Employment

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
2nd November 2016

The question of what someone’s status is, i.e. whether they are an employee, worker or genuinely self employed, has long been a complex area of law and frustrating for employers and lawyers alike. It is important because each has its ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
19th October 2016

The on-going saga of Mr Lock’s case against British Gas has recently been to the Court of Appeal.  You will recall we have looked at this case previously in our news updates. In brief, Mr Lock was engaged on a basic salary plus ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
5th October 2016

ACAS have published a new guide to help employers whose employees who may have life threatening or long term illnesses.  It is hoped this guidance will be useful to employers bearing in mind the number of employees who suffer from ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
22nd September 2016

The following hourly rates of National Minimum Wage (NMW) will apply from 1 October 2016: The rate for workers aged 21 to 24 will be £6.95. The development rate (workers aged 18 to 20) will be £5.55. The young workers rate ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
8th September 2016

This is an age old question and, from an employment lawyer’s view, it is one of the first questions to be asked with any commercial transaction: is it a TUPE transfer or not? But for those clients new to TUPE, their first question is ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
31st August 2016

It appears we are being bombarded with reports and statistics about how women and new mothers are being treated in workplace. Previously it was the TUC report into the increase in sexual harassment in the workplace, then we heard ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th August 2016

An investigation into potential disciplinary matters is important for various reasons.   For example, any dismissal based on a poor investigation would be likely to be found unfair as any decision by a dismissing officer needs to be ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
11th August 2016

Following the TUC survey of 1500 women, which found that more than half of women say they have been sexually harassed at work, we take a look at a recent case where a woman was awarded an injury to feelings award because of sexual ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
7th July 2016

There have been many cases involving employer’s dress codes and whether they amount to religious discrimination. One significant case was that of Eweida v British Airways plc [2010] where BA did not allow its staff to wear visible ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
13th June 2016

Although employers are often faced with employees who are genuinely unable to attend work due to illness, there will be times when an employer suspects that the employee is abusing the sick leave provisions, and possibly sick pay ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
5th May 2016

If you are an employer having to deal with a disciplinary matter or poor performance, it is worth remembering that you need to ensure you follow the Acas Code. What is the Acas Code and why should you follow it? The Acas Code of ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
14th March 2016

This time of year is all about change and it is also the time that employers need to watch out for any changes to payments such as statutory sick pay and maternity pay. Although this year there is little change to such payments, ...