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Apr
17
2012

Recent employment law changes do not apply in Northern Ireland
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Following our recent blog highlighting the Employment law changes coming into effect in April 2012, employers should be aware that both the increase to the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from one to two years for new joiners and the changes to employment tribunal practice and procedure apply to England, Wales and Scotland and do not have effect in Northern Ireland....

Apr
16
2012

Respondent successful in cost application and EAT agrees
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In most cases in the Tribunal costs orders are the exception rather than the rule, unlike other areas of litigation where the general rule is that costs follow the event and the unsuccessful litigant normally has to foot the legal bill for the litigation....

Apr
16
2012

Australian Code rules for small employers?
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Some key changes to the law on unfair dismissal and tribunal procedure came into effect on 6 April 2012 for all employers in England, Scotland and Wales, in particular the increase in the qualifying period of employment from one to two years in order to bring a claim of unfair dismissal....

Apr
12
2012

Tier 2 Immigration Changes
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The Government announced last week further changes to the Immigration Rules in response to the MAC recommendations made in their report on the ‘Limit on Tier 2 (General) for 2012/13 and Associated Policies` published in February 2012.   Please see below for a summary of the three changes to the Tier 2 route.   1)     Restricted COS Annual limit   The annual limit of 20,700 Tier 2 (General)...

Apr
11
2012

Equal pay and productivity bonuses: Court of Appeal upholds EAT decision in Sunderland litigation
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In Sunderland v Brennan and another the Court of Appeal held that the EAT had correctly ruled on the question of whether the employer had established a "genuine material factor" (GMF) defence, in the Sunderland equal pay litigation....

Apr
04
2012

Immigration: Increase in Visa Fees
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From 6 April 2012 the UK Border Agency will be increasing visa fees for applications made outside and inside the UK. In addition, PBS sponsors under Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 routes will find fees for Certificate of Sponsorships/ Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies and sponsor licence applications increasing....

Apr
03
2012

Employment law changes coming into effect in April 2012
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The following changes came into force on 6 April 2012....

Apr
03
2012

Apprenticeships to last for a new minimum of 12 months
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Skills Minister John Hayes has announced a minimum duration of 12 months for all apprenticeships, guaranteeing improvements in training and workplace learning....

Apr
02
2012

When is the obligation to collectively consult triggered?
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In the case of the United States of America v Nolan, the Advocate General considered when the obligation to consult workforce representatives arises in the context of a collective redundancy....

Apr
02
2012

Statutory Retirement cases not yet a thing of the past
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The Court of Appeal has now heard the appeal in the case of R&R Plant (Peterborough) Ltd v Bailey and has upheld the EAT`s decision from last year....

Mar
30
2012

Employmentbuddy App
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Employmentbuddy, our online employment law resource has just launched a smart phone App, based on our Employment Law Facts & Figures brochure....

Mar
29
2012

Employmentbuddy App is launched
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Employmentbuddy is delighted to announce the launch of the Employmentbuddy App You can simply click on the following links to download the respective app for your mobile device: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch App: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/employmentbuddy/id511309045?ls=1&mt=8 Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.employmentbuddy.app   BlackBerry App: http://appworl...

Mar
29
2012

Draft Bill which suspends Sunday Trading Laws during Olympics and Paralympics has its first Reading in House of Lords
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The proposed Sunday Trading Bill, which will suspend Sunday Trading Laws during London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games had its first reading in the House of Lords today....

Mar
29
2012

London 2012 and beyond
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In recent weeks details of the Olympic Torch Relay have been announced and the Team GB kit has been launched....

Mar
29
2012

Changes to the Immigration Rules - April 2012
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A number of changes to the Immigration Rules have been announced this month, many of which will come into effect on 6 April 2012. However, some of the changes to the Tier 2 category will affect those who were granted a Tier 2 visa on or after 6 April 2011. A summary of the key changes is set out below.   Changes to Tier 1 (High Value Migrants)   Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) route will close to ne...

Mar
28
2012

Court of Appeal considers whether cost considerations can justify discrimination
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In Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust the Court of Appeal upheld the view of the tribunal that a redundancy dismissal, of which the purpose was to avoid the cost of an enhanced pension if the employee was still employed at the age of 50, was justified age discrimination....

Mar
28
2012

Deaf diplomat `forced to quit` after Foreign Office refused to pay for £500,000 lip reader
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Jane Cordell who is deaf had been employed as a diplomat by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a decade. In 2010 she was offered a posting as an ambassador in Kazakhstan but the FCO subsequently withdrew the offer because a lip reader was too expensive....

Mar
27
2012

Abandoning Claims at the Tribunal
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In Segor v Goodrich Actuation Systems the EAT considered how a tribunal must approach the scenario where a party seems to be seeking to withdraw, abandon or concede part of their case. The EAT  has concluded that this must be considered very carefully....

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