April 2018 Newsletter – Manufacturing & Engineering sector

It’s April and to help you get cracking after the egg-citement of the Easter holidays (for some) or just the warm weather (for all) we’ve hunted out the most up to date HR/Employment Law news for you. This includes reviewing the aftermath of the gender pay gap reporting deadline and updating you on guidance on the imminent general data protection regulation, taxation of termination payments, agency workers and return to work programmes.

Our case update this month focuses on shared parental leave pay and whether an expectation of long working hours needs to be adjusted for disabled employees or lead to disability discrimination.

What we’ve been doing in the Manufacturing & Engineering sector recently…

The news that Jaguar Land Rover has told 1000 agency workers that they are no longer required due to “continuing headwinds” meaning a downturn in demand for diesel cars and the continuing uncertainty over Brexit is a high profile reminder of the uncertain times we are currently going through. We are noticing an increase in the number of queries and Tribunal cases regarding redundancies. One of our most regular queries relates to who should, and shouldn’t be in the pool for selection. Each case depends on its own facts but at the heart of the cases is the question about whether the company can convince a Tribunal that the relevant managers have really applied their minds to that question. If you may be going through a redundancy procedure in the next few months it could well be worth a chat with us at an early stage.

Simon Martin
Partner, Solicitor
or call 0117 325 0929