Employment Law & HR News & Updates.

Employment Law Updates

The latest employment law news & updates from Kalra Legal Group

Redundancy Payments - Refusing an Offer of Suitable Alternative Employment

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An otherwise redundant employee who unreasonably refuses an offer of suitable alternative employment will not be entitled to a redundancy payment. In Dunne v Colin and Avril Ltd, Mrs Dunne worked for her previous employer for more than 12 years as a book-keeper. She was then transferred to a new employer which took over when her old employer became insolvent. She was employed on the basis of a 24-hour week but the new employer felt that it could only offer her 16 hours. This was not acceptable to her and the new employer offered her a further 8 hours a week working in the warehouse. When she refused, this offer she was dismissed and the employer refused to give her a redundancy payment.

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Employment Status - Gig Economy

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It looks like the key employment law issue for 2017 will be employment status. In recent months, there have been cases affecting a range of workers operating in the ‘gig economy’ where employment tribunals have held that they are entitled to paid holiday under the Working Time Regulations and to be paid at the rate of the National Minimum Wage. Some of the press coverage has struggled with the idea that individuals who are classed as ‘self-employed’ are actually entitled to a range of employment rights, but there is nothing unusual or surprising about this. The fact that someone is self-employed for tax purposes simply means that they are not an employee employed under a contract of employment. They can still be entitled to rights afforded to ‘workers’ – those who have a contract to perform work, but who are not running a business independent of the ‘employer’. They therefore qualify for working time and minimum wage rights (an important consideration given that the minimum rate for those aged 25 or over is now £7.50 per hour – but do not qualify for key rights such as maternity leave, redundancy pay or protection against unfair dismissal.

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Employment Lawyer Vacancy in Maidenhead

Exciting opportunity for an Employment Lawyer to join a highly regarded friendly team in Maidenhead.

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Employment Tribunal Fee Challenge Reaches Supreme Court

At the end of March this year, the UK Supreme Court heard an appeal brought by trade union UNISON as part of its legal challenge to the introduction of employment tribunal fees. 

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting

New regulations came into force on 6th April that require larger companies in Britain to publish their gender pay gap figures for the first time.

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