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Mar
11
2011

Lord Sugar says employers should be able to ask applicants about pregnancy and children
#Employment

Lord Sugar has said that laws banning employers from asking women about children and childcare plans during job interviews are counterproductive....

Mar
10
2011

Current Employment Tribunal system receives further criticism from employers
#Employment

A survey compiled by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development heaps more criticism on the current Employment Tribunal System....

Mar
09
2011

Female unemployment on the rise
#Employment

According to figures published by the TUC at the opening of the TUC Women`s Conference in Eastbourne this week, female unemployment has risen by 71,000 over the past year....

Mar
08
2011

BRC calls for support of retail businesses
#Employment

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has called for the Chancellor to assist retail business....

Mar
08
2011

Charlie Sheen fired from Two and a Half Men
#Employment

Actor Charlie Sheen has reportedly been fired from the hit US sitcom Two and a Half Men by Warner Bros Television....

Mar
07
2011

Overwhelming Yes in Wales Referendum
#Employment

On Friday 3rd March 2011, Wales voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Assembly being granted direct law-making powers. "To demand respect you must first display self-respect," said the Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones. "Today we have done just that."...

Mar
01
2011

Dismissed after being charged with murder but before being convicted
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It has been reported that a man dismissed after he had been charged with murder but before he had been convicted of the offence lost his unfair dismissal claim. Roger Kearney was dismissed by Royal mail in January 2010 and convicted in June 2010....

Feb
28
2011

Muffin eating did not justify dismissal
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The ET has held in Medhin v Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd t/a Restaurant Associates ET/2300304/10 that an employee who was dismissed for eating a muffin was unfairly dismissed....

Feb
25
2011

Dismissal for posting negative comments on Facebook held to be unfair
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In Stephens v Halfords plc ET/1700796/10 the Tribunal has held that an employee`s dismissal for posting negative comments on Facebook was unfair....

Feb
24
2011

Had it occurred to you that bankruptcy might be a consequence of losing a Tribunal claim?
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It has been reported that a former MP, Jim Devine, has been declared bankrupt after he failed to pay the compensation awarded by a Scottish Employment Tribunal in the sum of £35,000 to his ex Office Manager....

Feb
23
2011

Severe Consequences of Homophobic Banter in the Workplace
#Employment

The BBC reported dozens of stickers circulated around gay pubs in Shoreditch and outside a Whitechapel school, consisting of numerous homophobic messages (‘Gay Free Zone`) and a reference to the Islamic Koran to support it....

Feb
18
2011
Feb
17
2011

Right to request time off for training is not going to be extended to all employees
#Employment

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has just announced that the right to request time off for training is not going to be extended to all employees from April 2011....

Feb
16
2011

Government to launch review into workplace sickness absence
#Employment

The Government is to commission an independent review of workplace sickness absence. It is believed that Dame Carol Black, the Government`s national director for health and work and a former president of the Royal College of Physicians, is leading the review alongside David Frost, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)....

Feb
16
2011

More uncertainty over abolishing the default retirement age
#Employment

There is some uncertainty circulating regarding the transitional provisions abolishing the default retirement age, which are expected to be published later this week. There is some suggestion that the transitional provisions will provide for the default retirement age to survive until 6th April 2012 (not 30th September 2011 as previously thought), provided the employee has reached 65 on or before 30th September 2011. This may just mean that employees can work for an extra 6 months but all other requirements for issuing notice by 30 March 2011 etc stay the same? Or will this date now be 5 April 2011?...

Feb
15
2011

Army officers redundant by email
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It has been reported today that 38 warrant officers in the army have been told by email that they are to be made redundant. The officers, all of whom are said to have more than 22 years` service and one of whom is currently serving in Afghanistan, reportedly received an email giving them one year`s notice and telling them to "plan for their resettlement"....

Feb
14
2011

Start as you mean to go on
#Employment

For most Start Ups and SMEs, keeping abreast of ever changing employment laws can seem a daunting prospect. The time, energy and money needed getting to grips with all the potential legal pitfalls can be too much for most new businesses. So, why not avoid the pitfalls all together and start as you mean to go on....

Feb
09
2011

Racist email sent outside of work to personal address justified dismissal
#Employment

In Gosden v Lifeline Project Ltd ET/2802731/09 the ET has held that an employee who forwarded a racist email to a colleague from his personal computer to that employee`s personal computer was guilty of gross misconduct, entitling the employer to dismiss him when the email was forwarded on to other colleagues work email addresses....

Feb
04
2011

Are your employees happy?
#Employment

If the results of a recent survey are anything to go by, probably not! According to job site Monster.co.uk`s January Employment Index, three in four people are unhappy in their jobs and one in four have experienced workplace bullying. The Index is based on a survey of 2,600 people registered with Monster....

Feb
02
2011

Is being anti fox hunting a religious or philosophical belief?
#Employment

Former garden centre employee, Joe Hashman, thinks so and has sought to persuade the Employment Tribunal that it is. Mr Hashman alleges he was dismissed from employment in September 2009 a day after covert video footage he filmed helped convict celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright of attending an illegal hare coursing event. He claims his former employers are pro-hunting and that they sacked him for being an animal welfare activist. The garden centre denies his claims, insisting that his beliefs played no part in his dismissal and that he was dismissed because he was not making them enough money....

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