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Apr
07
2010

Budget 2010 - Key issues for HR
#Employment

Budget 2010 - Key issues for HR Confirmation that the government is considering scrapping the default retirement age or raising it - a final decision is expected in the summer. The national minimum wage will rise from the current £5.80 an hour in October by 2.2 per cent to £5.93 an hour....

Apr
06
2010

Whistle-blowing
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The EAT has held in the case of BP plc v Elstone, that a worker, in bringing a claim for whistle-blowing against its current employer, need not have been employed by them at the time of making the protected disclosure....

Apr
06
2010

Spring has Sprung! New legislation in force
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Change is in the air (as well as pollen!). No less than 8 new pieces of employment legislation are now in force as of 6 April 2010. Some will have a more immediate impact than others:...

Mar
30
2010

Knowledge of Discrimination
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In Taylor v XLN Telecom, it was confirmed that in assessing an award for injury to feelings there is no requirement for the employee to prove he had knowledge of the act of discrimination....

Mar
29
2010

Restructuring and redundancy
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Following on from the article "Trimming The Fat", the statement that "handling a restructure or any other form of cost-cutting exercise properly can go some way to help protect your reputation as a good employer and to maintain staff morale" is perhaps the most important thought to take away with you. Unfortunately, doing that properly doesn`t always come without financial outlay....

Mar
29
2010

Agency Workers Regulations - an overview
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The final form of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 ("the Regulations") was laid before Parliament on 21 January 2010. David Cameron has recently "prayed against" the Regulations to request that they be revoked, which will trigger a time-limited debate by Parliament and a ‘stand or fall` vote. There is no scope to amend the regulations during this process....

Mar
29
2010

Age discrimination survey
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Thank you to everyone who responded to Employmentbuddy`s recent survey on the default retirement age. The results made very interesting reading - 91% operate a normal retirement age, with 100% of these having a normal retirement age of 65....

Mar
29
2010

Separate Incidents of Discrimination
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In the case of Aziz v FDA, the Tribunal looked at whether separate acts of discrimination over different periods of time formed part of the same continuing act, in order for the various claims to be submitted in time....

Mar
29
2010

Mergers & Acquisitions - an opportunity to improve employee relations or pull off some krafty moves?
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Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) have been a current topic within HR and Employment Law for a long time now but the last ten years has seen far greater opportunities opening up for companies (including private equity funds etc) to make that "transforming" acquisition or merger with a rival which will deliver major financial benefits and enhance shareholder value. Of course it is a well known fact that more than 60% of mergers/acquisitions fail to achieve their planned objectives. One major contributory factor in this has been the failure to pay sufficient attention to the people aspect of this type of change....

Mar
29
2010

Trimming the fat - the HR perspective
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From an HR perspective, the immediate prospects as the country returns to growth, albeit very limited at present, seems to suggest more of the same. However making that assumption has long term consequences as the way staff are handled can lead to poor morale, lack of cooperation and potential staff turnover. It is certainly true that as we move into what hopefully will be a period of sustained growth, retaining top talent will be a critical success factor. This cannot be taken for granted. The emphasis needs to be on improving productivity as hopefully, export led increases in production become more widespread....

Mar
26
2010

Holiday Pay Case Referred
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The Working Time Regulations 1998 comes under the spotlight again in the case of British Airways Plc v Williams and Ors. The pilots in this case argued that they should have received flying allowances on top of their basic pay when on annual leave....

Mar
26
2010

Right to request time off for training
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From 6 April 2010 employees working for business with over 250 employees will be granted the right to request time off work to undertake study or training under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (‘the Act`). From 6 April 2011 this right will be extended all employees, regardless of the size of their employers business. The right does not apply to agency workers, school-age children, or young employees who qualify for a separate right to time off for training....

Mar
23
2010

Compensation - when is the cut-off point?
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It was established in the case of Wood v Mitchell SA Ltd, that tribunals should not generally take supervening ill health to be the cut-off point when estimating what loss an employee has suffered for the purposes of calculating compensation for unfair dismissal....

Mar
19
2010

Abandonment of Internal Procedures
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In the case of Sarkar v West London Mental Health Trust the employer decided to deal with several complaints received about an employee through its informal procedure, which was designed for conduct that did not amount to serious or gross offence....

Mar
19
2010

Vicarious liability for Employee`s actions
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When looking at whether an employer would be held vicariously liable for the actions of its employee, the Court of Appeal in the case of Maga v Trustees of Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church considered the test set out in the previous case of Lister v Hesley Hall Ltd....

Mar
17
2010

Entitlement to Legal Representation
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It is usually the case that companies conducting a disciplinary/grievance procedure only allow employees the right to be accompanied by either a trade union representative or a colleague....

Mar
17
2010

Time Limits Challenged
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There is a procedure in place for Tribunals to ensure that documents are sent out on the ‘date sent` stamped on it as this is presumed to be the date from which time limits will run....

Mar
17
2010

Holiday pay entitlement ....continues....
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Following the case of Stringer, the Tribunal in the case of Rawlings v The Direct Garage Door Company held that an employee was entitled to be paid for the holiday he had been unable to take during his period of long-term sickness absence....

Mar
16
2010

Employee Must Obey!
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The employer in the case of Dunn v AAH Ltd was entitled to terminate the employee`s contract on the grounds that it had been repudiated....

Mar
04
2010

Collective Consultations Still Apply
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Even though there may be special circumstances that apply where it could affect the timing of consultations under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, this does not preclude or excuse the employer`s obligation to consult....

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