Our Spring News brings you key HR issues that you need to be aware of in an quick-read style. First, we have many conversations about constructive dismissal, often about how likely an employee could successfully claim it. You'll find below a summary of a case where an employee successfully won around £55,000. Next it's all change for parents at work. The big changes are to the new Shared Parental Leave, but other parent entitlements change too. Read our useful summary. From 6 April we see some statutory pay rates increase - we've set these out in a useful table. And finally, Acas have introduced a new 2015 Code on Discipline and Grievances. Even if you have your own policies, you must still comply with this Code. Our Top Tip this month is about keeping up to date with the continually changing employment laws. Finally, we hope our Thought for the Day will raise a wry smile!
Company looses at ET | £55,000 payout awarded | Director discredited
In this case the Judge found the employee had been constructively dismissed from her post, identifying three incidents of sexual harassment and hearing of her being subject to "a tirade of criticism" in front of colleagues. Much of the background relates to personal relationships in the workplace and allowing tempers to show at work. Read more here and follow the links to the Appeal judgement. If you think you might be exposed to a constructive dismissal or harassment claim, ring us now on 0845 463 3231 - waiting won't make it go away.
New Shared Parental Leave & other changes for parents at work
The big news for parents at work is that Shared Parental Leave comes fully into force on 5 April 2015, but don’t loose sight of the other changes to rights for adopting parents, and to parental leave. The short story is, if you have any employees expecting a child, including expecting to adopt a child, or who have a child up to the age of 18, then check, check, and check again what they are entitled to, and how to manage the process. Better still, call us on 0845 463 3231 and we'll help you out. Here's our quick summary. Below you'll read about the statutory pay rates increasing for parent related leave.
Statutory Pay Rate Rises from 6 April 2015
April brings some statutory pay rate changes. These include pay rate increases for shared parental, maternity, paternity, adoption and sick pay. Also increased is the rate of a week's pay which is used to calculate redundancy and unfair dismissal awards while maximum award for unfair dismissal edges closer to the £80,000. Read the exact rates here and here's the link again to our quick summary of changes for parents at work we mentioned above - remember, you can always ring is at the office (0845 463 3231) if you want to discuss anything.
Acas's New Code on Discipline & Grievance
Acas have introduced a new 2015 Code 1 on Discipline & Grievance procedures. As you know, employment tribunals will look closely to the Acas Code to ensure employers have followed it. Even if you have your own in-house policy and process, you must still ensure you comply with the Code. Read our summary here, and follow the link to the new 2015 Acas Code. If you have any discipline or grievance matters you'd like to talk through, call us at the office on 0845 463 3231.
Thought for the day
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.