Redundancy redeployment and reasonable adjustments

An employer failed to make a reasonable adjustment of dispensing with an interview process for a disabled employee in a redundancy exercise.
London Borough of Southwark v Charles
 
 

Zero-hours contracts: consultation on avoiding ban on exclusivity clauses

Having decided in June to ban the use of exclusivity clauses on zero-hours contracts (ZHCs), the government is now asking for views on how to stop employers potentially sidestepping such a ban.
 
 

Pay data: August 2014

Various research organisations have published data on average pay settlements for the three months to July 2014.
 
 

July 2014 inflation data

UK Consumer Prices index inflation fell in the year to July 2014 to 1.6%. The detailed figures are as follows:

 
 

When precisely do employees transfer under TUPE?

Employees transfer under TUPE when responsibility for the management of the business or service transfers from one entity to another.
Housing Maintenance Solutions Ltd v McAteer
 
 

Adjusting redundancy criteria for disabled employees

An employer should have made reasonable adjustments to redundancy criteria which placed a disabled employee at a substantial disadvantage, even though doing so would not have made any difference to the decision to dismiss him. Receiving lower scores was itself a disadvantage to which the reasonable adjustments should have been addressed.
Dominique v Toll Global Forwarding Ltd
 
 

Strong employment growth but pay prospects remain muted

Wage growth is expected to remain weak even though output is growing strongly and the jobs market is ‘buoyant’, according to the CIPD’s summer 2014 Labour Market Outlook which looks at employers’ recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions.
 
 

Effect of illegality on discrimination claims

A worker could claim race discrimination, despite working illegally in the UK.
Hounga v Allen
 
 

Just what IS included in holiday pay?

More light may be shed by the end of this year on whether payments in respect of non-guaranteed overtime have to be included in the calculation of statutory holiday pay.
 
 

Keeping the contract alive: contractual notice and restrictive covenants

An employee who refused to work out his notice period and walked out on his employer because he had been offered a job by a competitor, was still employed and bound by covenants in his contract even though the employer no longer paid him.
Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rodgers
 
 

Whistleblowing and regulators’ duty to report

The government has started a consultation asking for views on exactly how regulators will be obliged to report on whistleblowing disclosures they receive.
 
 

Abolition of tax exemption for termination payments?

The current rules on the £30,000 tax-free exemption for termination payments are confusing and uncertain and should be abolished says the Office of Tax Simplification. In their place should be a tax relief based on a multiple of the statutory redundancy payment which would apply only in cases of redundancy. 
 
 
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