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June 2017 Newsletter - Rights to be Accompanied to a disciplinary

Posted on Friday 9th Jun 2017

Right to be Accompanied

It is well known that an employee facing disciplinary action has the right to be accompanied at a disciplinary meeting. In a recent case the courts have confirmed that an employee has a practically unfettered right to choose his or her companion so long as that companion is a certified trade union official or officer or a colleague: no matter how unsuitable the employer regards that companion to be.

Mr. Gnahoua was a bus driver employed by Abellio London Ltd. Following a disciplinary process, he was dismissed for gross misconduct. He asked to be accompanied by

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May 2017 Newsletter - Fee For Intervention (FFI) Cost recovery scheme

Posted on Wednesday 10th May 2017

Fees for Intervention

In October 2012 the Health and Safety Executive (the “HSE”) introduced  a Fee for Intervention cost recovery scheme (“FFI”) to reduce public spending on the HSE by moving certain costs to dutyholders (employers, generally).

If upon an inspection an HSE inspector identifies a material breach of health and safety legislation s/he is entitled to issue an FFI invoice to cover the costs of the investigation, which the dutyholder is liable to pay. One can see the danger inherent in the scheme; that HSE inspectors issue a contravention notice whereas previously they might

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National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage 2017

Posted on Friday 31st Mar 2017

Quick reminder:

From 1st April 2017 the rates for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage will rise as follows from the current figures shown in brackets:

Age 25 and over:  £7.50 (£7.20)

Age 21 to 24: £7.05 (£6.95)

Age 18 to 20: £5.60 ((£5.55)

Under 18: £4.05 (£4.00)

Apprentices: £3.50 (£3.40)

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March 2017 Newsletter - Appeal Court upholds contractual commission and holiday pay ruling

Posted on Thursday 16th Mar 2017

Locked Out 

Last year the Court of Appeal in British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock decided that contractual results-based commission must be included in the calculation holiday pay.

This week, British Gas has been refused permission to take its appeal to the Supreme Court. Thus the Court of Appeal’s decision stands, namely that results-based commission should be “taken into account” for the purposes of the four weeks’ leave derived from the Working Time Directive where it forms part of a worker’s “normal remuneration”.

This case should now return to the Employment Tribunal for it to decide

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Posted on Monday 6th Feb 2017

Thanks for dropping in.

 We cannot on this one page answer all your questions about what Acton Jennings LLP is able to do to assist you with certification so any queries that remain unanswered please do not hesitate to contact our offices.

The procedure for dealing with the three standards we offer, ISO 9001 (quality standard), ISO 14001 
(environmental standard) and OHSAS 18001,  is essentially the same. 

Obtaining certification for any of the ISO standards develops through definite key stages. To be meaningful and to have a positive impact on

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