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  • Age discrimination and ‘proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim’.

    Tags: Employment Tribunals, Age Discimination, Discrimination, The Equality Act 2010, Employment Law, Woodcock

    Finally the Court of Appeal decision of Woodcock –v- Cumbria Care Trust [2012] EWCA Civ 330The facts:Some of my readers will recall that this was an appeal by Mr Woodcock in respect to his age discrimination claim. The Trust dismissed Mr Woodcock on the grounds of redundancy when he was just short of his 49th birthday giving him 12 months notice without a consultation period. The Trust’s reasons for not following the correct redundancy procedure was that had they done so Mr Woodcock would have reached 50 when he was given the notice, this would have entitled him to an early retirement with an enhanced pension. The timing of the notice deprived him of the benefit. The benefit Mr Woodcock would have attained could only have been achieved at a substantial additional cost to the … more

  • Are interns workers?

    Tags: Unfair Dismissal, Employment Tribunals, Employment Law, Interns, Workers

    It seems that businesses should be very careful in the type of work that they delegate to interns as a recent tribunal (Ms Keri Hudson –v- TPG Web publishing Ltd (TPG) [2011]) held that due to the nature of the work carried out by the claimant she was a ‘worker’ therefore entitled to receive the national minimum wage. The tribunal in this case heard how the claimant undertook editorial responsibilities without payment. In the absence of an employment contact the tribunal were satisfied that there was an implied contractual duty on the basis the company had previously discussed remuneration with the claimant and the duties she carried out were of value to the company. The moral of the case is take legal advice when considering hiring interns. more

  • Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)– what are the rules?

    Tags: Maternity Leave, Employment Law, Maternity Pay, SMP, Continuous Employment

    I think everyone gets confused about maternity and entitlements. So I thought a quick guide to help everyone understand their rights would be useful. Whether you are an employer or employee if after reading this guidance note you are still confused then please do make contact and I will try and place you on the correct path.Who is entitled to SMP?Employees qualify for SMP if they satisfy the:(1) The continuous employment rule:- This means an employee must be employed by the same employer continuously for at least 26 weeks into the 15th week before the week the baby is due (the qualifying week).

    - Exceptions can be made if the baby is born premature.When can a break amount to being continuous employment? When an employee:- Is absent (for periods of 26 consecutive weeks or less) because … more

  • Can employers subjectively choose who they like for newly created roles during a redundancy process?

    Tags: Employment Tribunals, Redundancy, Selection Pool, Employment Law, Reorganisation

    The recent decision by the EAT in Samsung Electronics v Monte D'Cruz [2012] is authorisation that employers can ‘appoint the best person for the job’ and this could mean that no one from the selection pool is chosen for the role.

    In this case Samsung re-organised their print division. The Claimant was one of three Heads of Department whose role was being merged into one. He unsuccessfully applied for the merged post. He then unsuccessful applied for a more junior role which came about due to the restructure. An external candidate was eventually appointed.

    This decision may mean that in certain re-organisation situations if external candidates are the best people to perform the role then the dismissal may not be unfair.

    This post is not legal advice and should not be used as … more

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  • Understanding Your Legal Rights When an Employee Leaves

    Tags: Notice, Garden Leave, Payment, Company Property, Training Costs, Restrictive Covenants, Exit, Resignation, Employer, Employee, Employment Law, UKEmpLaw

    When an employee leaves, the focus is often on their entitlements. But what are your rights as an employer and what practical steps can you take to ensure a smooth exit? 

    Giving Notice 

    When it comes to employees giving notice, there are several key areas to note. Employers do not have to ‘accept’ a resignation – it is a unilateral act. Equally, they do not have to accept a retraction of notice, unless it was given in the heat of the moment, or the employee was unwell.

    Employees must give at least a weeks’ notice once they have been employed for more than a month. However, longer notice is usually set out in the employment contract.

    If the employee starts work for someone else in their notice period, it is possible to obtain an injunction to prevent … more

    

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