Data protection and sensitive personal data

An employee has been prosecuted under data protection law and fined £300 for illegally taking information about 100 people before leaving for a rival employer.
 
 

Constructive dismissal where employee in breach of contract

An employee can claim constructive dismissal even if they were in breach of contract themselves at the time of the employer’s alleged breach.
Atkinson v Community Gateway Association
 
 
 
 

August 2014 inflation data

UK Consumer Prices index inflation fell in the year to August 2014 to 1.5%. The detailed figures are as follows:
 
 

Tribunal statistics: April – June 2014

The sustained reduction in employment tribunal claims is confirmed in the latest set of statistics from the Ministry of Justice covering April to June 2014. The statistics are the third quarterly set of figures since the introduction of tribunal fees.
 
 

Employer justified in not paying enhanced additional paternity pay

An employer did not discriminate by paying only the statutory rate of additional paternity pay to a male employee on additional paternity leave when a female employee on maternity leave would have been entitled to full basic pay. Although the policy was indirectly discriminatory, it was objectively justified by the need to recruit and retain women in a male-dominated workforce.
Shuter v Ford Motor Co Ltd
 
 

Time off for ante-natal appointments

From 1 October 2014, expectant fathers, or the partner of a pregnant woman, will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to attend ante-natal appointments with their partner.
 
 

Employer’s discretion on redundancy pooling

An employer’s discretion over the pool for selection was very wide but the consequent redundancy dismissal was unfair because it didn’t follow its own processes.
Family Mosaic Housing Association v Badmos
 
 

Attitudes of Gen Y employees give cause for concern

Generation Y employees have the most negative attitudes towards older employees, part-timers and flexible workers, according to research from Doyle Clayton.
 
 

ACAS early conciliation – first statistics

ACAS has published the first set of statistics looking at the impact of its early conciliation scheme.
 
 

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.
 
 
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Childcare support – is it now a three-way fight?

The government’s proposals to reshape financial support for working parents have been much recorded on this blog over the last two years. In simple terms, the Coalition Government wish to replace Childcare Vouchers (an initiative began by the former Labour administration) with a new benefit system known as Tax-Free Childcare. There are some notable differences between the two proposals, and inevitably some winners and losers also (see Tax-free childcare: a better option for employers?) - yet the principles of both offerings are broadly similar.
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