We’re hoping this Newsletter reaches you at the same time as some much-needed signs of Spring! After a long Winter we’re sure you are as keen to see some sunshine and colour as we are.
As you’ll know, it’s that time of year for new statutory rate increases. We’ll update you on those in this issue, as well as our Spring Employment Law Update and legislative changes including right to work checks and the Government’s U-turn on mandatory vaccinations in care homes and health and social care settings.
In our case updates we look at a variety of cases and their implications;
Two Court of Appeal’s decisions conclude that:
- workers are entitled to carry over taken unpaid leave and be paid for it at the end of their employment (making misclassification of workers as self-employed an expensive mistake!); and
- an employee’s (dangerous) practical joke was not sufficiently connected to his employment for the employer to be held vicariously liable for the personal injury that it caused.
And two Employment Appeal Tribunal decisions;
- bringing vexatious grievances can amount to gross misconduct,
- a tribunal can extend time in a discrimination claim where the employees have waited to issue proceedings while pursuing grievances.
Apart from battling more Covid (two of the team are recovering from recent bouts), we’ve been busy delivering lots of legal training to our clients; employment law skills for managers, performance management and TUPE workshops. We’d be happy to help on any legal training requirements you may have. Please get in touch with Lindsey ().
Also keeping us out of trouble has been a rather high volume of tribunal work. Cases seem to be complex and often involve multiple claims and with themes including hidden disabilities and ‘constructive knowledge’, sex and race discrimination claims. On the non-litigious side of things, Business Immigration advice has been significant in recent months with several employers needing to sponsor new employees from overseas. There has also been a volume of Reward activity with businesses looking at everything from Equal Pay Audits to new pay structures.
We’re very pleased to let you know that our Spring Employment Law Update will be on Thursday 19th May at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Those of you local to Bristol will know that after 186 years at this iconic site, the Zoo will close this year. Its sale will help fund a new zoo at a new site, due to open in 2024. It seems only right that we should hold our Spring event here so that we can all have one last visit before the doors close for good.
Starting at 3pm and finishing at around 7.30pm after some drinks and nibbles, the gardens will be open for any of our delegates keen to meander and clear their mind after an intense few hours of employment law. Save the date for now and we’ll share details of content soon…
Here are all of the Government reforms and case updates we cover this month:
- Government reforms (1): April Changes – Are you ready?
- Government reforms (2): Compulsory vaccines – to be cancelled
- Case update (1): Holiday pay
- Case update (2): Vexatious grievances and unfair dismissal
- Case update (3): Vicarious liability
- Case update (4): Discrimination and time limits
And lastly, our nothing to do with employment law bit…
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