Included in this issue: Court of Appeal decides self-employed plumbers are workers; HMRC launches new online tool for checking tax employment status; what are the implications of the Supreme Court's refusal of permission to appeal in Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd?...


Employment status: Court of Appeal decides self-employed plumbers are workers

Following recent Tribunal decisions that self-employed minicab drivers and bicycle couriers had worker status, the Court of Appeal has decided that self-employed plumbers were workers and also employees under the extended definition of employment in the Equality Act 2010.

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Employment status and tax: HMRC launches new online tool for checking tax employment status

HMRC has launched a new online employment status tool to help organisations determine whether individuals are employed or self-employed for tax purposes.  

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Holiday pay: what are the implications of the Supreme Court's refusal of permission to appeal in Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd?

In October 2016, the Court of Appeal decided that the Working Time Regulations 1998 could be interpreted to include results-based commission payments in holiday pay.  

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Implied terms: no implied term that requirement to repay a company loan was waived in a voluntary redundancy situation

The Privy Council has held that an employee who took voluntary redundancy was still required to repay a company loan when he fell short of the length of service requirement for repayment to be waived.

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Religious discrimination: refusal of time off to attend religious festivals was not indirectly discriminatory

The EAT has held that an employer's refusal to grant an employee five consecutive weeks' annual leave in order to participate in religious festivals did not amount to indirect religious discrimination.

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Pensions and age discrimination: Tribunal decisions show continued uncertainty around age discrimination and objective justification

An Employment Tribunal has found that age discriminatory transitional arrangements relating to changes to judges' pension arrangements were not objectively justified and therefore breached age discrimination legislation.

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Employee Incentives: round-up of recent developments 

Our Employee Incentives team rounds up key developments in remuneration occurring in February 2017.  The round -up considers developments in the tax, corporate governance and financial services spheres.

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Tier 2 Update

Immigration skills charge and application for annual allocation of unrestricted certificates.

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Modern Slavery

Closer than you think, but what can you do?

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