If you do, two recent judgments, one from the Supreme Court and one at the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) have provided reasons to be careful. At the Supreme Court, it was held in Essop v Home Office that if statistics show that a particular ethnic group do worse on average at a particular test, then … Continue reading Do you use tests in your recruitment or promotion procedure?
It turns out that the latest statistics show a drop in employers using 'zero-hours contracts'. At least that's what the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found, but apparently the total number of such contracts has remained the same. With these statistics, and with all the furor and the publicity, it is worth reminding ourselves what … Continue reading A reminder about zero-hours contracts
If you've made an unlawful deduction from an employee's wages, he or she has 3 months to bring a claim. But if you repeatedly do this, an employment tribunal will see it as a series of deductions, in which case the employee has 3 months from the last in the series to bring a claim. … Continue reading Holiday pay: limiting losses
Concept Car Credit Limited, a used-car dealer from the Greater Manchester area has been fined £40,000 by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for sending more than 300,000 marketing spam text messages. They reportedly received the data from other organisations but failed in their duty to check that they were only contacting people that had consented … Continue reading Marketing rules for SMEs
A company and its director have been fined after a worker fell from height and broke his back in three places. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation determined that the company failed to take adequate precautions to prevent workers falling from height. The report stressed that there was no edge protection, under-roof netting or … Continue reading Working from height – take precautions
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued Keurboom Communications Ltd (Keurboom) with a monetary penalty of £400,000 for unlawful marketing practices. What did Keurboom do? They used an automated calling system to make recorded direct marketing calls, mainly concerning road traffic accidents and PPI claims; They made repeat calls; They called at unsocial hours. The … Continue reading £400,000 fine for Data Protection Act breach
Our panel of experts discuss how to encourage commercial clients to take up legal expenses insurance and future opportunities with a growing MGA market. To read more, click here.
From June 2017, the specialist civil courts will be known as the "Business and Property Courts of England and Wales" (the Business and Property Courts). The Business and Property Courts will be located in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Cardiff, with expansions to Newcastle and Liverpool likely in the future, to support businesses across … Continue reading New: Business and Property Courts of England and Wales from June 2017
You have a longstanding relationship with a certain colleague. You’ve done business together for years. But then disagreements begin. You no longer want him working for the business as much. Whether justifiably or just disgruntled, he accuses the business of disintegrating. That really rankles. You know he’s to blame. So you strike back, thinking of … Continue reading Don’t discriminate, whatever your intentions
You have an employee. Well, you have several. Relations with most of them are great. But with this one – it’s just not working out. Let’s skip over the reasons; it could be anything – his fault or yours, or just a personality clash. You’re wondering what you can do: try to salvage the relationship … Continue reading If early Acas conciliation starts really early, it may not extend time