Employment Case Law Update June 2024
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by Anne Morris
2w ago
Read on for our monthly digest for employers on upcoming employment law changes and key, recent employment tribunal cases.   Indirect Discrimination Boohene and Ors v Royal Parks Ltd   The claimants were employed by a contractor working on an outsourced maintenance contract for Royal Parks. Although Royal Parks had committed to ensuring its employees earned at least the London Living Wage (LLW), it did not require the contractor to pay its employees the same rate. The claimants, who were mostly from black or minority ethnic backgrounds and thus more likely to be in outsourced roles ..read more
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UK General Election Manifesto: Summary for Employers
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by Anne Morris
2w ago
Ahead of the UK General Election on 4 July 2024, the following summary for employers sets out the manifesto pledges of the main parties in relation to employment and immigration law.   Labour Party Employment   The Labour Party’s employment plans are detailed in “Labour’s plan to make work pay: Delivering a New Deal for Working People.” The Labour manifesto commits to fully implementing this plan, including introducing legislation within the first 100 days. The party promises to consult thoroughly with businesses, workers, and civil society on how to put their plans into practice bef ..read more
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What is a Biometric Passport?
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by Anne Morris
2w ago
Biometric passports, also known as e-passports, are travel documents that include an embedded microchip containing biometric information, such as the passport holder’s facial features, fingerprints, and iris scans. They are designed to enhance security and streamline the identification process at border controls. In the United Kingdom, biometric passports have been issued as standard since 2010 to improve travel safety and efficiency. In this guide, we look at how biometric passports work and what you need to do to apply for one in the UK.   Section A: What is a Biometric Passport?   ..read more
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Guide to the Payslip for Employers
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by Anne Morris
2w ago
One of the fundamental elements of UK employment rights in relation to pay is that workers are entitled to receive a written itemised statement of pay, otherwise known as a payslip. Payslips ensure that workers understand how much they are being paid, what deductions have been taken and what period the pay covers. Workers need payslips to ensure transparency and accuracy in their earnings and deductions, and they also serve as official records for tax purposes, loan applications and employment verification. If an employer fails to provide a payslip or the payslip contains inaccurate informatio ..read more
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Immigration Compliance Guide for Employers
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by Anne Morris
2w ago
Immigration compliance refers to the legal obligations imposed on organisations that ensure they are lawfully employing, housing, or providing services to non-UK nationals and on individuals to ensure their lawful status in the UK is maintained. For businesses, failure to comply can result in severe penalties, including substantial fines, loss of their sponsor licence and damage to reputation. For individuals, non-compliance can lead to legal consequences such as fines, detention, or even deportation. In this guide, we set out the key areas of immigration compliance under UK laws, with practic ..read more
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Indefinite Leave to Remain Fee Guide 2024
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by Anne Morris
2w ago
Applying for indefinite leave to remain comes with a significant financial commitment, particularly for those applying with dependants. Your application will not be processed if there are issues with your fee, making it important to ensure you have the required funds and that you pay the correct amount. In this guide, we explain the fees associated with applying for indefinite leave to remain – from the ILR application fee to other related costs – with guidance on how to pay, as well as the rules on refunds and reductions.   Section A: Indefinite Leave to Remain Fees   Applying for U ..read more
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Minimum Wage 2024: Guide for Employers
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by Anne Morris
3w ago
The UK operates a National Minimum Wage (NMW) system, obligating employers to pay workers a minimum amount per hour. The rates are subject to regular reviews and typically increase each year in April. UK employers have to stay informed about current NMW rates and comply with their obligations to pay workers at least their legal entitlement to avoid penalties and legal issues. In this guide, we explain what the National Minimum Wage is, what the current rates are, and share best practice for employers to stay compliant when managing payroll.   Section A: Overview of Minimum Wage 2024   ..read more
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Effective Redundancy Planning for Employers
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by Anne Morris
3w ago
Redundancy refers to the type of dismissal when a role is no longer needed. A role may become redundant when an employer needs to reduce their workforce because of factors such as organisational restructuring or closure, financial difficulties, or changes in business operations. In the UK, redundancy is governed by specific regulations designed to balance the rights of employees with the operational needs of employers. When managing redundancies, employers in the UK must adhere to specific legal obligations, including requirements for a fair selection process, appropriate consultation periods ..read more
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Settlement Agreements for Employers
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by Anne Morris
3w ago
Settlement agreements offer employers and employees a way to end employment on mutually agreed terms. Effective use of these agreements can help employers mitigate risks, protect company interests, and maintain a positive workplace environment. They also ensure that any potential claims are resolved without the need for lengthy and costly legal proceedings. However, for a settlement agreement to be legally binding and effective, there are several requirements that must be met, as well as practical considerations for employers when negotiating settlements. In this guide for employers, we set ou ..read more
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How to Calculate Pro Rata Salary & Holiday
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by Anne Morris
3w ago
Pro rata is a term derived from the Latin phrase “pro rata parte,” meaning “in proportion.” In the context of employment, pro rata refers to the proportional allocation of salary, holiday entitlement, or other benefits based on the actual time worked compared to a full-time schedule. This concept is particularly relevant for part-time employees, those on temporary contracts, or employees who do not work the full year due to starting or leaving a job mid-year. Calculating pro rata salary and holiday entitlement is not always straightforward. Whether in relation to part-time workers or wher ..read more
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