What to expect at the employment tribunal and how to prepare
Law students from the University of Birmingham will deliver weekly presentations at the Birmingham Employment Tribunal aimed at assisting parties who are representing themselves. The students will deliver two sessions, taking place on alternate weeks. Find out more here.
How not to treat loyal workers - The Kinsley School cleaners
Lesley Leake, Marice Hall and Karen McGee are the ‘Kinsley Three’. They are three victims of the privatisation of education who are fighting back. Between the three of them there is over thirty years of cleaning experience at Kinsley Primary School. When the school was turned into Kinsley Academy the cleaning contract was handed over to C & D Cleaning by Wakefield Council. To find out more about their fight click here.
Revealed: delivery giant Hermes pays some couriers less than living wage
Britain’s second-biggest parcel company, Hermes, which delivers for John Lewis and other major retailers, is paying some of its couriers at levels equivalent to below the national living wage according to a snapshot of information provided by some of those who have worked there.
In common with several delivery firms serving the internet shopping boom, Hermes does not need to pay its couriers the £7.20 an hour living wage introduced in April because they are self-employed. The arrangement is legal and is approved by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
To find out more click here.
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In April the Government’s new National Living Wage became law
If you’re working and aged 25 or over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship, you’ll be legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour. That’s an extra fifty pence per hour in your pocket. The Government is committed to increasing this every year.
You should see the increase in your pay automatically from April if you currently earn less than £7.20 per hour. So check your payslip then. If you don’t see the difference in April, you may want to speak to your employer or contact us for advice. You can find out more about the National Living Wage here.
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Low-paid workers report sharp rise in ‘wage theft’
A recent report by Citizens Advice highlights the difficulties that some low-paid workers experience in getting the wages that they are owed. If you need help to obtain the money that you are owed by your employer please contact us.
You can find out more here.
Help with employment tribunal practice and procedure
A new service explaining the employment tribunal procedure and what to expect at the hearing is now available. The hour-long sessions take place at the Birmingham employment tribunal on the 13th floor, Centre City Tower, 7 Hill Street, Birmingham B5 4UU. The service is available to claimants and respondents. If you have made, or are considering making a claim, to the employment tribunal you can find out about the service here.
Revealed: how Sports Direct effectively pays below minimum wage
A recent investigation by the Guardian highlights working practices employed by Sports Direct that appear to show workers being paid bellow the minimum wage. Details of the report can be found here.