local authority spending and the spiralling cost of the agency carousel

In September last year I wrote about the problem of what have been described as “revolving door managers” in the NHS. Settlement payments have amounted to a shocking £1.6 billion, often paid to employees who were re-employed in virtually the same or similar jobs with weeks or months. Faced with a problem on such a…

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big payouts

In November 2014 I warned that employers should get ready for backdated holiday claims, particularly from those who are now entitled to include average overtime when calculating the rate payable. The Government’s response was to attempt to limit the effect on employers by introducing the Deductions from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014. The Regulations are intended…

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Government minister attacks “scandal” of non-payment of tribunal awards

Business minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe has described as scandalous the fact that so few tribunal awards are paid promptly by employers. However, perhaps she should have looked to her own Government before criticising others. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill includes provisions that employers who do not pay awards when they are due will receive…

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a successful appeal against dismissal automatically revives the contract

In Salmon v Castlebeck Care (Teesdale) Ltd and others the Employment Appeal Tribunal was asked to consider whether a successful appeal against dismissal has the effect of automatically reactivating the contract of employment or whether an employer needs to take the further step of reinstating the employee. It also considered whether or not there is…

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is an employee suffering from depression and anxiety disabled?

If you ask an employer or HR manager whether a diagnosis of depression and anxiety means that an employee is disabled for the purposes of the Equality Act most, probably erring on the side of caution, would reply in the affirmative. Many GPs sign off employees as suffering from anxiety and/or depression, sometimes adding that…

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