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Nov
30
2012

Cardiff Council clamps down on sick pay
#Employment

Businesses have always had issues with sickness absence, some more so than others, and Cardiff Council ("CC") has one of the biggest. CC employees managed an average of 11.49 days off in 2011/12, drastically higher than the UK average of 4.5 days. This absence resulted in huge losses to the authority: over £15 million in sick pay and over £1.5 million in hiring agency staff to cover the work. To...

Nov
29
2012

Definition of apprenticeship "stretched too far" warns report
#Employment

The BBC reported this week on the findings of the Richard Review on the future of apprenticeships in England published on 27 November 2012. Entrepreneur Doug Richard was asked to consider how to ensure that apprenticeships deliver high-quality training and the qualifications and skills that learners need. As successive governments have encouraged young people to consider apprenticeships instead...

Nov
29
2012

Charity drinks reception
#Clarkslegal

Clarkslegal would like to thank BMW for kindly hosting our third charity drinks reception of 2012, at their i-range showroom on London`s Park Lane, on Wednesday 21st November....

Nov
29
2012

Indian University plans to open a campus in London
#Immigration

A private Indian university has announced plans to open a campus for 15,000 foreign students in London. According to the Independent today, Amity University has said it hopes to attract the brightest students and academics from around the world to its new residential campus in the UK. It is understood that if the proposals go ahead the campus could cost up to £100 million. The plans have receive...

Nov
26
2012

Protection of Consumers in the Motor Trade
#Dispute Resolution #Automotive

One of the functions of the law is to protect consumers against businesses taking unfair advantage of them. The motor industry is no exception in this regard. There is a considerable amount of consumer legislation that is designed to give consumers a redress when they lose out due to unscrupulous business practices....

Nov
23
2012

No consultation but still a fair redundancy dismissal
#Employment

As a general rule a redundancy dismissal will be unfair if the employer has not undertaken a consultation with the employee prior to the dismissal.    However, in exceptional circumstances, an employer may be able to dismiss fairly in these circumstances if it can show that the consultation exercise would have been futile. This defence has recently been accepted by the EAT when it held that an e...

Nov
22
2012

Chelsea sacks interim manager
#Employment

Chelsea Football Club has controversially dismissed its interim manager, Roberto di Matteo, after he joined in March 2012.  In commenting upon this, the Club thanked Roberto "for all he has done for the club" including his input in the Champions League victory and a seventh FA Cup.  However, it said that the team's recent performances and results had not been good enough.   Rafa Benitez has bee...

Nov
22
2012

Definition of "short term duration" under TUPE
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has provided guidance on what is meant by a "task of short-term duration" when interpreting the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.   Background In Liddell`s Coaches -v- Cook and others UKEATS/0025/12 the EAT considered the Tribunal`s ruling that Mr Cook had not transferred to Abbey Coaches.    Mr Cook was employed as a driver...

Nov
16
2012

Spending cuts are affecting the health of UK workers, says TUC survey
#Employment

The top safety concerns cited this year by union safety reps in the TUC's tenth biennial survey this year were stress, bullying and harassment, problems relating to being overworked and violence and intimidation.   The TUC believes that these concerns are down to rising fears of insecurity and unease felt in the UK workforce due to spending cuts.   Safety reps in the TUC survey also raised co...

Nov
16
2012

Boris Johnson and CBI Director General, John Cridland attack Government`s immigration policy
#Employment

Boris Johnson and John Cridland have attacked the Government`s immigration policy as a block to economic growth. They are joined by the Chancellor, George Osborne who is urging the Home Secretary, Theresa May to steamline the bureaucracy surrounding immigration. Mr Cridland stepped up his criticism, asking the Prime Minister to scrap the net migration target which was badly hitting the Higher Ed...

Nov
16
2012

New `employee owner` contracts - confusion to follow?
#Employment

The Law Society commented this week that the proposed new ‘employer owner` status will create confusion....

Nov
13
2012

BNP member should have been protected against unfair dismissal
#Employment

This was the effective decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Redfearn -v- United Kingdom (judgment given on 6 November 2012)....

Nov
13
2012

The Government to unveil plans for flexible parental leave today
#Employment

Following on from our article on flexible parental leave, Nick Clegg is today expected to announce the Government`s plans for a fully flexible system of parental leave which should come into effect in 2015. The plans would allow new mothers to return to work two weeks after childbirth and share the rest of their maternity leave with their partner, and follow the Government`s consultation on exten...

Nov
12
2012

Abandoning the net migration target
#Immigration

Amid growing pressures within the Government, David Cameron met with the Home Secretary Theresa May in late October to see if the net migration target could gracefully be abandoned....

Nov
09
2012

Use of devices at work: ACAS recognises need for guidance on "bring your own" policy
#Employment

ACAS has recently published limited guidance in relation to bringing your own device to work policies, or ‘BYOD` for short.  Such a policy essentially covers the use of personal mobile phones and computers etc in the office or for work purposes.  Although this has its advantages, it could also throw up a number of problems for both employers and employees....

Nov
08
2012

TUPE - When there will be no service provision change?
#Employment

Regulation 3(1)(b) of TUPE provides employment protection to employees where there is a change of service provision.  It applies where a client contracts out of services, or takes it back in-house, or transfers the service from one provider to another....

Nov
05
2012

A "living wage" - Labour`s plans
#Employment

The Labour Party has announced that it wants to see employers paying employees a "living wage", which is higher than the national minimum wage.  The proposed living wage is £8.30 per hour for those working in London and £7.20 per hour for those working elsewhere.  This compares to the current hourly minimum wage of £6.19 for those over 21 years of age.   Labour has announced this as part of...

Nov
05
2012

Chambers and Partners results
#Clarkslegal

Chambers and Partners have announced their latest rankings, with outstanding feedback again for Clarkslegal...

Nov
02
2012

Fathers may be able to take 12 months "maternity" leave in parental leave shake up.
#Employment

Have you started to consider how to cope with the "Modern Workplaces" proposals made by the government which may come in force in 2015? These proposals would allow working mothers and fathers to share 34 weeks of "flexible parental leave" following a reduced 18 week maternity leave period for the mother....

Nov
02
2012

Infection-prone condition: Is it a disability?
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently overturned a Tribunal`s decision that a claimant diagnosed with Selective IgA Deficiency had a disability (Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust -v- Norris).  Selective IgA Deficiency is a defect of the immune system, the usual symptoms of which are that people may suffer from recurrent diarrhoea and upper respiratory infections.    Miss Norris bro...

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