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Apr
02
2012

Statutory Retirement cases not yet a thing of the past
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The Court of Appeal has now heard the appeal in the case of R&R Plant (Peterborough) Ltd v Bailey and has upheld the EAT`s decision from last year....

Mar
30
2012

Employmentbuddy App
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Employmentbuddy, our online employment law resource has just launched a smart phone App, based on our Employment Law Facts & Figures brochure....

Mar
29
2012

Employmentbuddy App is launched
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Employmentbuddy is delighted to announce the launch of the Employmentbuddy App You can simply click on the following links to download the respective app for your mobile device: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch App: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/employmentbuddy/id511309045?ls=1&mt=8 Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.employmentbuddy.app   BlackBerry App: http://appworl...

Mar
29
2012

Draft Bill which suspends Sunday Trading Laws during Olympics and Paralympics has its first Reading in House of Lords
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The proposed Sunday Trading Bill, which will suspend Sunday Trading Laws during London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games had its first reading in the House of Lords today....

Mar
29
2012

London 2012 and beyond
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In recent weeks details of the Olympic Torch Relay have been announced and the Team GB kit has been launched....

Mar
29
2012

Changes to the Immigration Rules - April 2012
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A number of changes to the Immigration Rules have been announced this month, many of which will come into effect on 6 April 2012. However, some of the changes to the Tier 2 category will affect those who were granted a Tier 2 visa on or after 6 April 2011. A summary of the key changes is set out below.   Changes to Tier 1 (High Value Migrants)   Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) route will close to ne...

Mar
28
2012

Court of Appeal considers whether cost considerations can justify discrimination
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In Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust the Court of Appeal upheld the view of the tribunal that a redundancy dismissal, of which the purpose was to avoid the cost of an enhanced pension if the employee was still employed at the age of 50, was justified age discrimination....

Mar
28
2012

Deaf diplomat `forced to quit` after Foreign Office refused to pay for £500,000 lip reader
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Jane Cordell who is deaf had been employed as a diplomat by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a decade. In 2010 she was offered a posting as an ambassador in Kazakhstan but the FCO subsequently withdrew the offer because a lip reader was too expensive....

Mar
27
2012

Abandoning Claims at the Tribunal
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In Segor v Goodrich Actuation Systems the EAT considered how a tribunal must approach the scenario where a party seems to be seeking to withdraw, abandon or concede part of their case. The EAT  has concluded that this must be considered very carefully....

Mar
27
2012

Work related stress set to rise according to European workers
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According to results from the 2nd European Opinion Poll on Occupational Safety and Health on behalf of the European Agency for Safety and Health and Work, work related stress is a major concern for employees across Europe.  80% of workers taking part in the survey believe there will be an increase in the number of employees suffering from work related stress over the next five years.  According...

Mar
22
2012

HMRC publishes guidance on Dual Contract Arrangements
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Guidance on Dual Contract Arrangements has been published by HMRC....

Mar
21
2012

Budget 2012
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The key Employment related points from George Osborne`s 2012 Budget are:...

Mar
21
2012

Marital Discrimination
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In Hawkins v Atex Group, the EAT ruled that it is not unlawful discrimination on the grounds of marital status if a spouse is dismissed due to being married to a particular person.  However, the dismissal would be unlawful if the ground for the less favourable treatment was specifically due to the marriage, as opposed to a close relationship which takes the form of marriage. Mrs Hawkins was empl...

Mar
19
2012

National Minimum Wage Rates 2012/13
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The Government has announced the 2012/13 National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates, which will come into effect on 1 October 2012: The adult rate will increase by 11p to £6.19 an hour The rate for 18-20 year olds will remain at £4.98 an hour The rate for 16-17 year olds will remain at £3.68 an hour The rate for apprentices will increase by 5p to £2.65 an hour and The accommodation offset wil...

Mar
15
2012

Government seeks views on dismissal rules
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The government has today announced proposals to examine workplace dismissal procedure for small businesses with a publication of a Call for Evidence. The government are seeking views from employers, employees and interested parties on two measures....

Mar
14
2012

How often are hearings postponed? Statistics on postponement
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Tribunals in England and Wales now have a policy of listing standard unfair dismissal claims for a one day hearing within 16 weeks of issue by the Employment Tribunal....

Mar
13
2012

Changing provisions of a fixed term contract when entering into a permanent contract: Terms must not be unfavourable
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The recent ECJ decision of Martial Huet v Universite de Bretagne Occidentale has held that where a fixed term contract is converted into a permanent contract the terms and conditions do not need to be identical....

Mar
12
2012

Relocation of 6 miles - A substantial change to employees` material detriment?
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In the recent case of Abellio London v CentreWest London Buses, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a relocation of 6 miles as a result of TUPE transfer was a substantial change in bus drivers` working conditions to their material detriment....

Mar
07
2012

Redundancy: Pool of One
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A debate has arisen as to under what circumstances an employment tribunal should interfere with the pool for selection chosen by an employer. The EAT confirmed the answer was "rarely" in the case of Halpin v Sandpiper Books.  In this case Sandpiper Brooks employed Mr Halpin in its London office as an Administrator/Analyst.  They then moved Mr Halpin to work in a sales role in China.  After some...

Mar
07
2012

Barring Order deemed inappropriate for former employee
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The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court`s decision to refuse a "barring order", which would have preventing a former employee from being involved in the commercial relationship between her new employer and her ex-employer. The Claimant was employed by CLS to manage their logistics centre. Although her contract of employment did not contain any post termination restrictive covenants prevent...

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