The Acas Code of practice provides two options for the treatment of overlapping grievance and disciplinary issues. It states that: ‘where an employee raises a grievance during a disciplinary process the disciplinary process may be temporarily suspended in order to deal with the grievance. Where the grievance and disciplinary cases are related it may be appropriate to deal with both issues concurrently’.
A procurement procedure held by the Publications Office of the European Union was challenged by an unsuccessful tenderer, ‘European Dynamics’. The three pleas submitted to the General Court (‘the Court’) were: ‘infringement of the obligation to state reasons’; ‘infringement of the specifications’; ‘the introduction of new award criteria and the existence of manifest errors of assessment’.
In a recent case, an Employment Appeal Tribunal found no basis for arguing that it would be a reasonable adjustment to disregard an employee's final written warning. It was not convinced that the ‘mental process of disregarding a warning is a “step”’ for the purposes of section 20(3) of the Equality Act 2010.
On 16 October 2014, the Tax-Free Childcare draft guidance was published. The Tax-Free Childcare scheme, introduced by the Childcare Payments Bill 2014-15, is designed to replace current employer supported childcare schemes. In March’s budget, it was confirmed that the New Scheme will be launched in autumn 2015. Responses to the consultation must be sent to HMRC by 15 December 2014.
The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 and The Statutory Shared Parental Pay (General) Regulations 2014 have been published and will come into force on 1 December 2014. As reported in issue 58, Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) will be available to qualifying parents whose baby is due, or whose adoptive child is matched or placed for adoption, on or after 5 April 2015.