Naming and shaming of companies failing to pay the National Minimum Wage ahead of annual increase in rates

Both the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) are due to increase on 1 April 2017.  This increase coincides with a timely campaign from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEISS) to increase workers’ awareness of the rates which they are entitled to be paid.  Argos have also been in the news for their failure to pay workers the NMW.

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Update on the tax treatment of termination payments

Back in September 2015 we reported on the government’s intention to ‘simplify’ the tax treatment of termination payments which included a proposal to abolish the current £30,000 tax exemption in respect of termination payments.

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The government proposes minor reform for bringing an Employment Tribunal (“ET”) claim

The government has released its long awaited review of ET fees; ultimately, launching a consultation on new proposals to change the ET fees remission scheme (called ‘Help with Fees’).

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting Obligations – how does this affect your organisation?

On the 6 April 2017 these new regulations will become law which require both public and private employers with 250 or more employees to publish the following:

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Can an employer rely on a mobility clause to require its employees to relocate and avoid a redundancy situation?

This issue was recently considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) in the case of Kellogg Brown & Root (UK) Ltd v Fitton.  If an employer closes its office and re-locates somewhere else, this comes under the definition of ‘redundancy’ as set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996.  However, it is not uncommon for the employer to choose to rely upon a mobility clause (if contained)…

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