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New law: Government announces major changes to employment law

Employers should start planning for significant changes to employment law, announced by government in its Good Work Plan and due to come into force from 2019.

The proposed changes, which follow a major consultation by Matthew Taylor, the Good Work Review, include:

  • New rules for determining whether there has been continuity of employment for employment law purposes.
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Posted on 7 January 2019 | 2:59 pm

Case law: Companies cannot say ‘dividends’ paid to directors were in fact salary if the dividends were later found unlawful

Companies and their advisors should be wary of characterising a payment to a director as a dividend without knowing if there are sufficient profits available to lawfully pay dividends, because they cannot later re-classify it as salary if they find there were insufficient profits after all, the Court of Appeal has made clear.Read more

Posted on 7 January 2019 | 2:57 pm

Case law: Employer cannot dismiss employee if the employee then loses benefits under long-term disability benefits plan

Employers should beware dismissing an employee who would then lose their rights under a long-term disability benefits plan on dismissal, following a recent ruling that a dismissal in those circumstances was unfair.

An airline employee at an airport benefited from an insured, long-term disability benefit plan (a PHI scheme), under which he was entitled to receive a proportion of his salary while unable to work due to injury or ill health, on a long-term basis.… Read more

Posted on 7 January 2019 | 2:56 pm