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Government announces increases to statutory payments in April 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a paper setting out proposed increases to statutory payments which will apply from April 2020. Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Maternity Allowance will all increase from £148.68 to £151.20 per week

Article by: Makbool Javaid 26 January 2020

Samira Ahmed wins equal pay claim against the BBC

An ET has held that the work done by Jeremy Vine on Points of View and Samira Ahmed on Newswatch was ‘like work’ i.e. work that is the same or broadly similar. Claire Darwin of Matrix Chambers represented Samira Ahmed, who report that the ET held that the differences between the two programmes were minor differences and had no impact on the work that the two presenters did, or the skills and experience required to present the programmes

Article by: Makbool Javaid 22 January 2020

National Living Wage increases to £8.72 per hour from April 2020

The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission recommendation that the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) hourly rates should increase in April 2020 as follows: (a) the NLW increases from £8.21 to £8.72 for workers aged 25 and over;

Article by: Makbool Javaid 16 January 2020

Discovering Vice President’s salary accidently and telling a few colleagues not gross misconduct

In Jagex Ltd v McCambridge, M was summarily dismissed after finding a document that had been left on the communal printer which contained the salary of a senior employee and telling a few colleagues about it. Although M was not responsible for any wider dissemination of the information, it was embarrassing for the employer when the level of the executive's pay became more generally known in the office. The EAT agreed with the ET that M’s dismissal was unfair

Article by: Makbool Javaid 13 January 2020

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ICO consultation on the draft right of access guidance

The ICO has drafted guidance which explains in detail the rights that individuals have to access their personal data (data subject access requests) and the obligations on controllers. The draft guidance also explores the special rules involving certain categories of personal data

Article by: Makbool Javaid 26 December 2019

Defamation may not be a public interest disclosure qualifying for protection

In Ibrahim v HCA International Ltd, an ET struck out I’s claim of detriment because of whistleblowing after he had disclosed that he had been the subject of false rumours and been treated badly by a colleague. The ET decided the disclosures were not made in the public interest but made with a view to I clearing his name. But the Court of Appeal found the ET had erred in its approach.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 8 December 2019

Dismissal unfair even though decision maker unaware manager manipulated facts 

The Court of Appeal held that there could be certain situations where, if a manager had manipulated the facts, and the dismissing officer was unaware, that motivation could be attributed to the employer, thereby making the reason for dismissal whistleblowing and automatically unfair. However, in the specific circumstances of this case the ET was only obliged to consider the mental processes of the employer’s authorised decision-maker.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 5 December 2019