Saturday, 18 March 2017
The compensation limits for certain awards made in Employment Tribunals will increase from April 6th,2017. The increases apply to dismissals occurring on or after that date.
*The maximum compensation award for unfair dismissal increases from £78,926 to £80,541.
*The cap for a week's pay (used to calculate basic awards and statutory redundancy payments) increases from £479 to £489.
*The minimum award for certain unfair dismissal claims increases from £5,853 to £5,970.
If you are considering or are making redundancies (or maybe parting company with an employee by agreement) on or after April 6th,2017 you will need to make sure that you are using the correct cap for the weekly pay figure in your calculations.
New guidance to help employers understand gig economy working has come from the Conciliation Service Acas.Its updated guidance outlines different types of employment status following recent high-profile court judgements involving companies such as CitySprint and Uber.
Acas says its aim is to "provide some clarity on the various different types of ways that people can work and the employment rights that they are entitled to". Head of guidance at Acas,Stewart Gee,says:" Many businesses and their staff may not realise that a working person's employment rights very much depends on their status.
"A person who is self-employed or defined as a worker is likely to have different legal rights to someone else who is considered an employee".
The guidance covers the three main types of employment status:employee,worker and self-employed.In the latter case,the guidance has been expanded to look at how the relationship works if someone operates through an umbrella company or agency.