Menopause For Thought

Menopause For Thought:- Given the guidance recently issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) clarifying the legal obligations to workers going through the menopause, it really is now essential to put in place a proper Menopause Policy (if you...

Illegal Working Penalties

The implementation date for increased illegal working penalties has now been confirmed – the new rates came into force from yesterday, 13 February 2024. From that date, the maximum civil penalty will be £45,000 per illegal employee for a first breach (up from...

Labour to Extend Equal Pay to Race and Disability

According to recent press reports, the Labour party has drafted a Race Equality Bill which extends equal pay rights to BAME and disabled workers. At the moment, the equal pay regime only applies on grounds of sex. This is arguably all potentially rather academic...

Flexible Working – New ACAS Code of Practice

ACAS has recently updated its Code of Practice on Flexible Working (currently awaiting parliamentary approval but this is a formality). The updated Code incorporates the changes made to Flexible Working laws with effect from 6 April 2024. Click on the link to see the...

Constructive Dismissal – Affirmation

Was an employment tribunal correct to conclude that a contract of employment had been affirmed, when a Claimant waited three months to resign, following a ‘last straw’ breach by the Respondent? No, decided the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in a recent case called...

New Paternity Leave Regulations published

After announcing proposals to make changes to paternity leave rights in the summer of 2023, the government has now published draft legislation in the form of the Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024. The Regulations make the following changes: employees will...

Settling Future Claims

Can a settlement agreement be used to validly settle future unknown claims under The Equality Act 2010? Yes, decided the Court of Session in the recent case of Bathgate v Technip Singapore PTE Ltd. The Claimant was made redundant and left employment under a settlement...

New Government Guidance On Holiday Pay

Happy New Year! Earlier this week, the government released new guidance to cover the latest holiday pay and entitlement reforms. It sets out the changes to the Working Time Regulations which the government introduced on 1 January 2024 and will affect:-  ...