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Case study: Lost in translation
THE UK is becoming increasingly more diverse with many different nationalities, languages and cultures present in the workplace. Employers may want to consider whether it is reasonable to ask employees to speak English or indeed refrain from speaking their native language at work.
Ask the expert: Can I monitor personal emails?
Q. THE recent Romanian case of Barbulescu v Romania has been causing a bit of a stir, with headlines in the press declaring that employers can now snoop on employee’s personal communications sent from company computers or smartphones. Is this the case?
Consultation on tribunal powers in Scotland
A CONSULTATION is underway into plans to devolve employment tribunal powers to the Scottish Government.
Compensation limits increase
From 6 April, the statutory limit for a week’s pay will be increased to £479 (currently £475) and the maximum compensatory award in unfair dismissal claims will raise to £78,962 (currently £78,335).
Did you know?
THE Employment Law team at MDDUS have a range of useful documentation available.
National living wage to be introduced
EMPLOYEES over 25 who are currently on the national minimum wage will get a pay rise in April with the government introducing a compulsory national living wage.
FROM October 1, the following changes to the national minimum wage took place:
Ask the expert: The right to work
Q. OUR practice is currently in the process of recruiting a new member to the team. Before beginning the interview process, how do we ensure that the successful candidate has the right to work in the UK?
Acas reveal early conciliation figures
ALMOST two thirds of early conciliation cases dealt with by Acas did not proceed to a tribunal claim, according to figures based on the first year of the scheme.
Developing a practice policy on e-cigarettes
Practices are urged to ensure their policy on e-cigarettes is more than just smoke and mirrors.