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Employers planning to dismiss an employee because of a 'breakdown in relations' between them should consider giving the employee a chance to prove in practice that they can to work harmoniously before dismissing them.
Businesses negotiating a settlement of a dispute should ensure that on an objective view, it is clear at every stage whether or not the terms being negotiated are 'subject to contract'. Furthermore, settlement agreements can be concluded by email - whether or not intentionally.
Employers should carry out reasonable investigations, and have a genuine and reasonable belief there has been dishonesty, before dismissing an employee for lying about or exaggerating an illness or injury, a ruling makes clear.
New national minimum wage rates for 1 October 2016 have been announced by the Government.
The annual review of the maximum compensation that can be awarded in unfair dismissal and other cases sees an increase in the awards from 6 April.
Employers may monitor employees' private communications at work only if it achieves a legitimate aim, is limited in scope and is proportionate, following a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.
Employers will welcome a new Acas guide on dealing with legal highs in the workplace.
Employers are assessing the impact of, and planning for the new national living wage of £7.20 per hour for employees aged 25 or more, from 1 April 2016.
Employers will welcome a government announcement that there will be no increases in maternity and other payments to employees.
Employers will welcome a new guide on zero hours contracts from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Employers will welcome the opportunity to comment on proposals for a new 'living wage' to replace the national minimum wage.
Employers considering dismissing an employee should ensure they do not dismiss the employee because they are 'associated' with a person with a 'protected characteristic' such as disability, race or age - or risk an associative discrimination claim.
Employers should consider whether to include wholly voluntary overtime when calculating employees’ annual holiday pay, following a Northern Irish legal ruling.
Employers will welcome a new Acas guide covering the basics of the law on staff pay.
Businesses will welcome new Acas guidance on calculating holiday pay, and new guidance on right to work checks from the Home Office.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has issued statutory guidance, Calculating the minimum wage, to help employers comply with national minimum wage laws.
Employers should ensure they have a policy covering use of e-cigarettes by their workforce, both on and off work premises, following a recent legal ruling.
Employers will welcome new rules limiting employees' ability to bring long-term claims for back holiday pay in the ET and the civil courts, following three landmark rulings.
An employer could not enforce a non-compete clause against a former employee as it had been included as a variation of the employee’s original contract - but the employee had received no reciprocal benefit for agreeing to the variation.
Workers prevented from taking holiday for a reason beyond their control may be able to carry forward their holiday, even if they have not specifically requested to, and even if the reason is not the worker’s sickness.
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