Employment Update - March 2018

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the employment update - providing a monthly update on key legal issues for employers.

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Gabrielle Holgate, Kerry Garcia, Lloyd Davey, Hannah Ford
  1. 100% increase in employment tribunal claims

    Minutes from the latest meeting of the Employment Tribunal National User Group have revealed that, since the employment tribunal fees regime came to an end last year, there has been a 100% increase in the number of claims received by employment tribunals... Read more
  2. Court of Appeal considers employer did not have constructive knowledge of disability

    In a decision that will be of interest to all employers, the Court of Appeal considered constructive knowledge of disability in the case of Donelien v Liberata UK Ltd .  It was held that the employer could not have constructive knowledge of disability... Read more
  3. New worker rights being proposed by the government

    Lloyd Davey shares details on new worker rights being proposed by the Government in Essential Retail. Read more

  4. 'Compensatory rest' periods must be given in 20-minute continuous blocks of time and cannot be offered piecemeal

    In a recent decision that will concern all employers, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) clarified the meaning of ‘equivalent period of compensatory rest’ under Regulation 24 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 in Crawford v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd. and held that an employer must provide workers with a 20 minute period of continuous rest for every 6 hours worked.

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  5. Direct disability discrimination succeeds based on a perceived disability

    In Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey the Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a claim for direct disability discrimination based on perceived disability (rather than actual disability). This is the first time this point of law has been directly... Read more
  6. Franchisees: How to handle dismissals for poor performance or misconduct

    In this article in Elite Business, Abigail Etchells covers the steps franchisees should take in handling dismissals. Read more

  7. Employment Tribunal compensation limits to increase from 6 April 2018

    Tribunal compensation limits and minimum awards will increase on 6 April 2018. The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £80,541 to £83,682. The maximum amount of a week's pay, used to calculate various awards... Read more
  8. Minimum wage set to increase from 1 April 2018

    The annual increase to the minimum wage rates are due to take effect from 1 April 2018 as follows: The National Living Wage for workers aged 25+ is set to increase from £7.50 per hour to £7.83 per hour; For workers aged between 21 – 24,... Read more

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