October 2016 Employment Law Update – Frettens Solicitors
Paul Burton is an employment solicitor and Associate at Frettens Solicitors, working in partnership with Bond Williams. Paul specialises in both contentious and non-contentious matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE, contracts and policies and is recommended in this year’s Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, independent legal directories and also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. Here he brings us the latest news in Employment law for October 2016.
1 October changes
1st October (along with 1st April) is the date when many employment law legislative changes are introduced. We do not have any major changes this time round (we were expecting the Gender Pay Gap Regulations to come into force, but that has been pushed back to April 2017).
However, we do have the annual increase to national minimum wage rates: increasing to £6.95ph for workers aged 21 to 24 (with lower rates for younger workers). The national living wage for workers aged over 25 remains at £7.20ph.
We were never likely to have many changes this October after the Brexit vote in the summer. The government are currently concentrating on the outcome of that and we are unlikely to have many major employment law-related changes over the next couple of years.
TUPE: Service Provision Change
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) held in this case that there was no service provision change (SPC) under the TUPE Regulations when a Council-tendered ‘park and ride’ service closed after a competitor set up at the site. Read more >
News – working Dad bonus
Recent research by the TUC union and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has shown that working dads are taking home a 21% bonus on their salary compared to men without children – and the more children you have the better the bonus. “Fathers with more than two children earned 9% more than those with one child. These surprising facts have come from a study of 17,000 workers. Women with children who also work suffer a wage penalty though, taking home 11% less than those without children,” explains Employment Associate Paul Burton. Read more >
News – ESA benefit payments – re-tests to be axed for chronically ill
Tens of thousands of people claiming the main benefit for long-term sickness will no longer face repeated medical assessments to keep their payments. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it was pointless to re-test recipients of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with severe conditions and no prospect of getting better. Read more >