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Case study: Employment rights of self-employed
BACKGROUND: We often receive calls regarding locums or associates working on a ‘self-employed’ basis. Genuine self-employed people have a contract for services, not a contract of services, as an employee does, and as such they have no employment rights.
Ask the expert: Long-term absence
We have been receiving a high number of calls on the employment law advice line regarding long-term sickness issues. Long-term sickness can cause major disruption in practices, resulting in costs to cover a temporary replacement, as well as affecting morale as colleagues have to pick up extra work for the absent employee.
Changes are being made to the rate of National Minimum Wage. From October 1, the rates will be:
Dealing with breach of confidentiality and unacceptable behaviour
A patient has written into the practice with a serious allegation. The practice manager phoned the patient to discuss her letter and she has advised that one of our receptionists has started an affair with her estranged husband.
How to deal with Olympic fever
It is only a few months until our television screens will be ablaze with one of the biggest events of the sporting calendar – the Olympic and Paralympic Games. With all the excitement looming, there will be staff issues to consider for practices whose employees are looking for time off during the event.
HR Alert - Unfair dismissal rule change
EMPLOYEES will have to wait longer to bring a claim for unfair dismissal under major new laws that come into effect in April.
Employment law changes for the year ahead
We’ve already looked at the increase in the required qualifying period for an unfair dismissal as well as changes to the employment tribunal procedure, but here are some other employment law changes in the pipeline:
The maximum amount of a week’s pay for calculating redundancy pay has increased to £430 and the limit on the level of a guaranteed payment increases to £23.50 per day.
Case study - Sex and race discrimination
BACKGROUND: A doctor who was dismissed from her position at a hospital in the north of England has been awarded £4.5 million after winning a tribunal claim for unfair dismissal, sex and race discrimination.
Ask the expert: Social networking sites
We have been receiving a large number of calls on the employment law advice line regarding the use of social networking sites, such as Facebook, twitter and MySpace.