HR Tips and Advice

In anticipation of the next UK general election taking place in 2024, the Labour Party has been promising reforms to the employment landscape of a greater magnitude than, arguably, any time in the last 40 years.

In light of the recent school closures due to crumbling RAAC concrete and given that we are moving into the seasons where viruses are more prevalent, we consider what employees’ rights are if their children cannot attend school/nursery.

Jackie Hudson, Franchise Partner in Hampshire East, was recently contacted to represent a business at a Remedy Hearing.

New employment laws that strengthen the existing law related to pregnancy, maternity leave and other family leave have recently received Royal assent.

In a recent judgment, the Tribunal awarded a substantial £357,000 to a 22-year-old trainee Project Supervisor from the National Grid, for 26 acts of sexual harassment and 8 acts of victimisation at the hands of her manager, who was also her mentor.

Not every infringement of the EU GDPR automatically grants data subjects the right to compensation under Article 82. That is the key takeaway of a decision dated 4 May 2023 of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) (Österreichische Post case, C-300/21).

A case on manifestation of religion and belief in the workplace has recently concluded in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The Claimant in this case, Mrs Higgs, was a school administrator and work experience manager at a secondary school with academy status in Gloucestershire. She was dismissed from the school after some of her social media posts on Facebook relating to relationship education in schools and religion led to complaints from parents.

The new law makes it unlawful for an employer to withhold tips, gratuities, and service charges (‘tips’) that are paid by its customers and requires employers to allocate tips to their hospitality and leisure workers in a fair and transparent manner.

More than 200 companies have been named by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) for failing to pay the minimum wage. They include WH Smith Retail Holdings Ltd which failed to pay over £1 million to 17,607 workers and Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd for failing to pay £903,307 to 7916 workers.