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Data Protection News

Posted on Wednesday 18th Oct 2017


As an employer, we need to process your personal data. “Process” means the retrieval, management, transmission, destruction and retention of employee personal data.

“Personal data”, under legalisation which will come into force in May 2018, (General Data Protection Regulation (commonly called the GDPR)) will include information relating to any living person, who can be identified directly or indirectly by such information (e.g. name, ID number, location data, an online identifier, one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic or

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SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER - New Standards for Ladders published

Posted on Friday 22nd Sep 2017

New Standard for Ladders

A revised set of new EN131 ladder standards covering all types of portable ladders (step, pole, extending and combination) are due to be introduced to the European market from the 1st January 2018. The British Standards, BS 2037 and BS 1129 (often referred to as Class 1 and Class 3 ladders) now must be amended to remove conflicting products, which means that, after a transition period, certified ladders from these standards will no longer be available. The changes are designed primarily to address ladder stability and durability and introduce a classification of

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August 2017 Newsletter - Holiday Pay: Voluntary Overtime

Posted on Friday 4th Aug 2017

Holiday Pay: Voluntary Overtime


We are aware that some of our clients, when calculating holiday pay, do not take into account payment for overtime worked in the preceding period because they term it “voluntary overtime”. That is, holiday pay is calculated at the contractual rate. Previous Newsletters in July 2015 and May 2016 have set out our view that this approach is not in accordance with the legal situation.

Further support for the view that voluntary overtime, normally worked, is ‘normal remuneration' to be taken into the reckoning when  calculating holiday pay is provided by 

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July 2017 Newsletter - Out of timeŁ employment tribunal claims may now be brought by ex-employees following Supreme Court ruling

Posted on Friday 28th Jul 2017


This Newsletter is entirely devoted to the Supreme Court ruling this week that tribunal fees were unlawful; a decision as surprising as it was momentous. The justices were unanimous in their view that when parliament confers employment rights on individuals, the Lord Chancellor cannot effectively take them away by introducing prohibitively high fees.



As most clients will be aware since 2013, claimants have had to pay a fee of up to £1,200 to take their employer to a tribunal and the drop of around 70% in the number of claims to tribunal is largely

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Posted on Wednesday 26th Jul 2017

Since the government introduced fees in 2013 both for starting an employment tribunal claim and a significantly higher fee for taking the case to hearing,  the number of tribunal cases has fallen by  79%  over those years: from around 7000  before  the fees were introduced  to about 1500 in September 2016.

However, the Supreme Court has today ruled that the government acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees.

According to the BBC website, the government has agreed to reimburse fees paid by claimants. This will mean unsuccessful claimants will receive refunds.

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