goodbye to the statutory questionnaires – thank goodness!

Section 66 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act will repeal the statutory discrimination questionnaire procedure from 6 April 2014 and in advance of this, ACAS has published guidance about asking and responding to questions relating to workplace discrimination after the abolition of the statutory procedure. The guidance is non statutory and is not binding…

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minimum wage update

The latest review of the minimum wage has attracted more attention than usual, perhaps because we are not that far away from the next general election. First, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced that the maximum penalty for failure to pay minimum wage is to increase to 100% of unpaid wages, up…

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reasonable adjustments for absent employees in the event of redundancy

In McCarthy v Jaguar Cars Ltd the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered, and upheld, an Employment Tribunal decision that where a disabled person had been selected for redundancy although the selection criterion relating to attendance amounted to a discriminatory provision, criterion or practice, the employer had made a reasonable adjustment by scoring the employee on the…

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impartiality and the need to follow procedures accurately

A couple of cases this month illustrate the crucial importance of paying more than lip service to fair procedure. West London Mental Health v Chhabra illustrates the dangers of allowing non decision makers to meddle in disciplinary proceedings. In this case, concerns were raised about a consultant psychiatrist, including about possible breaches of confidentiality after…

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