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Employment

Employment

Post-Termination Grievances: to hear, or not to hear?

An issue that commonly arises in practice for many employers is how to handle grievances raised by former employees. To date, the legal obligations on an employer in these circumstances have not been clear – especially since the abolition of the Statutory Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures. In particular, the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures is silent on this point. 

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European temporary leave to remain

In a week of political high drama with the lifespan of news headlines shorter than the burst of a strobe light, you could be forgiven for missing the government plans for EU nationals in the UK in the event of a No-Deal Brexit announced on Wednesday (4 September).

The government unveiled the new European Temporary Leave to Remain scheme (Euro TLR).

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Neurodiversity in the workplace: “If you’re not normal, there is very little hope for the rest of us…”

These are the closing lines of the poem “For Rita With Love” by Legendary Irish poet, Pat Ingoldsby. The poem is about a girl whom we are led to believe has some form of learning difficulties. From the description in the poem she is likely to fall into the category of the population that we are now labelling “neuro-divergent”. It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% the UK population) are neuro-divergent, meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently.

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A casual calculation: holiday pay for irregular workers

Employers will be taking a sharp intake of breath at the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in the case Brazel v The Harpur Trust (UNISON intervening) which addresses how to calculate pay for workers and employees who work irregular hours throughout the year.

The decision

The case concludes that the current practice of paying 12.07% of annualised hours to discharge an employer’s holiday pay obligation, as set out in ACAS guidance, is no longer reliable.

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Let’s talk about Dementia…

As an employment lawyer, I often find myself talking about “having conversations” – whether that’s having a difficult conversation with an employee or an employer, or opening up conversations in the workplace about subjects such as mental health, discrimination, and diversity and inclusion.

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Government to legislate on use of confidentiality clauses

The Government has announced that it will implement new legislation on the use of confidentiality clauses or Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) in the workplace.

Although the Government recognises that confidentiality clauses are used legitimately by most employers, it believes that there are a small number of cases in which confidentiality clauses are being used to cover up criminal acts in the workplace such as sexual harassment, assault and racist discri

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HMRC: HR Directors & Hiring Managers to apply the off-payroll worker tax rules (IR35)

Yesterday, HMRC issued hotly anticipated draft legislation to reform off-payroll working tax in the private sector. The proposed changes, which will be introduced on 6 April 2020, mean that the burden of sorting out “widespread non-compliance” will be placed on private sector companies. This will create more work between now and 6 April 2020 for HR teams’ and Hiring Managers and generate a bigger tax bill for their business.

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What is important to you as a working parent?

As a co-chair of Burness Paull’s BeValued parents and carers networking group in Aberdeen, I meet regularly with colleagues across the firm to discuss issues that are important to our people.

We cover a variety of issues including flexible working, parent and caring responsibilities, children and social media and general wellbeing. We recently met to discuss coping mechanisms for working parents and carers.

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Supreme Court Guidance on Restrictive Covenants

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal in the case of Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd, in what may be welcome news to employers.

Egon Zehnder (EZ), a professional services firm, specialises in executive search and recruitment. Ms Tillman was employed by them until January 2017.

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Two of my favourite things: Mexican food and employment law...

Jennifer Skeoch

Until yesterday, Wahaca was best-known (to me at least) for its delicious tacos - and even more delicious mojitos. But after a customer (a former Labour leader of Camden Council) posted a tweet saying she had witnessed an “eat and run”, for which the waiter would need to pay out of his wages, the story went viral and Wahaca was criticised for financially penalising staff in this way.

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