SM&B’s weekly update includes:
• The EAT hold an employer has an active duty to afford a worker a 20-minute rest break and the entitlement will be ‘refused’ if working arrangements are put in place preventing a break being taken.
• An ET finds that comments linked to age, “teaching an old dog new tricks”, and religion, which concerned Muslim men, did not amount to harassment related to either protected characteristic.
• The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement confirmed that the National Living Wage will increase by 4.2% from £7.20 to £7.50 from April 2017 and set out changes to salary sacrifice and employee shareholder status schemes.
• A new Acas report includes six key recommendations that employers can adopt to have a more positive effect on employees’ mental health at work and create a better environment.