In the latest XpertHR Outlook video, I ask managing editor Jo Stubbs some tricky employment law questions sent in by XpertHR customers on issues including redundancy pay, maternity, TUPE and the age discrimination regulations.
XpertHR FAQs discussed in this video
The full answers to the questions discussed are available in the XpertHR FAQ section:
- Where an employee is made redundant shortly before the annual increase in the limit of a week's pay, but is paid in lieu of notice, which limit should be used to calculate his or her redundancy payment?
- Where a redundancy will take effect before a woman goes on maternity leave is she entitled to preferential treatment with regard to being offered suitable alternative employment?
- Where a job applicant is currently on maternity leave and would not wish to start the new role until the end of her maternity leave can the potential employer reject her application for this reason?
- Can keeping-in-touch days be taken as half days?
- Are the 10 keeping-in-touch days during maternity and adoption leave pro-rated for part-time employees?
- Is there any obligation on employers to increase the holiday entitlement of TUPE-transferred staff to match that of their existing workforce?
- Where the transferor paid a particular mileage rate to transferred employees, is the transferee obliged to continue to pay them at this rate even though it is higher than its normal rate?
- Under the age discrimination legislation is an employer prevented from using job titles including the words "senior" and "junior"?
See the video page on the main XpertHR site for Jo's selection of related FAQs on these topics.
Previous videos in the series
In the previous XpertHR outlook video XpertHR's pay and benefits editor Sheila Attwood and I discussed forecasts for pay trends in 2009 and examined the main influences on remuneration, including continuing recession, competitive pressures, rising unemployment and falling inflation.
The second video was on the employment law outlook for 2009, focusing on the repeal of the statutory dispute resolution procedures expected in April and the new Acas code on disciplinary and grievance procedures.
The first in the series was on HR in the recession. In that video, Jo Stubbs and I discuss the role of HR in the economic downturn, looking at forecasts for the economy and labour market and asking how human resources professionals can add value in organisations facing the toughest trading conditions for many years.