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Sep
21
2012

Government Consultation: `Ending the employment relationship`
#Employment

Vince Cable has announced various consultations on employment law.  These proposed changes to employment law are part of the Government`s systematic review of employment law to reduce employment red tape and give firms more flexibility and confidence in managing their workforce.   BIS reports that these proposed reforms are most likely to benefit small businesses.    The consultations announced...

Sep
21
2012

The Government`s Response on the Effectiveness of TUPE ‘Call for Evidence`
#Employment

In November last year the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) called for evidence on the effectiveness of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE).   Following this, Clarkslegal held a round table discussion with various employers affected by TUPE to gather views and evidence on the questions raised by BIS.  Based on this discussion, we sub...

Sep
20
2012

Annual Employment Tribunal Statistics 2011/2012
#Employment

Today the Ministry of Justice has published the annyal Employement Tribunal and EAT statistics up to the 31 March 2012....

Sep
14
2012

Government to set up a hardship fund for London Metropolitan University students
#Immigration

The universities minister, David Willetts, has announced at the universities conference that the Government will set up a £2m hardship fund to help "legitimate overseas students" at London Metropolitan University, following the university`s sponsorship licence being revoked last month....

Sep
14
2012

EAT upholds re-engagement order following TUPE-related unfair dismissal
#Employment

The EAT has upheld a tribunal`s finding that two employees, who were dismissed for failing to agree to new terms (including a pay cut) following a TUPE transfer, were unfairly dismissed....

Sep
13
2012

When did you last review your employee records?
#Employment

This month a Scottish Council whose former employees` pension records were found in a paper recycle bank in a supermarket car park were fined £250,000 for the data breach. More than 600 files were found at the recycle bins, containing confidential information and, in a significant number of cases, salary and bank account details....

Sep
12
2012

Health and safety: less risk for your business?
#Employment

The Government has announced a range of legislative measures aimed at boosting UK business growth.  According to BIS, from April 2013 the Government intends to introduce new rules that will exempt hundreds of thousands of businesses from regular health & safety inspections. Only businesses operating in higher risk areas will face these inspections, such as those in construction and those who hav...

Sep
11
2012

Information Commission flexes muscles over Data Protection infringements
#Dispute Resolution

Since May 2011 the Information Commissioner`s Office (the "ICO") has had the power to issue Civil Monetary Penalties ("CMPs") of up to £500,000 for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act....

Sep
11
2012

Damages to increase by 10% in Civil Claims
#Dispute Resolution

1 April 2013 is an important date for lawyers. It is when the new rules on recovery of legal costs in legal proceedings are planned to come into force....

Sep
06
2012

Agency Workers Regulations reduces use of agency workers says CBI survey
#Employment

A survey, Facing the future: CBI/Harvey Nash employment trends survey 2012, carried out by the CBI and Harvey Nash, examines the impact of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 on businesses....

Sep
05
2012

Are your casual workers really employees? Make sure they have contracts.
#Employment

A recent case highlights the pitfalls of engaging casual staff without a written contract. Determining the employment status of causal workers is often difficult as the term suggests a relationship that is informal between the parties, with limited obligation on both sides. However casual workers will in some instances be considered to be providing their services under contracts of employment, despite working on an ad hoc basis and as such have more rights as employees. This would include the right to not be unfairly dismissed....

Sep
04
2012

Border Agency reviews refusal of licence following court challenge
#Employment

Clarkslegal has acted in helping to overturn a decision by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to refuse a Tier 2 licence under the Points Based System (PBS) to an educational establishment. The prospective sponsor liaised with the UKBA over several months to establish whether it could be granted a Tier 2 licence. Senior personnel at the UKBA unambiguously confirmed...

Sep
04
2012

Employer named for flouting the National Minimum Wage
#Employment

Since 1 January 2011, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have been able to name and shame by press release employers who fail to adhere to National Minimum Wage (NMW) law. Mrs Rita Patel has been named as the latest offender. Trading as Treena Professional Hair & Beauty, Mrs Patel neglected to pay £3,361.22 in arrears of the NMW to a former worker, following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which has resulted in HMRC enforcing the debt through the court....

Aug
31
2012

Are HR professionals consulted on business strategy?
#Employment

Not according to a recent survey. The survey (organised by PlusHR and undertaken by market research organisation, Redshift Research) has indicated that 75% of HR professionals are not included when business strategy is formulated. The research was conducted across 125 HR professionals, business owners, directors and line managers, from companies ranging in size from 10 to 1000+.  The aim of th...

Aug
30
2012

The barriers to progression for women: does the glass ceiling still exist?
#Employment

According to a survey of 1,000 working women conducted by Ernst & Young, the four main barriers to progression for women are:   Being too young or too old, with being too youngapparently the biggest barrier Lack of experience or qualifications Motherhood Lack of a female role model.   How can women overcome these barriers? Those surveyed identified the following main ways in whic...

Aug
30
2012

UKBA revokes London Metropolitan University`s sponsorship licence
#Immigration

London Metropolitan University has had its sponsorship licence revoked by the UK Border Agency, meaning it is now unable to sponsor and teach new and existing international students from outside the EU. The UKBA has apparently said it had "failed to address serious and systemic failings" and the latest audit revealed problems with 61% of files. The UKBA suspended the university`s Highly Trusted S...

Aug
30
2012

Employers to continue Olympic flexible working practices
#Employment

Research has been conducted into the after-thoughts of organisations that changed their working practices to try and alleviate the detrimental impact on their businesses and workforces during the Olympics.  The reports are positive and a large proportion of organisations that brought in flexible working schemes during the Olympics (e.g. working from home or altering working hours) will continue t...

Aug
23
2012

What hours do your summer students work? Tesco face £200,000 fine in visa breach
#Immigration

On 21st July 2012, the UK Border Agency identified a number of students working illegally in a Tesco warehouse. The students now face being removed from the UK. Overseas nationals who come to the UK on a student visa are permitted to work for up to 20 hours a week during term time. The number of hours the students are allowed to work depends on the level of course which the student has come to u...

Aug
23
2012

New ACAS guidance on making women on maternity leave redundant
#Employment

ACAS, in association with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has recently published a Good Practice Guide on Managing Redundancy for Pregnant Employees or those on Maternity Leave. This short handbook provides a useful checklist to ensure that employers manage the process fairly.  It describes the law on this area, and usefully applies it directly to scenario`s that may arise in the workp...

Aug
23
2012

Weak tribunal claims: claimant still inflicts "Rolls Royce" legal bill on employer
#Employment

It has recently been reported that Rolls Royce spent £300,000 defending claims of sex discrimination from a former employee who was suing the company for £135,000. Rolls Royce was successful in its defence with the claims being emphatically dismissed by the employment tribunal judge. Despite this, Rolls Royce only managed to recover around 3% of its costs from the claimant, the judge only being...

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