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Apr
07
2010

Will fit notes reduce absence levels in the workplace?
#Employment

Only 22% of employers believe that the introduction of Statements of Fitness for Work, commonly known as "Fit Notes", will reduce levels of absence in their workplace. This was the finding of a survey of 1,400 private and public sector employers conducted by Kronos, the workforce management consultancy....

Apr
07
2010

BA accused of "union busting" by academics
#Employment

The withdrawal of valuable travel perks by BA for striking cabin crew and the hard hitting comments of Chief Executive Willie Walsh that once lost, they will never be restored, serve to confirm that the current industrial dispute appears to be rather different from previous disputes involving BA staff, including cabin crew. A group of 95 academics say in a letter to the Guardian that Willie Walsh`s actions and comments can only be explained as an attempt to "break" the union, something which BA strongly denies. UNITE say BA are victimising strikers for taking part in lawful industrial action and that they are taking legal advice, not for the first time in this dispute....

Apr
07
2010

Employers must consider whether Jobcentre vacancies can be advertised as available for flexible or part-time working
#Employment

The Government has released its response to the Family Friendly Taskforce report, which was published last month, noting that employers need more help realising the benefits of flexible working to their business....

Apr
06
2010

Spring has Sprung! New legislation in force
#Employment

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:...

Apr
06
2010

Community Infrastructure Levy - An Outline
#Inward Investment

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced in the Planning Act 2008 as a levy on development to provide funding for infrastructure to serve development across the area of the charging authority rather than the infrastructure directly required for that individual development. It replaces the proposal, at the Bill stage of the Act, to charge a tax on the increase in development value resulting from the grant of planning permission, to be called Planning Gain Supplement. Liability to CIL will derive from the grant of planning permission....

Apr
06
2010

Whistle-blowing
#Employment

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
01
2010

Budget 2010: Government announces £2bn Green Investment Bank
#Environment

Amongst other environmental measures, the star feature of the 2010 budget is the announcement of a £2bn Green Investment Bank (GIB). The environmental measures announced in the 2010 budget include:...

Apr
01
2010

2010 expected to be rebound year
#Environment

2010 looks to be a year of recovery for the global cleantech market. Both the public and private sectors are beginning to realise the potentially lucrative market opportunities that cleantech has to offer in the medium to long term....

Apr
01
2010

Government technology strategy shifting to hands-on approach
#Environment

It has long been the policy of the UK government that the market should be self regulating, with as little intervention as possible. This has also been true in supporting innovation in the environmental sector, although there are hints that this policy is starting to change. By contrast the US government has, through its federal stimulus and ARPA-E program, channelled millions of dollars into environmental start-ups. So much so that recently John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, stated that the government was now his favourite co-investor. Whilst government stimulus has undoubtedly supported many companies that were starved of credit as banks tried to counter the financial downturn, it has also skewed the market considerably....

Apr
01
2010

EU Emissions Trading Scheme underperforming?
#Environment

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), established in 2005 to accelerate climate change abatement by facilitating investment in environmental technologies, has underperformed in delivering its objectives due to instability of, and relatively low, carbon prices. This has resulted in inadequate investment being channelled into environmental technologies and services, an originally intended by-product of the scheme....

Mar
30
2010

Knowledge of Discrimination
#Employment

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

Agency Workers Regulations - an overview
#Employment

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

Trimming the fat - the HR perspective
#Employment

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
29
2010

Separate Incidents of Discrimination
#Employment

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?
#Employment

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

Restructuring and redundancy
#Employment

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

Age discrimination survey
#Employment

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
26
2010

Holiday Pay Case Referred
#Employment

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
#Employment

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
25
2010

Exemptions from Design & Access Statements for Planning Applications and other Amendments to the Town & Country Planning General Development Procedure Order
#Inward Investment

The latest GDPO Amendment Order which comes into force on 6 April 2010, in relation to England only, contains a variety of changes to the procedural arrangements...

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