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National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage April 2017

National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law. The rate will depend on a worker’s age and if they are an apprentice.

The National Living Wage

The Government’s National Living Wage was introduced on 1 April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over, and is currently set at £7.50 per hour. The current National Minimum Wage for those under the age of 25 still applies.

The rates from 1 ...

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Other recent interesting cases

Panikulam Paulose v Synergy Health UK Ltd
On 1 March 2017, an employment tribunal rejected an unfair dismissal claim brought by a worker who was caught using scissors to cut his fingernails while working in a sterile environment assembling trays of medical instruments.

Shaw v B&M Retail Ltd
On 28 February 2017, an employment tribunal upheld unfair dismissal and breach of contract claims over an employee’s dismissal for testing positive for methadone. The tribunal found that there were flaws in the ...

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£25,000 award for apprentice whose apprenticeship ended early

An employment tribunal awarded £25,000 for breach of contract to an employee whose apprenticeship ended early.
In the case of Kinnear v Marley Eternit Ltd t/a Marley Contract Services, the employment tribunal awarded a roof tiler £25,000 over the breach of his contract of apprenticeship.

Mr Kinnear became an apprentice roof tiler with Marley Eternit in October 2014. His contract of apprenticeship should have run until November 2018.

In June 2016, he was advised that there had been a downturn in business ...

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Holiday requests – when can an employer say ‘no’?

Its holiday time and employers usually find themselves receiving an increasing number of holiday requests.

Whilst an employer may want to grant holiday requests, this simply isn’t always possible. Consideration must be given to ensure an organisation is adequately staffed to meet business demands, as well as looking after the well-being of the workers. Not always easy!

If an Employer decides to turn down a request it is inevitably going to be a difficult conversation.

Workers have a legal right to ...

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Introducing the new member of our HR team – Claire Carr

Claire is a Human Resources Specialist with over 18 years’ experience working in partnership with management teams to deliver effective HR and business solutions.

During this time, Claire has worked within a range of business sectors including financial services, accountancy, manufacturing, IT and public sector services. She has successfully advised businesses on key HR matters including complex employee relations and employment legislation requirements.

Claire has also created and developed practical HR solutions for small businesses, where they may be vulnerable to non-compliance, ...

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New inheritance tax limit: thousands will miss out unless they make this change!

Thousands of families need to review their wills if they want to benefit from the Government’s new inheritance tax allowance.

Thousands of families who set up “discretionary trusts” so they could leave property to children in a tax-efficient manner will miss out on the Government’s valuable new inheritance tax allowance unless they make significant changes to their will, accountants have warned.

Homesleft to children through a discretionary trust will not benefit from the “family home allowance”, worth up to £350,000 per ...

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Inheritance Claims – Recent Court of Appeal ruling

The right of people to leave money and assets to whom they wish in their will has just  been seriously undermined by a landmark court of appeal decision.

A woman has been awarded £164,000 from her estranged mother’s estate, even though the mother expressly stated in her will that she did not want her to receive a penny.

Mrs Jackson left her £500,000 estate to animal charities when she died in 2004.

However, after an eight-year court battle, her only daughter, aged 54, ...

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Exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts finally banned

Some two months after claiming that they had been banned, the government has finally acted to outlaw the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts from 26 May 2015. This and other employment law-related measures are contained in the first commencement order made under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

The provisions of the Act, as they affect employment law, coming into force on 26 May are:

Section 153 – this section bans the use of exclusivity clauses in ...

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Help for small businesses?

Sajid Javid, the new Business Secretary, has announced the creation of a new “small business conciliation service” which will aim to resolve payment disputes where that business is owed money by a large firm. Based upon an Australian model, the service will allow small companies who are owed money to attempt to resolve disputes without issuing a claim or a winding up petition. If both parties engage, this would be a key tool for small businesses ...

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That’s entertainment!

The entertainment exemptions under the Licensing Act are now in force. Live music in premises licensed for the sale of alcohol, and for an audience of up to 500, no longer requires an authorisation. Karaoke is included within the definition, although depending upon the participants this may be an overly generous description of entertainment! Films can also be shown although only as an ancillary activity. Some forms of entertainment have not benefitted from deregulation – entertainment of a sexual nature, ...

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