perth and Kinross Council Business & Enterprise month for the third consecutive year.
28th Sep 2014
Unfair Dismissal Protection for Reservists
Unfair Dismissal Protection for Reservists With effect from 1 October 2014, where an employee is dismissed exclusively (or mainly) because he or she is a member of the Reserve Force, the normal
27th Sep 2014
Employment tribunals must order equal pay audits
Equal Pay Audits From 1 October 2014 Employment Tribunals will have the power to order any employer that loses an equal pay case to carry out an equal pay audit.
26th Sep 2014
New Ante-Natal Rights 1 October 2014
New Ante-Natal Rights just around the corner! As from 1 October 2014, fathers/partners may take unpaid time off to accompany a pregant woman on up to two ante-natal appointments.
25th Sep 2014
National Minimum Wage Increase October 2014
National Minimum Wage Increase October 2014 National Minimum Wage: Rates will increase on 1 October 2014 to:   Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under
19th Jun 2014
What to do when an employee who goes off sick at the outset of a disciplinary investigation or during the disciplinary process
If your employee goes off sick at the outset of a disciplinary investigation or during the disciplinary process, you should complete as much of the process as you can in the employee's absence, for
19th Jun 2014
National Unemployment Statistics
National Statistics reports that the headline unemployment rate (ILO definition) ran at 6.6% during the period February to April 2014. The ILO unemployment level was 2.
18th Jun 2014
HR Support for you, when you need it!
Our professionally qualified staff have the skills and hands on approach to help you avoid costly mistakes in your business when recruiting or promoting staff.
18th Jun 2014
Need help producing a staff handbook?
Fairways can produce a staff (employee) handbook or manual for your business operation.
16th Jun 2014
New Rights for fathers to attend Ante Natal Appointments from 1 October 2014
The Children and Families Act 2014 enables expectant fathers, and partners of pregnant women, to take time off work to attend two antenatal appointments with the expectant mother.
16th Jun 2014
National Minimum Wage Increases from 1 October 2014
  The Government will increase the national minimum wage with effect from 1 October 2014. The main adult rate of the national minimum wage rises from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour.
16th Jun 2014
Certificate of Professional Competence renewal date for lorry drivers with "acquired rights"
  As of 1 September 2014 Lorry drivers with "acquired rights", ie drivers who held a vocational driving licence when the driver Certificate of Professional Competence was introduced on 10
16th Jun 2014
Duty to inform and consult under TUPE amended for micro-businesses
The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/16) provide that a micro-business, which is an employer with fewer than 10
16th Jun 2014
The Right to Request Flexible Working Changes
The Children and Families Act 2014 extends the right to request flexible working to all employees from 30 June 2014.
30th Oct 2013
Dealing with Severe Weather Conditions
It’s coming to the time of year when arctic conditions play havoc with our roads, transport and importantly our employees attempts to attend work.
22nd Sep 2013
Minimum Wage to Increase to £6.31
From 1 October 2013, the following national minimum wage rates apply: The main (adult) rate of the national minimum wage rises from £6.19 to £6.31 per hour.
10th Jun 2013
Changes to the Immigration Rules - July 2013
New changes to Immigration rules have been released today by the Home Office which come into force on 1 July 2013.
17th Apr 2013
Minimum Wage to Increase to £6.31 News Release
The Government has announced that the National Minimum Wage will rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds from October 2013.
1st Apr 2013
April 2013 - Key Changes in Employment
A number of changes are taking place during April 2013.
17th Feb 2013
Dispute Resolution
The Government has announced that the compensatory award for unfair dismissal will be capped at either the claimant's annual salary or the maximum award (currently £74,200) in place at the
17th Feb 2013
Important Dates for your Diary
8 March     Maximum amount of unpaid Parental Leave permitted for each child increases from  13 to 18 weeks in line with the updated EU Parental Leave Directive.
16th Feb 2013
2013 Employment Law Update Alert
2013 will see a number of changes coming through in employment law.
16th Feb 2013
New-look TUPE
New look TUPEThe Government has published proposals for changing TUPE 2006, following on from its consultation in November 2011.
16th Feb 2013
Parental Leave Proposals
Parental Leave The Government has published the Children and Families Bill 2013, containing proposals on shared parental leave, flexible working and adoption leave.
16th Feb 2013
Collective Redundancy
Redundancy The Government has confirmed that the consultation period for 100 or more redundancies will be reduced from 90 days to 45 days.
19th Jan 2013
Employment Law Announcement January 2013
The Government made a number of announcements on its ongoing employment law reform programme on 17th January 2013. Three new consultation papers and two responses have been published.
6th Dec 2012
Christmas Parties 2012
With the party spirit and Christmas celebrations all around us, organisations oftenfind themselves dealing with specific issues at this time of year – the ever jolly Christmas
14th Nov 2012
EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE
The employer duties will be applied differently to different categories of workers. Do you know how the Pension Reforms affect your organisation?The three categories of worker are: 1.
3rd Oct 2012
Health & Safety Law update
HSE now operates a Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme, which came into effect on 1 October 2012.
26th Sep 2012
October 2012 Employment Law update
From October: National minimum wage - New hourly pay rates from 1 October 2012: -   Increases from £6.08 for 21 years and older to £6.19-   £4.
27th Mar 2012
Employment Law update 2012
February: An increase on the Tribunal Awards came into effect on 1 February 2012.
9th May 2011
Minimum Wage from October 2012
Increases to the minimum wage rates, which take effect from 1 October 2012 has been announced by the Government:- £6.
14th Feb 2011
Legal compliance made easy for you
According to the Tribunals Service, the number of tribunal claims raised in the last year alone has increased by 56%.
26th Jan 2011
Contracts of employment
Employers are legally obliged to issue a statement of terms and conditions of employment within two months of the date of the employment commencing.
STATUTORY MATERNITY, PATERNITY & ADOPTION PAY RATE CHANGES
Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay rates increase from £136.78 to £138.18 on 6 April 2014.
Employee not under implied duty to disclose allegations of misconduct in absence of express term
The EAT has upheld a tribunal's decision that an employee was not under an express or implied duty to disclose to his employer allegations of sexual misconduct made against him while working
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