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Changes to Payslips – April 2019

Currently, an employee (but not other types of worker) is entitled to be given a written itemised pay statement by his employer at or before the time any wages are paid to him. Under s.8 of the Employment Rights Act…

Reasonable and proper cause to suspend

In the case of Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo, the Court of Appeal examined the use by a school of the power to suspend and considered potential breach, in this respect, of the term…

Confidentiality Clauses and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Confidentiality clauses and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) can serve very useful purposes in an employment context.  Such clauses are generally used in two ways; as part of the employment contract and as part of a settlement agreement to allow both employee…

ACAS Guidance on Age Discrimination at Work

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published guidance designed to inform employers and staff on matters relating to age discrimination.  Under the Equality Act 2010, age is one of the nine special areas of life guarded as what…

Update – Confidentiality

In the case of Linklaters LLP v Mellish, the High Court considered whether a former employee’s duty of confidentiality outweighs the public interest in the publication of information on the employer’s current culture and the position of women in the…

Continuity of Employment

In the case of SD (Aberdeen) v Wright, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an Employment Tribunal was entitled to draw an inference that two companies were associated in a case where a relevant director had failed to give…

Update- Direct Discrimination

In the case of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and Others, the Supreme Court has held that it is not directly discriminatory for a Christian baker to refuse to bake a cake containing a message supportive of gay marriage.…

New EAT Practice Direction

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has issued a new practice direction, The Practice Direction (Employment Appeal Tribunal – Procedure) 2018. Amongst the noteworthy changes are the following: – 1. The time for a Respondent to lodge its Answer has been…

New Pay Regulations on Executive Pay

On 1st January 2019, new regulations came into force meaning that the UK’s largest companies will have to disclose their top executives’ pay and explain the gap between this pay and their average worker. The regulations make it a legal…

Update on GDPR Fines

According to research carried out by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, average fines from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) rose from £73,000 in the year ending September 2017 to £146,000 in the year ending September 2018. The total value of fines increased…

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