News articles – Employment Law Services — Employers
The Government’s Business Taskforce has made 30 recommendations to cut EU red tape. The Taskforce reported that the complexity and quantity of employment legislation coming from the EU is preventing job creation as many micro-enterprises are deciding not to employ staff because of the fear of being sued.
From 1 September 2013 new and existing employees can become employee shareholders. Whether businesses will choose to offer employee shareholder status roles remains to be seen but if they do (and if the employee agrees) the status essentially means that the employee will be given shares in the employer’s company, with a minimum value of £2,000, in return for giving up some of their employment rights.
The Working Time Regulations give employees the right to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday, including bank and public holidays, in each leave year. Under the Regulations the leave is split into 4 weeks’ basic leave and 1.6 weeks’ additional leave.
The law changed on 29 July 2013 so that employers and employees can enter into confidential (and inadmissible at an employment tribunal) negotiations with a view to reaching mutually agreeable terms to end the employment relationship before a dispute has arisen.
There is no set maximum temperature for a place of work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) used to say that an acceptable temperature for most people in the UK lies between 13C (56F) and 30C (86F), but it now just states that “during working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable”.