1. Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination

    In May 2018, the Government Equalities Office published new guidance for employers, employees and job seekers on dress codes in the workplace and sex discrimination. The guidance states that: Dress codes can be a legitimate part of an employer’s terms and conditions of employment and are usually put in place in order to present and…

  2. Employment Law Update – National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage Increase

    Just a reminder that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates are changing from the 1st April 2018. The new rates are shown below: Remember that employees can make a claim at the Employment Tribunal and HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs) can take employers to court for not paying the NMW/NLW.The…

  3. Can your employees take the day off work due to snow? Your rights explained by our experts

    With Met Office weather warnings in place, Devon & Cornwall are set to be hit hard by bitter Siberian weather conditions. But what happens if your staff can’t get to work due to the snow? Here is all the information you need from our employment law experts… The legal position Employees are obliged to attend…

  4. Refund of Employment Tribunal Fees – Now Available To Claim Online

    Further to our recent news article ‘Employment Tribunal Fees ruled ‘unlawful’’, www.gov.uk have updated their website and applications for a refund of employment tribunal fees can now be made online. If the applicant is entitled to a refund, it will be transferred to their bank account (plus 0.5% interest). Applicants can apply online, by email…

  5. What does winter weather mean for your business?

    What does winter weather mean for your business? In a cold snap, businesses can be disrupted by winter weather and even forced to close if employees cannot get to work due to the impact of snow and ice on our transport links. So, what should an employer consider in the event that Jack Frost keeps…

  6. National Living Wage: Avoiding potential pitfalls

    The national living wage (NLW) is an additional rate of the national minimum wage (NMW) which applies to workers aged 25 or over from 1st April 2016.  Its introduction will affect almost all employers and create a number of potential pitfalls that they will wish to avoid. Here, to help avoid these issues, employment specialist James…