During the past three years, over 5,000 public sector employees have been suspended on full pay AND the true figure could be more!
According to a recent investigation, over the last three years, around £46 million of taxpayer’s money has been spent on public sector employees who have been suspended on full pay.
ITV’s Tonight programme, discovered that over 5,000 public sector members of staff were suspended on full pay during this time period within our NHS trusts, police forces and county councils across England and Wales AND this figure could be a lot higher, as less than half of these public sector’s provided the programmes researchers with complete answers to freedom of information questions.
The investigation found that in a number of cases, some employees were suspended for over a year and one individual was suspended for nearly three years.
Of those suspended for over one year, nineteen were NHS workers, costing the taxpayer over £1 million and fourteen were police officers, also costing the taxpayer around £1m.
Alarmingly, the most costly individual case that was reported concerned a police inspector, who was suspended for over two years but still received £120,000 in pay.
The programme was told by workplace dispute experts, that suspension on full pay is more often than not used as a way of avoiding an Employment Tribunal case, which could result in an expensive compensation pay out.
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Employment law changes will come into effect at the beginning of April
Last week we outlined four major employment law changes that are to be introduced in April 2016. This week we bring you four more important changes that will effect employers and employees across the UK.
1) The government is expected to introduce new public-sector exit payment recovery regulations in April 2016 but this is not yet definite as the government is still in process of analysing consultation feedback.
However, if the regulations go ahead, high-earning (£80,000+) public-sector employees will be required to repay exit payments (voluntary exit payments, redundancy payments, early retirement/pension payments) if they return to work in the public-sector within 12 months.
2) Employers who provide a certificate of sponsorship for a skilled worker to come to the UK from abroad must pay tier 2 workers a minimum salary of £35,000 from April 6, 2016.
3) The government will introduce a financial penalty system for employers who do not pay the full compensation award or Acas settlement sum to successful tribunal claimants. The penalty will be 50% of the outstanding amount, with a minimum penalty of £100 and a maximum of £5,000.
4) The final point of which employers and employees should be aware, is that there will be no change made to statutory sick pay rates and statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay rates in April 2016. These pay rates will remain the same as April 2015.
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