Employment Edit – what's new in employment law

Welcome to Employment Edit: this fortnight's updates cover vicarious liability, discriminatory advertising, whistleblowing, bonus cap and statutory payments.

10 March 2016

Welcome to Employment Edit, our pick of the key employment law developments from the last couple of weeks:

  • Vicarious liability – the Supreme Court has considered – and potentially broadened – the scope of vicarious liability, under which employers can be liable for acts of employees and other workers which are outside of the employer's control (Cox v Ministry of Justice; Mohamud v Morrison Supermarkets plc). Our briefing on the implications of the decision will follow shortly.
  • Discriminatory advertising – The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new guidance, a checklist and some FAQs on how to avoid unlawful discrimination in job adverts.
  • Whistleblowing – The PRA and FCA's requirement for financial services firms to appoint a whistleblowing champion came into force on 7 March 2016.
  • Bonus cap – The PRA and FCA have confirmed that smaller financial services firms will not be required to comply with the bonus cap rules. Please see our briefing for more information.
  • Statutory payments – The government has published its annual increases to statutory payments and employment tribunal awards. The new limits apply from 6 April 2016. In particular, the limit on a week's pay for calculating statutory redundancy payments will rise by £4 to £479 and the maximum compensatory award for ordinary unfair dismissal will be £78,962 (currently £78,335).

If you would like more information, or specific advice, please contact Roger Bull, or get in touch with your usual Burges Salmon contact.

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