CONTRACTS - 29.11.2023
It’s not binding because I didn’t read the contract!
You’ve reminded an employee about a term that’s included in their employment contract. They’re now saying it isn’t binding as they never read the contract before they signed it. Is this correct?
CONTRACTS - 13.11.2023
Employment contracts and electronic signatures
It’s been suggested that you could speed up your recruitment processes by sending employment contracts out to new hires via email and asking them to sign on the dotted line with an electronic signature. Is this legally acceptable?
PAY - 13.11.2023
What’s the real Living Wage increase?
Higher payment. The real Living Wage (RLW) is a voluntary wage rate that’s set annually by the Living Wage Foundation (the LWF). It bases the RLW on the actual cost of living instead of the retail price index which is used by the government to set the statutory national minimum wage and national living wage rates. The RLW applies to staff aged 18 or over who work for accredited RLW employers, but non-accredited employers can pay the RLW voluntarily if they wish. ...
BREACH OF CONTRACT - 13.11.2023
What’s a “breach of contract”?
Q. Can you explain what “breach of contract” means? A. In the employment context, a breach of contract will arise where either the employer or the employee (or in some cases both) have failed to sufficiently follow one of more or the terms that are contained in, or apply under, the employment contract. Contractual terms can either be “express”, i.e. they are written down, or “implied”, i.e. they automatically exist because of the parties’ relationship and such terms don’t have to be written down. ...
PAY - 31.10.2023
Pay rise or cost of living payment?
Some employers are choosing to freeze pay and make discretionary annual cost of living payments instead. What’s the median cost of living payment that’s being made?
PENSIONS - 31.10.2023
Changes to pensions auto-enrolment age
New law. On 18 September 2023 the Pensions (Extension of Automatic Enrolment) Act 2023 received Royal Assent. It gives the government the power to: (1) lower the minimum age for eligible jobholders to be automatically enrolled into a workplace pension scheme from 22 years to 18 years; and (2) reduce the minimum earning threshold at which employers must contribute to an eligible jobholder’s workplace pension from £6,240 p.a. to £1 p.a. The latter will be achieved by removing the lower earnings limit threshold from pensions auto-enrolment calculations. ...