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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....

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....

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....

Jun
22
2010

More clarity on Equality Act
#Employment

Doubt over the implementation of the Equality Act arose last week when the Government Equalities Office (GEO) removed reference to October 2010 as the commencement date of the majority of the Equality Act 2010 from its website...

Jun
22
2010

2010 Budget - Key points
#Employment

The coalition government today announced it`s first budget. Here are the key points for businesses and the public sector....

Jun
21
2010

Two thirds of people want the default retirement age scrapped.
#Employment

A survey of 1,011 people carried out by Age UK found that two-thirds of people want the Government to abolish the rule that allows companies to force staff to retire at 65. Age UK was formed through the merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern....

Jun
18
2010

Football is more than just a game, but is it a religious or philosophical belief?
#Employment

As millions of supporters from around the globe ascend on South Africa for the 19th FIFA World Cup, you might be forgiven for likening the tournament to a religious pilgrimage. Given that the Employment Appeal Tribunal considers that an individual`s belief in man-made climate change is capable of being a "philosophical belief" for the purposes of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 ("the Regulations"), could a devout England supporter in the World Cup claim protection under the Regulations?...

Jun
18
2010

Experiencing a shortage of skills? Then look within.
#Employment

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has found in its latest survey that over 2 thirds (68%) of organisations have experienced recruitment difficulties. The Resourcing and Talent Planning survey also found that almost the same percentage (67%) were struggling to find employees with specialist talents....

Jun
17
2010

‘Draconian` child abuse vetting scheme cancelled
#Employment

The shocking murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman by school caretaker Ian Huntley in Soham in 2002 brought into public focus how people who work or volunteer with children are vetted. People who want to work or volunteer regularly with children or vulnerable adults were due to begin registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) next month as part of the first stage of creating a vetting database before it became compulsory to become registered. Employers would be legally required to check that new employees were registered. The scheme was intended to tighten rules to prevent unsuitable people from getting jobs which could bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults....

Jun
17
2010

Equality Act...so near but yet so far...
#Employment

Rumour is spreading like wildfire that the implementation date of the Equality Act may be later than the anticipated date of 1 October 2010 after the Government Equalities Office removed the October 2010 date from its website....

Jun
15
2010

Economy experiences growing pains
#Employment

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has released its prediction that the economy will expand by only 2.6% in 2011. This is down from the 3% to 3.5% estimate given in Labour`s last Budget....

Jun
14
2010

Health and Safety Review - don`t throw the baby out with the bath water
#Employment

For years there have been complaints about Health and Safety going mad. We have heard reports of children having to wear goggles to play conkers, garden gnomes being "moved on" by over enthusiastic councils. Many people will therefore welcome the Prime Minister`s announcement that Lord Young is to carry out a review of health and safety laws. The intention is to reintroduce an element of common sense and not overwhelm businesses with red tape....

Jun
11
2010

Simon Cowell being taken to Tribunal
#Employment

A former unsuccessful Britain`s Got Talent contestant is bringing legal action against Simon Cowell....

Jun
11
2010

Beware of the fake fit note!
#Employment

Just 2 months after they were introduced by the Government in an attempt to combat sickness absence, it appears that the fit new note is open to misuse....

Jun
11
2010

Employees ignorant of their contractual rights?
#Employment

Which? Legal Service surveyed 4,000 members of the British public, asking whether they had read their contracts of employment. Shockingly, 26% said they had only skim read their contracts, while 6% confessed they had not read them at all....

Jun
10
2010

Beware of the fake fit note
#Employment

Just 2 months after they were introduced by the Government in an attempt to combat sickness absence, it appears that the new fit note is open to misuse....

Jun
08
2010

Years of Unwanted Conduct
#Employment

In cases of constructive dismissal where an employer has committed a repudiatory breach of contract, an employee must not delay too long before resigning or it would be taken that the contract has been affirmed....

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