ELiAction News: March 2019
Welcome to this month’s edition of the Employment Law in Action newsletter
We are delighted with the overwhelming response we have received to our advert for an HR Consultant to join our team. This is a very exciting time for us as we continue to grow.
This month we have been busy running a variety of training courses for a number of clients on discipline and grievance, and also on performance management. Our bespoke courses are tailored for each client’s requirements and vary from ‘lunch bites’ to three day courses, covering all areas of employee relations.
We continue to see an increase in the number of tribunal claims as organisations face a worrying rise in litigation. Tribunals are struggling to cope with this trend and hearings are currently being listed way in advance – we already have hearings listed for 2020! We expect the current delays to reduce as Employment Judges are being recruited to help ease the situation. In this month’s newsletter we are focusing on the new ACAS guidance regarding Age Discrimination.
We hope you enjoy reading the articles below. If you need any further information, please do give us a call.
With best wishes
Julia and Ros
In this month’s issue:
Age discrimination continues to be one of the most common forms of unfair treatment at work with almost half of workers believing that their age would hold them back when applying for a job. According to research carried out by insurance company Aviva, more than half of over 50 year olds feel unsupported at work.
ACAS has produced guidelines to help organisations avoid discriminating on the basis of age.
Tribunal compensation limits will increase on 6 April 2019 under the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2019 (SI 2019/324). The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £83,682 to £86,444. The maximum amount of a week’s pay, used to calculate statutory redundancy payments and various awards including the basic and additional awards for unfair dismissal, also rises from £508 to £525.
Have you seen our article on the Good Work Plan?
The Government’s Good Work Plan sets out a number of employment reforms as a result of the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. The heart of the Taylor Review focuses on an overriding ambition that all work should be fair and decent. Four consultation documents have been published alongside the Government’s response to the Review and these focused on: employment status; increasing transparency in the labour market; agency workers; and enforcement of employment rights.
Read our article here
What pension contributions should a company make to an employee on maternity leave under a salary sacrifice arrangement?
We have had a few queries lately about the pension contributions for employees on maternity leave where the pension contributions are paid by the employer under a salary sacrifice arrangement. Here is our advice: