Complex challenges for employers in the year ahead

Constant changes and increasing complexity have helped make employment law a frontline challenge for business and this year looks set to continue the trend.  The first weeks of January saw Maggie Dewhurst, a bike courier with City Sprint, winning her case to be treated as a worker, rather than a self-employed contractor. The high-profile case follows hard on the heels of the similar ruling given late last year in the action brought by Uber drivers, which the company has said it will appeal. A worker may be entitled to certain…

Clamp down for Employers who call spade a shovel

Ride hailing app Uber has won attention for revolutionising the taxi business worldwide, but is now grabbing headlines for different reasons, following legal action by drivers claiming workers’ rights. The GMB Union brought the action on behalf of a group of Uber drivers, who are described as self-employed ‘partners’ by Uber. The action argues that as Uber pays the drivers and effectively controls charging rates and the route taken, they owe the same responsibility as any employer does to its workers, including the minimum wage, paid leave and making sure…

Employers must gear up for April living wage deadline

The National Living Wage has been catching headlines since Chancellor George Osborne announced it last summer, but the Government’s target of £9 per hour by 2020 has overshadowed the detail, and many businesses remain unaware of the transitional deadlines and new penalties now in place. The compulsory National Living Wage (NLW) arrives on 1 April 2016 for eligible workers aged 25 and over, and it’s been set at £7.20 per hour.   But the NLW does not replace the current National Minimum Wage, it sits alongside and is a new premium…

Employers need to fit practices to match new Fit for Work service

Employers should review their procedures and contracts of employment to match the new Government-funded initiative Fit for Work. A work-related health advice service designed to help employees stay in or return to work, the Fit for Work helpline is now up and running, with its referral services being rolled out across England, Wales and Scotland. For employers, the aim of the service is to help manage the impact that sickness absence can have on the business, by providing advice and occupational health assessments for employees who are off for more…

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