Monthly Archives: October 2015

Labour Costs: National Minimum Wage and Proposed Enforcement Measures

On 1 October 2015, over one million workers received a pay rise with the increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW).  The standard adult rate is now £6.70 per hour, the development rate is £5.30 per hour and the apprenticeship … Continue reading

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Extending Shared Parental Leave to Grandparents

They say it takes a village to raise a child. George Osborne appears to agree with this proverb in some respects with a proposed extension of Shared Parental Leave to grandparents. Currently, a mother must take a minimum of 2 … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal restricts pension benefits for surviving spouses in same sex partnerships

The Court of Appeal has dismissed Walker v Innospec, an appeal concerning equality of pension entitlements for same sex couples. Mr Walker worked for Innospec Ltd from January 1980 until his retirement on 31 March 2003. Mr Walker had lived … Continue reading

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The Role of Human Resources in Disciplinary Proceedings – The risks of crossing the line

A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision has provided a reminder of the role of Human Resources in disciplinary proceedings. In February 2012, Mr Ramphal (the Claimant) was selected at random for an audit of his transport and subsistence claims.  He … Continue reading

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IR35 – Changes through Consultation – Employers Take Note

Intermediaries legislation (known as IR35) is the tax and National Insurance (NI) legislation that may apply if an individual works for a client through an intermediary. This is a common arrangement for consultants and some agency workers. The IR35 regime … Continue reading

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