Employers sending time-critical notices to employees should ensure they know when the notice will be deemed to have been given, taking into account any express provisions in the employee's terms of employment or other applicable rules, following a Supreme Court ruling.
Employers who seriously breach an employee's contract of employment, but the employee affirms the contract rather than terminates it, should avoid further breaches as the previous breach may still be relevant when considering whether there is a series of acts or omissions which cumulatively amount to a repudiatory breach.
Employers who decide to dismiss an employee should put the decision into effect as soon as they can, or risk discovering the employee's pregnancy (or other factor arising) before they have gone requires them to review that decision – otherwise they could face a claim.
Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.
Acas advice booklet for employers, employee representatives and employees in situations when 20 or more employees may lose their jobs through collective redundancy. The booklet covers relevant case studies and provides tips for managing the psychological impact of redundancies.
Acas step-by-step tool aimed at small firms and team managers, in situations where fewer than 20 staff are at risk of redundancy. Includes examples of real-life business situations and frequently-asked questions to do with handling redundancies.
Acas information on redundancy issues, including consultation, selection criteria, redundancy notice, and redundancy payments.
Court rules employers are liable for lost pension rights
The Court of Appeal has ruled that British employers could be liable to pay pension contributions to employees who are wrongly dismissed.
Honeywell's CEO on how he avoided layoffs
David Cote, the chief executive officer of consumer goods company Honeywell, discusses his financial strategy for his company during the 2008 economic crisis.
Shares for rights changes could cost employers more
The government's Growth and Infrastructure Bill allows employers to let staff swap some of their employment rights for shares in their organisation - but there could be costs involved in implementing the scheme.
Membership of extreme political parties, criminal activity, football hooliganism, taking illegal substances: if your workers' leisure activities create problems with other colleagues or customers or could potentially damage your business' reputation – what can you do?
Employers need to know what amounts to a disability and what they have to do if they have a disabled employee or job applicant. Our quick guide will make sure you have covered all the bases.
When an employee leaves, for whatever reason, it is vital to get everything right, from reclaiming your property to ensuring your confidential information is kept secret after the employee leaves. Check out the key steps to take for a trouble-free termination.
Making staff redundant
Guidance from GOV.UK covering:
- how to avoid redundancies
- lay-offs and short-time working
- compulsory and non-compulsory redundancy
- staff consultations
- staff notice
- redundancy pay.
Calculate your employee's statutory redundancy pay
GOV.UK calculator for employers to work out payments based on age, weekly pay and number of years service.
Information from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service on redundancy issues, including employee and employer FAQs. The Acas Advisory Booklet on Redundancy handling is available to download and is intended to ‘provide guidance for employers, trade unions and employee representatives on how best to handle redundancies’.
Factsheet from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) focusing on the legal position, managing redundancy and survivor care. Registration is required to read the full factsheet.
Reorganising your business
Practice note from the Law Society on the implications of a reorganisation for employment law. Last updated July 2016.
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