budget, Employment law in action

Budget – October 2018

Budget October 2018  The Chancellor presented his Budget to Parliament yesterday (the final Budget before the UK leaves the EU).  Here is a summary of what was announced. The tax-free Personal Allowance will rise to £12,500 The personal allowance threshold to rise from £11,850 to £12,500 in April 2019 The Higher Rate Threshold will increase…

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Termination of employment

Dismissing Staff

Dismissing Staff I have an employee with more than 2 years’ service who is accused of gross misconduct (e.g. drinking in the workplace/theft/fraud/violence), how sure do I have to be before I dismiss? While misconduct is one of the five potentially fair reasons to dismiss, it is essential that employers do not act hastily. For a…

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Bakery win Supreme Court Appeal

Bakery in ‘gay cake’ row win Supreme Court Appeal

Bakery in ‘gay cake’ row win Supreme Court Appeal The Christian owners of Ashers, a Northern Irish bakery, who refused to bake a cake containing a message supporting gay marriage, have won their appeal at the Supreme Court. In 2014 Mr Lee, a gay rights activist, brought legal action against Ashers after they refused to…

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Government

Time Off for Public Duties Order 2018

Time Off for Public Duties Order 2018 The Time Off for Public Duties Order 2018 came into force on 1st October 2018 The Order amends the Employment Rights Act 1996, s.50 so as to grant unpaid time off work to four groups of volunteers in the criminal justice system, who monitor conditions of those in…

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law commission

Consultation Paper on Employment Law Hearing Structures

Employment Law Hearing Structures The Law Commission has published a Consultation Paper on Employment Law Hearing Structures. The aim of the consultation paper is to review the jurisdictions of the employment tribunal (ET), Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) and the civil courts in the fields of employment and discrimination matters. Law Commissioner Nicholas Paines QC said: “The…

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