Employment e-news

Unfair deductions for training costs

Napthens - September 12th 2019
The repayment of training costs has once again hit the headlines. Last year, it was Capita and FDM Group who were reported to be charging employees who left their training service up to £20,000. With Capita admitting that their practice was unlawful. This year a Costa Coffee Franchise operated by Goldex Investments Essex, have been accused of making unfair deductions from former employees.
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Disability discrimination and consequences

Napthens - September 12th 2019
Both employees and workers are protected from discrimination arising from a disability within the workplace, under the Equality Act 2010. However, statistics produced by the Ministry of Justice indicate that such claims are on the rise, with there being 6,550 claims made last year compared to 4,770 the year before.
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Addressing the power balance and the use of NDAs

Napthens - June 17th 2019
Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are being used increasingly to settle employment related issues such as, accusations of discrimination and other grievance topics. On the 5th June 2019 the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee released a new report on the use of NDAs in discrimination cases which raises a number of important questions for employers and employees alike.
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Harassment claims and the “Vento” guidelines

Napthens - June 17th 2019
Where an employment tribunal finds that an employee has suffered discrimination, harassment or victimisation, the award will be partially made up of injury to feelings. The injury to feelings awards are based on the “Vento” guidelines.
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Holiday pay and voluntary overtime

Napthens - June 17th 2019
Last year we reported that ACAS had issued new guidance in relation to overtime, in direct response to the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s ruling in Flowers v East of England Ambulance Trust (The Trust). However, this month the case was heard by the Court of Appeal.
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Ensuring you follow a fair redundancy process

Napthens - February 12th 2019
Lloyds Pharmacy has recently lost a claim for unfair dismissal after making an employee, Ms Waldie, redundant following a review of their operating business model.
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