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Feb
13
2012

Draft order increasing the qualifying period for unfair dismissal to 2 years
#Employment

Following our previous blog announcing proposals to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from 1 year to 2 years, the draft Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 2012 has now been published....

Feb
10
2012

Maximum Employment Tribunal deposit to increase from £500 to £1000
#Employment

If an employment judge considers that all or part of a claim (or response) has little reasonable prospect of success, the judge can order the party in question, under the Employment Tribunal Rules, to pay a deposit of up to £500 as a condition of being permitted to take further part in the proceedings....

Feb
09
2012

CIPD publishes Apprenticeships that work: a guide for employers
#Employment

The CIPD has published Apprenticeships that work: a guide for employers as a one-stop-shop for employers looking to offer apprenticeships....

Feb
07
2012

Apprenticeships Week 2012
#Employment

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced a new round of Government funding to support thousands of apprenticeships and help deliver the world class skills firms need to drive growth...

Feb
06
2012

Employee or Independent Contractor?
#Employment

Employment contracts often label the employment status of a worker as either "employee" or "independent contractor".  The main difference between the two being that employees have greater protection under employment laws and the employer is responsible for deducting PAYE and class 1 national insurance contributions....

Feb
06
2012

England coach Fabio Capello may have breached his contract by expressing his views on John Terry being demoted as captain.
#Employment

Reports on the BBC Website today say that Fabio Capello may be in breach of his contract having expressed to Italian TV Channel RAI that he found the FA`s decision to force Terry to step down as Captain unfair....

Feb
02
2012

West end stars of Legally Blonde row over right to return from maternity leave
#Employment

It is a subject which has caused much debate over the past few days, and has led to a number of "twitter wars" breaking out....

Feb
01
2012

Can a fixed share equity partner be an employee?
#Employment

In Tiffin v Lester Aldridge LLP Mr Tiffin was a fixed-share partner in Lester Aldridge LLP. When Mr Tiffin was dismissed in February 2009, Mr Tiffin brought claims in the Employment Tribunal ("ET") and in doing so sought to establish that he was an employee....

Feb
01
2012

Will you keep your New Year resolutions?
#Employment

No chocolate, go to the gym etc etc etc ......How about trying some HR ones instead!...

Feb
01
2012

Tribunal Award Limit Changes 1 February 2012
#Employment

With effect from today, the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases from £68,400 to £72.300.Other changes coming into force today include:-  The limit on the amount of a week`s pay for statutory redundancy payments and the basic award for unfair dismissal will increase from £400 to £430 an increase in the maximum amount of a guarantee payment payable to an employee from £22....

Feb
01
2012

Collective Redundancy: Definition of Establishment
#Employment

Former employees of Woolworths have successfully brought an action for its failure to inform and consult, in connection with a collective redundancy procedure....

Jan
30
2012

Third party harassment must relate to a protected characteristic
#Employment

Clarkslegal LLP was instructed to act on one of the first employment tribunal cases concerning third party harassment....

Jan
30
2012

Tribunal finds traffic warden WAS unfairly dismissed
#Employment

At the start of January buddy blogged about a traffic warden who had brought a claim of unfair dismissal after he was allegedly dismissed for refusing to issue the public with excessive amounts of tickets....

Jan
27
2012

Please ignore this is a test - Regional Mediation Networks Pilot Scheme for SMEs
#Employment

please ignore this.... The Employment Relations Minister, Edward Davey, has this week announced a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks, in Cambridge and Manchester, to be set up for small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs").  As part of this scheme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ("BIS"), will fund mediation training for employees from 24 SMEs in each pilot ar...

Jan
26
2012

New timetable for Pensions Auto-Enrolment published
#Employment

As outlined in a buddy blog late last year, the Department for Work and Pensions planned to amendthe timetable for auto-enrolment into pension schemes. Yesterday the new timetable (set out below) was published....

Jan
25
2012

Cable to tackle executive pay issue
#Employment

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has this week announced a package of measures to try to curb excessive pay for executives....

Jan
25
2012

Redundancies and Suitable Alternative Employment
#Employment

The case of Readman v Devon Primary Care Trust has illustrated that an employee is said to act reasonably in refusing an offer of suitable alternative employment where the Employment Tribunal correctly concludes that a reasonable employee would have accepted the employer`s offer....

Jan
24
2012

Regional Mediation Networks Pilot Scheme for SMEs
#Employment

The Employment Relations Minister, Edward Davey, has this week announced a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks in Cambridge and Manchester, to be set up for small and medium-sized enterprises...

Jan
23
2012

Unfair Dismissal Qualifying Period
#Employment

In November we confirmed that the Conservative government would increase the qualifying period to bring an unfair dismissal claim from one year to two years, from 6 April 2012...

Jan
19
2012

Can a tribunal hearing be adjourned for ill health?
#Employment

In the Employment Tribunal (ET) case O`Cathail v Transport for London, the Claimant had applied for an adjournment of his tribunal hearing on the grounds of ill health....

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