In a case published last week, the Court of Appeal had said an employer cannot rely solely on an Occupational Health Report when deciding if an employee is disabled. On the face of it this poses problems for employers – if they cannot rely on a medical report, what can they rely on! What employers must be able to show is that, following receipt of the report, they have considered for themselves whether in the fact the employee is disabled. Lord Justice Rimer said an employer should “pose specific practical questions directed to the particular circumstances… The answers to such questions will then provide real assistance to the employer in forming his judgement as to whether the criteria for disability are satisfied.” The practical questions are questions about how the impairment affects their ability to carry out day to day activities, so “can they walk up stairs?”, “can they lift shopping bags?” and how long the impairment will last, so “have they been affected for the last 12 months? If not, is the impairment likely to last 12 months?” This extra step will protect against a finding that an employer knew an employee was disabled. Back to legal...
Last year, the courts decided that if overtime was compulsory, it should be included in the amount of a week’s pay for the purpose of holiday pay calculation. Now, the courts have progressed this by ruling that voluntary overtime needs to be included in the calculation, particularly when it is worked regularly. Read More Read more>>
Employees will no longer have to pay to start a claim in Tribunal after the Supreme Court unanimously quashed the fees regime introduced by the government in 2013. Fees for Tribunals have deterred a great many claims in Tribunal, not only for unpaid wages but for discrimination and unfair dismissal as well. Tribunal applications dropped… Read more>>
Businesses should already be aware that as of last April Companies House introduced a register of the people with significant control (PSC) of a company. This was done when submitting the company’s annual confirmation statement (which replaced the annual return in June 2016). Read More Read more>>