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January 2015 Blog – recent changes and the year ahead….

 

Happy New Year!

2014 was an interesting and challenging year with many significant cases and changes in law. To make sure you are ready for the year ahead as a business or an individual, please see the recent and forthcoming changes in employment law below…

 

Recent and forthcoming changes in Employment Law

 

When Development
1 December 2014 The Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave (Parental Order Cases) Regulations 2014 and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (Parental Order Cases) Regulations 2014 came into force. Together with the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Application of Sections 75A, 75B, 75G, 75H, 80A and 80B to Parental Order Cases) Regulations 2014 (which came into force on 25 November 2014), these regulations gave various rights to the intended parents of a child born to a surrogate mother.
1 December 2014 Ban of “overseas only” recruitment by employment agencies takes effect.
31 December 2014 Proposed rules on bonus clawback to come into force as amendments to the Remuneration Code.
1 January 2015 Lock v British Gas Trading Limited and others employment tribunal hearing on whether holiday pay should include commission.
7 January 2015 The House of Lords Committee stage of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-15 is scheduled to begin. Previously, it had been reported that the Committee stages would take place in February 2015, which may refer to the employment sections.
5 February 2015 The Advocate General’s opinion in the Woolworths case is due to be released.
30 March 2015 Parliament will be dissolved and the period of pre-election purdah will commence.
5 April 2015 New system of shared parental leave will be available to parents of children due to be born or placed for adoption with them on or after 5 April 2015.
5 April 2015 Removal of the requirement for 26 weeks’ service before employees become entitled to adoption leave, introduction of a new right for both single and joint adopters to attend adoption appointments together with protection against suffering a detriment or being dismissed in relation to exercising that right and prevention of employees taking paternity leave if they have exercised a right to take paid time off to attend an adoption appointment in respect of that child etc.
5 April 2015 Provisions of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc (Amendment) Regulations 2014 to come into force, extending the existing unpaid parental leave regime to parents of children aged between five and 18.
5 April 2015 Provisions of the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 to come into force, extending current rights to adoption leave contained in the Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2002 to individuals fostering a child under the “Fostering for Adoption” scheme run by local authorities.
5 April 2015 The Shared Parental Leave and Paternity and Adoption Leave (Adoptions from Overseas) Regulations 2014 and the Statutory Shared Parental Pay (Adoption from Overseas) Regulations 2014 come into force. Together with the earlier Employment Rights Act 1996 (Application of Sections 75G and 75H to Adoptions from Overseas) Regulations 2014 (which came into force on 25 November 2014), these aim to include couples who are adopting a child from outside the UK in the right to shared parental leave and pay.
6 April 2015 The amended record-keeping, returns and penalties provisions under the Finance Bill 2014 intended to combat false self-employment through service companies will apply from 6 April 2015 (with the first return due by 5 August 2015).
7 May 2015 General election.
Autumn 2015 New tax-free childcare scheme to be introduced.
Autumn 2015 Draft order to outlaw caste discrimination expected.

 

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May Employment Law Update

May Employment Law Update

“Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course.”

(Karen Joy Fowler, Sarah Canary)

Hopefully you have kept your sanity in May despite the pressures of work and life generally, whether a business or an individual. If you have, then you will be able to catch up on this brief summary of the latest changes in the ever changing minefield that is UK employment law.

Legal changes

1 May 2014 reminder: deadline for TUPE employee liability information notification increases to 28 days

The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/16) came into force on 31 January 2014. The regulations make a number of amendments to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/246) (TUPE).

One such amendment is to the timeframe for providing employee liability information.

Regulation 11(6)(a) of TUPE has been amended so that the deadline for notification of employee liability information to the transferee is increased, from 14 days to 28 days. This amendment only applies to transfers that take place on or after 1 May 2014.

Early conciliation mandatory from 6 May

Early conciliation becomes mandatory for most types of employment tribunal claims from 6 May 2014. It will make important changes to how limitation dates are calculated and how claims should be presented.

For further information  go to the ACAS website http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4028

 

Employment Law cases round up

Court grants order for imaging and inspection of ex-employees’ computers

The High Court has ordered that an employer may instruct an independent computer expert to inspect and take images from the personal computers of two former employees. The employer was granted the mandatory injunction after information came to light which suggested that the individuals had misused confidential information belonging to the employer during their employment.

The court took into account the fact that it had a high degree of assurance about the strength of the employer’s claim, and that the employer had taken years and used significant resources to create the confidential information at the heart of the proceedings.

(Warm Zones v Thurley and another [2014] EWHC 988 (QB).)

Receiving pay was not a prerequisite for employment status

The EAT has held that an individual can still be considered an “employee” for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996 even if they have not exercised their right to be paid.

The individual, the Managing Director and sole shareholder of a company, remained entitled to a redundancy payment from the Insolvency Service under section 166 of ERA 1996, despite not receiving pay for two years. She had elected to forgo her salary in an attempt to keep the company afloat.

(Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills v Knight UKEAT/0073/13.)

 

Statutory holiday pay should include a sum in respect of commission

The ECJ has held that, where a worker’s remuneration includes contractual commission, determined with reference to sales achieved, the Working Time Directive precludes a national law that calculates statutory holiday pay based on basic salary alone.

If commission payments are not taken into account, the worker will be placed at a financial disadvantage when taking statutory annual leave as no commission will be generated during the holiday period. In such circumstances, the worker might be deterred from exercising the right to annual leave. This would be contrary to the directive’s purpose.

This case was referred to the ECJ by the Leicester employment tribunal. The tribunal recognised that, under the natural wording of the Working Time Regulations 1998 and the week’s pay provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996, the claimant was not entitled to a sum in respect of commission in his holiday pay. The case is now likely to return to the tribunal to consider whether the domestic legislation can be interpreted in line with the ECJ’s decision and, if it can, the level of holiday pay to which the claimant was entitled.

(Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd C-539/12.)

LLP member was “clearly” a worker and entitled to whistleblower protection

The Supreme Court has held that a former equity partner of a law firm incorporated as a limited liability partnership (LLP) was clearly a worker and therefore eligible to bring a whistleblowing claim against the LLP.

Overturning the decision of the Court of Appeal, the court found that the LLP member fell within the definition of worker in section 230(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, as she could not market her services as a solicitor to anyone other than the LLP and was an integral part of its business.

It was not necessary for there to be an element of subordination in order for worker status to be made out. While subordination may sometimes be an aid to distinguishing workers from other self-employed individuals, it is not a universal characteristic of being a worker.

The court also shed some light on the meaning of section 4(4) of the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000, which has been notoriously difficult to interpret. It does not mean (as the Court of Appeal found) that LLP members can only be workers if they would also have been workers had the LLP been a traditional partnership under the Partnership Act 1890.

The Supreme Court’s decision is significant as it means that LLP members will benefit not only from the statutory protection from detriment available to whistleblowers, but also from a range of other rights available to workers. These include the right to paid annual leave and the right to be auto-enrolled in a pension scheme.

(Clyde & Co LLP and another v Bates van Winkelhof [2014] UKSC 32.)

Source: The Practical Law Company

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