Few could have missed the introduction of this today. The new rate for workers of 25 years or older is £7.20. Workers 24 years or less still qualify for the minimum wage. There are serious consequences of non compliance. There is a task force set up to police the rates and check up on employers. The awards will be up to 200% of any shortfall as a penalty in addition to paying the shortfall to the worker. In addition to this, a Director of a company not paying the rate can be disqualified for up to 15 years. Targeted industries for the next few months will be Care, Retail and Hairdressing. Age Discrimination Beware that if an employer dismisses someone because they now qualify for the new living wage it is highly likely to be age discrimination, even if the employee does not have two years service. Back to legal...
An employer whose business model uses “gig staff” (presumed to be self-employed often) has told a committee of MP’s that if a worker takes them to Tribunal and wins, gaining rights to paid holiday and to the Living Wage, the employer would not roll out the rights to anyone else. Read More Read more>>
It has long been a stock question from clients as to whether they can monitor employees’ emails. In fact, the actual question from clients often comes too late, in that they ask if they can sack an employee for the contents of an email, and we have to say that they could, except that they… Read more>>
Suspension is an extremely common response to allegations which might amount to gross misconduct. If an employer has left an employee in situ after serious allegations, the employer might face difficulty in dismissing summarily if the employee has been left at work while the matter is investigated. Read More Read more>>