Employment and Pensions Law (17 September – 1 October)

Employment News

Contractor’s £4,000 holiday pay claim is the ‘tip of the iceberg’

People Management – 25 September

A contractor has settled with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for £4,200 holiday pay, potentially paving the way for many more freelancers to come forward and claim. Susan Winchester lodged a complaint against HMRC as she was being treated as a ‘worker’ for tax purposes but not receiving any of the benefits.

Is Section 40 of the Equality Act due a comeback?

Kingsley Napley – 21 September

Kingsley Napley discuss Section 40 of the Equality Act 2010, which was abolished under the coalition government. Section 40 was in place to make employers liable to employees if they were harassed by third parties in a work capacity. The article discusses factors such as the #MeToo movement which may prompt a return of Section 40.

Employees waste nearly 13 days a year in ‘unproductive’ meetings, survey finds

People Management – 21 September

A recent survey of over 2,000 employees from France, Germany and the UK has concluded that the average employee wastes nearly 13 days every year in unproductive meetings. According to the survey, 56% of the 187 hours per year an employee spends in meetings are unproductive.

Pensions News

Pension introducers wound up for misleading clients

FT Adviser – 27 September

NAEH, Wise Auto Enrolment (Wise) and National Auto Enrolment Helpline have all been wound up by the High Court in Manchester for misleading clients on their pensions. Two of the companies were introducers, and the court feared that the helpline would have been used to continue promoting the introducers misleading statements.

Dominic Chappell loses appeal against BHS conviction

Employee Benefits – 24 September

Dominic Chappell, the majority shareholder of Retail Acquisitions who bought BHS for £1, has lost his appeal for failing to provide information to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) during the sale of BHS. In February, the Magistrates’ Court found Chappell guilty and he was ordered to pay £87,170.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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