One of the main queries I get asked by businesses, regardless of its size, is if they can dismiss an employee without the risk of the individual bringing forward a claim for unfair dismissal.
Can you fire an employee risk-free?
The short answer is that there's always the potential risk of a claim being lodged against the business - it's just a case of minimising the risk and strengthening the employer's position.
There are five potentially fair legal reasons for dismissal:
• statutory duty for example not having a work permit,
• A ‘catch all’ reason, known as ‘some other substantial reason" or SOSR’. More...
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has today ruled that overtime should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay. The Tribunal made its decision in two cases relating to the United Kingdom’s interpretation of the Working Time Directive (WTD) from 1998.
The decision could have a potentially enormous impact on businesses of all sizes, as they now have the prospect of employees being able to bring claims against them for unpaid holiday pay.
Employers liable for backdated pay
With approximately one in six employees regularly engaging in voluntary overtime, employers could find themselves liable for backdated pay collectively running into several billions of pounds. More...
In our FAQ series, our expert conveyancing solicitors advise a potential homeowner about the government schemes available to potential homeowners.
Q: I have read about a new scheme in Wales to assist home buyers. What is it?
A: There is a new Welsh Assembly Scheme (which starts on January 1, 2014) which is available for all home buyers in Wales buying new-build properties under £300,000.00.
The scheme is called Help to Buy Wales. It allows house buyers with a 5% deposit to apply for an initial government-funded loan that’s up to 20% of the property’s value. Potential buyers can arrange a mortgage with any lender for the remaining 75%. More...