National Minimum Wage increases

  The Government have announced the latest rates for the national minimum wage, which will come into effect from 1 October 2015. The biggest rise is for apprentices. Despite the Low Pay Commission recommending a 7p rise (which would have been a 2.5% increase), the...

ACAS Code on Disciplinary and Grievance

The ACAS code for the conduct of Disciplinary or Grievance hearings has been updated following an Appeal ruling in January. Most will not notice any change, but the code now specifies that an employee may be accompanied by anyone they choose as long as they are a...

How much investigation is needed for a fair dismissal?

The Court of Appeal looked at whether an employer needs to investigate every single defence to an accusation of misconduct before deciding to dismiss. In this case, an employee was dismissed for claiming double the mileage on business trips than the AA said would be...