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25
May 2018

The new law on data protection, commonly referred to as GDPR comes into operation today 25/5/18 and is made operative in the UK via the Data Protection Act 2018 which can be found in PDF format or link below. This is a specialist area of law and relates to duties and obligations on data controllers and processors, consent, the right to be forgotten, data breaches, fines and so on....

06
Apr 2018

HMRC - extract from Gov.uk website below - Employers will need to pay Income Tax and Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) on an element of all termination payments from today (6 April 2018), whether or not they are contractual payments. The element that is now chargeable to Income Tax and NICs is the amount of the termination payment that represents payment in lieu of notice...

06
Apr 2018

The increased limits relate to a range of employment rights including statutory redundancy payments; the basic and compensatory awards for unfair dismissal; the limit on guarantee payments made when employees are not provided with work; and the minimum basic award for unfair dismissal in health and safety and certain other cases. For example, the limit on the compensatory award for unfair...

16
Mar 2018

On 1st April 2018 the National Minimum Wage rates increase and so employers and workers alike need to be aware of the new rates to ensure compliance with the law. There are significant fines for non-compliance with the law and it can often be easy to make mistakes regarding things such as paying for uniforms which could mean inadvertent breaches of the law. If in doubt contact the Labour...

11
Jan 2018

Click on the link to listen to a 45 minute podcast between Mark McAllister (LRA) and Scott Alexander (Legal Island) on the Top 10 Employment Law decisions of 2017 and the pratical ramifications for HR, Trade unions, lawyers and organisations in general.   Podcast link here...

07
Dec 2017

Christmas and the workplaceThe Christmas season has a big impact on most businesses and employees. It will be a time when there is likely to be extra demand for products, services and sales in some businesses whilst others may experience a quiet period or may shut for the Christmas holidays.  Many employees will request time off to spend time with their family, go on holiday or attend...

06
Dec 2017

In the Autumn Budget the Chancellor announced new rates for the National Living Wage and Minimum Wage.  These will come into effect from April 2018.   Statutory payments - April 2017    From April 2017    From April 2018   Maternity/Paternity/Adoption   £140.98  £145.18 Sick Pay  £  89.35  £ ...

31
Oct 2017

  Photo from last week’s launch of the Joint Declaration of Protection which is welcomed and endorsed by the Labour Relation Agency and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

26
Oct 2017

The Labour Relations Agency and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland welcome and endorse the Joint Declaration of Protection (for Dignity at Work and Inclusive Working Environment) launched by the NI Employment Relations Roundtable today, 26 October 2017, at the Spires Conference Centre, Assembly Buildings, Belfast. Through the Declaration and as leaders of employment relations in...

27
Sep 2017

From 1/10/17 reforms to the Public Interest Disclosure legislation (also known as whistle-blowing) comes into effect in Northern Ireland. Most of the reforms have already been implemented in Great Britain between the years 2013-2016 and whilst they may look technical in nature they will have an impact on how the courts will deal with claims about how workers have suffered detriment or dismissal...

24
Aug 2017

The Annual Report & Accounts 2016-17 has now been published.  Please click here

23
Mar 2017

In recent times news headlines have highlighted that in the modern working world it is not always clear what type of contract people are working under and this in turn begs the question, what is my employment status? Invariably there will be one of three potential answers – an employee, a worker, or an self-employed independent contractor. If only it were that simple. Many modern business...

22
Mar 2017

The Up-rating legislation is due to come into operation in NI on various dates in April (notably 2nd and 6th) for SSP, SMP etc. No. 56 The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 This Order, one of a series of statutory rules relating to the annual up-rating of social security benefits provides for the rates of certain social security benefits, pensions and...

13
Mar 2017

From this year, all National Minimum Wage rates and the National Living Wage rate will be set on 1 April of each year. The minimum wage rates will increase on 1 April 2017 to: National Living Wage (25 years old and over) - £7.50 per hour National Minimum Wage adult rate (21 to 24 years old) - £7.05 per hour National Minimum Wage (18 to 20 years old) - £5.60 per hour National Minimum...

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