WorkLife: Redundancy

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Compensation limits to be increased from April

Compensation limits to be increased from April

As of 6 April 2017, there will be an increase in the compensation limits which Employment Tribunals can award and in other minimum awards payable under employment legislation.

Hello goodbye? Draft legislation published on changes to termination payments

Hello goodbye? Draft legislation published on changes to termination payments

As Geoffrey Richards reported the government started consultation on the tax/NIC treatment of termination payments in the summer of last year. A year later, its response has been published, along with draft legislation.  

Tax Treatment of Termination Payments – all change?

Tax Treatment of Termination Payments – all change?

If there’s one certainty around terminations, it is that the first £30,000 is payable tax free, right?  Assuming it’s a genuine ex gratia payment, non-contractual, etc etc?  Right – but maybe that’s about to change.  I’m not sure of the genesis behind this (though I suspect it probably isn’t as simple as giving ‘an employee certainty about the amount of money [they] will receive when they lose their job’ as the Foreword suggests), but the government is now consulting on ‘simplifying’ the tax...

Woolworths in Europe – the decision is in

Woolworths in Europe – the decision is in

The ECJ has today handed down its judgment in the Woolworths case, clarifying the term 'establishment' for the purposes of the collective consultation obligations when dealing with large scale redundancies.  For a detailed background to the litigation, please see our previous blog posts: Woolworths: judgement on collective redundancy consultation expected  and Advocate General’s Opinion on collective redundancy consultation published .

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