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Jul
09
2010

BBC give Bleakley the boot from the One Show
#Employment

The BBC has asked Christine Bleakley, current girlfriend of footballer Frank Lampard, not to return to her role presenting The One Show when it returns to TV screens next week. Despite asking her not to return to work, the BBC has reportedly refused to end her contract early, effectively placing her on garden leave until her contract expires, believed to be September this year....

Jul
07
2010

The Coalition Government: Employment Implications
#Employment

On 20 May 2010, the new Coalition Government published its Coalition Agreement, setting out key policy plans. The plans are stated as being based on central principles of "freedom, fairness and responsibility" and cover a breadth of issues from banking to immigration....

Jul
07
2010

Mediation - What`s So Special?
#Employment

In 2009, a new ACAS code was published encouraging the use of mediation for workplace conflict. On top of this, the Ministry of Justice has recently published a long report by a very experienced Appeal Court Judge because of real concerns over the high cost of litigation and access to justice through the courts....

Jul
07
2010

The numbers are in! ET statistics for 2009/10
#Employment

The Employment Tribunal Annual Statistics for 2009/10 have now been published. Key figures are as follows:...

Jul
07
2010

Countdown to October...
#Employment

The government has announced that the implementation of the Equality Act will start (as planned by the previous Labour Government) on 1 October 2010. Implementation will be in stages and further information as to which provisions will come into force when, is expected in the next week or so....

Jul
07
2010

Offside During the World Cup
#Employment

Since Friday June 11th, the World Cup has been a potential cause for concern for employers. Fans have travelled to the other side of the world to support their home countries and plans are set in place for the games to be watched over a whole month....

Jul
06
2010

The importance of clear policies
#Employment

In Charlton v Orange PCS Ltd ET/2513166/09 the Tribunal has held (in a majority verdict) that a manager who allegedly attempted to touch a male colleague`s genitals at a work related social event, was fairly dismissed for gross misconduct. This was despite him having worked for the employer for 9 years and having an unblemished disciplinary record until that point in time....

Jul
05
2010

Warning results in costs
#Employment

Parties in employment tribunal cases usually pay their own costs regardless of whether they are successful or not, unlike civil courts. Although costs can be ordered in the tribunal, they have traditionally been relatively rare....

Jul
05
2010

Reward for Failure
#Employment

Public sector organisations are more susceptible to public scrutiny and need to account for significant decisions made or catastrophes that arise. A high profile case surrounding the outbreak of a superbug in hospitals was recently heard in the Court of Appeal....

Jul
05
2010

Procedure for Fresh Evidence
#Employment

The employee in the case of Adegbuji v Meteor Parking Ltd failed in his appeal against the tribunal`s decision to dismiss his claim on the basis of fresh evidence. The employee in this case had brought a number of claims including unfair dismissal, breach of contract and race discrimination. The employer challenged whether the tribunal had jurisdiction to hear some of the claims as the employee had not raised a grievance in respect of his claims....

Jul
05
2010

When was the Resignation?
#Employment

Can a resignation be effective from the date when a conditional letter of resignation is handed in?...

Jul
05
2010

Fatalities at work reduce
#Employment

According to the HSE`s annual data, the number of people killed at work in the UK last year declined to a record low of 151 workers between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010. This is down on the number of deaths in the previous year of 178. Of these deaths, 23 were in Scotland, 26 fewer than in 2008-09. Whilst these figures are encouraging, the HSE has stated that the reductions may have been a result of the smaller number of people in employment during the recession....

Jul
05
2010

Non-lawyers Advice
#Employment

Advice passing from solicitor to client regarding the proceedings of a case is generally protected under litigation privilege and/or legal privilege and therefore does not have to be disclosed. However is the same protection afforded, if advice has been sought from a non-legal professional?...

Jul
05
2010

Health & Safety Alert
#Employment

There has been a lot of publicity in the press lately about employers being found guilty of breaching health & safety standards and being fined colossal amounts - enough to bring some companies into liquidation....

Jul
02
2010

Any employment law you want to abolish?
#Employment

The public is being invited by the government to nominate laws they want to abolish by proposing ways to get rid of pointless regulation and red tape on the Your Freedom website. Another exercise on the site asks public sector workers where the cuts should come....

Jul
02
2010

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I`ll begin
#Employment

When you were younger, was your mum always telling you to sit up straight? Well it turns out her advice may have been wrong. Research carried out at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen has utilised MRI technology to show that sitting upright in your chair is actually bad for office workers as it places an unnecessary strain on your back....

Jun
28
2010

Immigration cuts on the way
#Employment

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, today gave details of the Conservative Party`s manifesto pledge to cap non-EU immigration. A temporary cap will be implemented straight away pending the introduction of the main cap in April 2011....

Jun
25
2010

Comply with National Minimum Wage requirements, or else!
#Employment

Thirteen room attendants working at a five-star London hotel , operated by Park Plaza Hotels, have won back pay and compensation after following an investigation undertaken by the BBC programme Newsnight, it emerged they were being paid below minimum wage....

Jun
25
2010

Expensive scapegoat...
#Employment

Rose Gibb, the former Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has succeeded with her breach of contract claim against the Trust recovering more than £190,000 in damages. The Court of Appeal`s judgment included scathing criticisms of the Trust`s approach and the involvement of the former Government in relation to the hospital bug crisis which led to the deaths of 90 patients (including the mother in law of former Bucks Fizz singer, Cheryl Baker)....

Jun
24
2010

Is the default retirement age past its sell-by date?
#Employment

Chancellor, George Osbourne, confirmed in Tuesday`s Budget that the coalition government will start to consult on how to remove the default retirement age (DRA) from April 2011....

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