Employment Update - March 2017

A monthly update from the Employment team at S&B, containing news about recent and topical developments in employment, immigration and pensions law.

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Kerry Garcia, Lloyd Davey
  1. Pimlico plumber had worker status

    In the recent case of  Pimlico Plumbers v Smith , the Court of Appeal upheld the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision that one of Pimlico Plumbers’ operatives was a worker rather than a self-employed contractor.  Facts Mr Smith... Read more
  2. Prohibition of headscarves in the workplace

    Is an employer permitted to prohibit a female employee of Muslim faith from wearing a headscarf in the workplace? Is it discriminatory to dismiss her if she refuses to remove the headscarf at work? In the case of  Achbita and anor v G4S  the Court... Read more
  3. HMRC launches new Employment Status Tool

    HM Revenue and Customs has launched a new online tool to determine, for tax purposes, whether an individual is an employee or self-employed, and whether they might be covered by IR35. IR35 is tax legislation designed to combat tax avoidance by workers... Read more
  4. Defined benefit pension schemes - looking to the future

    The funding and future of defined benefit pension schemes is the subject of much discussion these days.  This has been prompted by various recent events, including (i) the news surrounding the collapse of BHS and the £363m “settlement”... Read more
  5. All change: new pay rates and limits as from April 2017

    April sees an increase in a number of rates and limits of relevance to employers including compensation for unfair dismissal, redundancy pay, weekly pay, national minimum wage, statutory sick pay and statutory family leave pay.  Details of the most... Read more

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