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Jul
22
2010

Sisters are doing it for themselves
#Employment

According to recent statistics published by Grazia Magazine, 1 in 3 women now earn more than their partners and are considered the main breadwinner in their family. A further 19% earn the same salary as their partner....

Jul
21
2010

Firefighter who complained about reclining chairs recieves £80,000 payout
#Employment

A Firefighter has received £80,000 in compensation after he was dismissed following complaints he raised that reclining chairs installed in his fire station were causing him severe back pain. The chairs were brought in to replace beds in Greater Manchester`s fire stations in 2006....

Jul
16
2010

Government focus on flexibility
#Employment

The Government is apparently planning to encourage employers to allow staff to work more flexibly in order to ease the transport congestion and held employees achieve a better work-life belance....

Jul
15
2010

A quick guide from Acas on the Equality Act 2010
#Employment

In case you have been asleep (or cannot keep up with when the government is going to implement the Act!) - the Equality Act is the next key legislative change in Employment law - it begins to become law in October 2010. As a result of the Act, employers may need to review and change their policies and practices on equal opportunities....

Jul
15
2010

If "pulling a sickie" was an Olympic sport, the GB team would sweep up the medals!
#Employment

A survey for Aon Consulting has revealed that one in five UK workers feigned an illness the last time they took a day off work sick. The UK was the worst performer in the survey compared to the rest of Europe!...

Jul
15
2010

Putting the final salary pension scheme out to pasture...
#Employment

According to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) the collective deficit of UK final-salary pension schemes widened in June. Not surprising given the extremely challenging times we are in. The downward trend is nothing new either and over the last decade we have seen scores of FTSE 100 employers closing their final salary schemes, initially to new recruits, and more lately for existing members....

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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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
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

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?...

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