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Employment Law Roadshow 2015 Roundup

19th June, 2015

In May we held our annual Employment Law Roadshow, which gave delegates  updates and information on the current issues surrounding employment legislation changes and recent case law.

Here is a summary of what was discussed:

Holiday Pay and Overtime

Holiday pay and overtime has had several changes over the past 24 months   through the development of case law. ‘Williams and others v British Airways Plc’ raised issues regarding the payment of basic pay as opposed to shift or bonus payments during annual leave.  ‘Fulton and another v Bear Scotland LTD’ went on to review overtime and allowance payments during annual leave, while ‘Lock v British Gas’ related to sales commission payments during annual leave.  The Roadshow gave clear guidance on how to correctly calculate holiday payments and overtime in light of the recent case law.

Shared Parental Leave

The legislation regarding Shared Parental Leave (SPL) came into effect on 5 April 2015. The Roadshow reviewed the new provisions and considered how the new system works and what procedures are required to enable employers to prepare for any future SPL requests.

Discrimination Update

Discrimination legislation is always evolving.  The Roadshow provided an update on recent case law and changes including the review of several new areas of consideration: ‘obesity’, ‘caste’ and ‘philosophical belief’.  The Roadshow shared best practice on how an employer can protect itself from a discrimination claim.

Legislation Update and Case Law Update

Employment law has continued to change in the last 12 months. The Roadshow reviewed the implications of the ‘Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015′, the effects of ‘zero hour contracts’, ‘whistleblowing’ ‘gender gap reporting’ and ‘enforcement of employment tribunal awards’.

Recent and Forthcoming Changes

The Roadshow reviewed other changes that have come into place including the compensation cap for employment claims, changes to the National Minimum Wage as well as the new tax – free childcare scheme due to be introduced.

Case Law Round up

The Roadshow concluded with a round up of other important case law which has had an impact on employment law  such as ‘R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor and another’, which refers to the introduction of employment tribunal fees. The Roadshow also considered the case of ‘Game Retail Limited v Laws’regarding the Claimant’s use of social media and their subsequent dismissal.

The Employment Team would like to thank all those who attended and look forward to the 2016 Roadshow.

If you have any queries regarding Employment Law please contact either Helen Watson on 01244 405565, [email protected], or Claire Brook on 01244 405575, [email protected].

 

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