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Changes to employment law changes come into effect in April 2024

Holiday regulations for part-time and irregular-hour employees- Employment Law For holiday years commencing on or after April 1, 2024, holiday entitlement calculations and compensation for part-year and irregular-hours employees must comply with the new regulations. At the end of each pay period, holidays are accrued at a rate of 12.07% of the worker’s actual hours […]

Pensions: 2024 Developments

Following the announcement of a “comprehensive package of pension reform” in the Chancellor’s 2023 Autumn A statement in November and the long-awaited General Code of Practice by the Pension’s Regulator early this year. Mansion House Reforms and the Autumn Statement Following the announcement of the Mansion House reforms in July 2023, the Autumn Statement foreshadowed […]

ONS Stats Show Scotland Outperforming UK on Employment

New data from the National Office for Statistics Official (ONS) shows that between June and August 2015, Scotland has outperformed the UK in terms of employment, youth employment and youth employment with rates sitting at 73.7%, 61.5% and 71.5% respectively. Not so encouragingly, Scotland’s unemployment rate has increased. Commenting on the stats, Scotland’s Deputy First […]

Bogus Self-Employment Can Cost Millions

As many as 460,000 people could be ‘bogusly self-employed’ and as a result be missing out on valuable benefits, such as holiday pay, Citizens Advice has claimed. In a new report, the charity highlights how unscrupulous employers can compel staff to be self-employed when they should in fact have employee status. This means employers can […]

Female Solicitors “Working for Free” as of Today

According to new research from the Law Society of Scotland, female solicitors are working from free as of today due to the gender pay gap in the legal profession. Through comparing annual full-time salaries between males and females, the Law Society of Scotland found that there was a 42% difference in salary with the salary […]

Government Unveils Reforms to Strike Laws

The UK Government has recently published details of proposed reforms to strike laws, which it says will fairly balance the right to strike with the right of people to be able to go about their daily lives and work. The Trade Union Bill will introduce: a 50% threshold for ballot turn-out, and an additional threshold […]

First Year of Early Conciliation from Acas

According to a recent report from Acas, the first year of its Early Conciliation (EC) service has been a success, with the workplace body dealing with over 83,000 EC cases between April 2014 and March 2015. A change to the law was introduced last year that meant anyone thinking of making an employment tribunal claim […]

Fighting Age Discrimination in Recruitment

A best practice protocol that aims to end age discrimination in recruitment has been launched by Age UK and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation to give older people a better chance of finding work. The UK’s workforce is ageing: between 2012 and 2022 there will be an additional 3.7 million people aged between 50 and […]

Back Pain Growing Problem for UK Employees

A recent study by Nuffield Health shows approximately three million UK employee/workers experience problems with back pain and are, either, unable to work or are on long-term sick leave as a result. Additionally and worryingly, somewhere in the region of six million individuals working in the UK have back pain that is undiagnosed. While a […]

Do UK Employees Now Need to Work Past 65?

The majority of employees in the United Kingdom now expect to work past the age of 65, if recent research from Canada Life Group Insurance is to be believed. The survey found that approximately 61 per cent of UK employees expect to work beyond the ‘normal’ retirement. Interestingly, this percentage changes depending on the age […]