Alternative Employment in a Redundancy Situation

There are several factors that should be considered, when looking at whether an offer of alternative employment is “suitable” or not, these include: Hours of Work Are the new hours of work different to those worked previously by the employee? You should consider whether they will lose, for example, entitlement to overtime. Also, consider if… Read more »

Posted 25-Sep-2019

Government eases no-deal Brexit migration rules

The government has backtracked on plans to abruptly end freedom of movement on 31 October in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This will come as a relief to employers. In a statement on 4th September 2019, Priti Patel confirmed that in a no-deal scenario the government would implement a temporary leave to remain scheme… Read more »

Posted 06-Sep-2019

The EU Settlement Scheme

Until Brexit EEA citizens will continue to evidence their right to work by providing their passport or national identity card. This will not change. With the exception of Irish citizens almost all citizens of European Economic Area countries must apply for ‘settled status’ following the UK’s departure from the European Union. Obtaining settled status will… Read more »

Posted 03-Sep-2019

Holiday Pay – where are we now?

The long-awaited Court of Appeal judgment has been issued in the case of Chief Constable for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and others v Alexander Agnew and others (otherwise known as the Police Holiday Pay case). The Court of Appeal found in favour of the police officers. The headline rulings are that a gap… Read more »

Posted 17-Jul-2019

Post Brexit – European Workers

Post-Brexit (29th March 2019), employers should be aware that the employment of workers from the EU is likely to be subject to restrictions in the same way as employment of other foreign nationals. Employers should start thinking about their recruitment processes to see if they need to be adjusted to allow for these changes. For… Read more »

Posted 28-Feb-2019

Auto-Enrolment Contributions Increase

Effective 6th April 2019 minimum contributions increase for both employers and employees: Employers are required to contribute a minimum of 3%; Employees are required to contribute a minimum of 5%. Employers should ensure that they allow appropriate time to consult with employees before making changes to their pension contribution scheme.

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GDPR and the ‘Right to be Forgotten’

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018. It is a complex and wide-ranging piece of legislation but the key points are that the GDPR will give people greater control over how their personal data is used and provide them with the much-publicised ‘right to be forgotten’ (erasure). After 25… Read more »

Posted 30-Apr-2018

New Financial Year Brings New Rules

The commencement of the new financial year on 6th April has seen the introduction of a number of important financial and taxation changes which those responsible for employment matters need to be aware of. National Insurance Contributions Payable on Termination Payments Exceeding £30,000 From 6th April employers will be liable to pay National Insurance Contributions… Read more »

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GDPR and staff data: the final countdown

With just four months to go before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, Sybille Steiner, an employment partner at Irwin Mitchell, outlines what HR departments need to do: 1. Data audit Businesses should carry out a data audit to identify areas where action needs to be taken to ensure compliance with the General… Read more »

Posted 31-Jan-2018

GDPR Fact Sheet

The General Data Protection Regulation is the new governing legislation for collecting and storing personal data in the EU. REGARDLESS of the decision to leave the EU, the GDPR will be coming into force on 25 May 2018 for all businesses and is the biggest change to data protection regulation in a generation. How prepared… Read more »

Posted 23-Oct-2017