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Sep
13
2010

Equality Act Discrimination Questionnaires now available
#Employment

Employees who suspect that their employer has discriminated against, harassed or victimised them, or believe that they have not received equal pay, can use questionnaires to ask their employer about their treatment. Two forms are available. One for asking questions regarding discrimination involving equal pay, the second for all other issues. Response forms for employers have also been published....

Sep
10
2010

Company`s use of lap dancing clubs amounted to sex discrimination
#Employment

The recent ET case of Furlong v BMC Software Ltd ET/2701283/09 is a good example of why employers should ensure employees and agents receive training regarding equal opportunities and anti discrimination law....

Sep
10
2010

Who is Top Gear`s the Stig? Not Ben Collins anymore after he is allegedly sacked by the BBC
#Employment

The identity of Top Gear`s masked tame racing driver, the ‘Stig` has been one of the best kept secrets in TV history. Well until the last few weeks anyway when he was unmasked as Ben Collins, who has competed in various forms of motor sport such as Formula Three, Indy Lights ,sportscars, GT racing and stock cars....

Sep
10
2010

Time off work for Eid ul-Fitr and Jewish festivals?
#Employment

With Eid ul-Fitr and Jewish New Year upon us, and with more religious festivals coming up over the next few weeks, employers and employees may wonder if followers are entitled to time off work to celebrate....

Sep
09
2010

Britney Spears sued for harassment by former bodyguard
#Employment

Fernando Flores has accused Britney of repeatedly parading around naked and having sex in front of him....

Sep
09
2010

150 hospital workers win their equal pay claims
#Employment

The Newcastle Chronicle has today reported that the female workers, employed by Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at Newcastle`s Royal Victoria Infirmary, were found to have been paid significantly lower wages compared with male workers carrying out comparable jobs....

Sep
07
2010

More good news for jobseekers as job opportunities fail to take their usual summer holiday
#Employment

Recriutment specialists Reed have published their monthly Job Index for the Month of August 2010 and the results are positive. Each month the Reed Job Index tracks the number of new job opportunities on offer compared to the previous month and against a baseline of 100 set in December last year. The Index is based on data from the UK`s largest recruitment website, reed.co.uk....

Sep
07
2010

ET Claims double in 2010.
#Employment

In the 12 months from 1 April 2009, 236,100 workers brought claims to tribunal - up 56% from 151,000 in the previous year and three times the numbers of the late 1990s, according to the Tribunal`s Service. Including the number of multiple claims filed, which rose by almost 90% compared to the 2008-09 figures, the total number of claims reached 392,800....

Sep
06
2010

Are Twinings brewing trouble?
#Employment

Twinings, the firm famous for making tea bags, announced last year that it was moving production from its North Sheilds plant to Poland as part of a cost saving and efficency drive. The Mail Online has today reported that the sacked staff have been asked to train their Polish counterparts in the run up to the move. The Polish employees will be arriving in the North East next week to start their training, much to the annoyance of those who have lost their jobs and the union who represents them....

Sep
03
2010

Means-tested compensation awards?
#Employment

Whenever an employer finds itself on the losing end of a Tribunal claim, that employer could face the daunting prospect of having to pay out a hefty compensation award, dependant on the nature of the claim....

Sep
03
2010

Suspending Tribunal Proceedings
#Employment

When dealing with case management issues, Employment Judges have a wide discretion in terms of how proceedings are managed, within the scope of the statutory tribunal rules. Judges may issue management instructions (known as directions) on their own initiative, or following the application of the parties to the case. This may include a direction to stay proceedings, which effectively postpones the matter for a certain time....

Sep
03
2010

Age Discrimination - Reversing burden of proof
#Employment

In cases involving allegations of discrimination, a Claimant will first need to establish a ‘prima facie` case. This means the tribunal must be satisfied that some evidence exists which, if not rebutted, would support the alleged discrimination - whether direct or indirect. Once this has been established, the burden of proof then generally passes to the employer to discharge that burden by proving that its treatment of the employee was not discriminatory....

Sep
03
2010

Britain`s got talent auditionee has claim struck out by Employment Tribunal
#Employment

A Britain`s Got Talent contestant who claimed she was discriminated against at her audition, has failed to get her case heard at employment tribunal. She was reportedly suing for £2.5 million....

Sep
02
2010

Cheap labour?
#Employment

Research undertaken by Totaljobs.com has shown that individuals seeking work in the private sector are increassingly more willing to consider taking a lower salary to secure employment....

Aug
27
2010

We dont want to speak too soon, but are things looking up?
#Employment

The UK economy grew by more than initially thought in the second quarter of 2010. The Office for National Statistics` (ONS) had estimated growth of 1.1% last month, with the actual figure slightly higher at 1.2%. This is the fastest rate of growth since quarter one of 2001....

Aug
26
2010

Paternity leave - do you have to be the Prime Minister to afford it?
#Employment

So David Cameron went to Cornwall hoping for a relaxing holiday and ended up dealing with the early arrival of his baby daughter. Florence is the Cameron`s fourth child and so hopefully the sleepless nights and endless dirty nappies won`t come as too much of a shock. However, the first few weeks of a new baby`s life are hectic and many fathers, including David Cameron, want to be there to help out....

Aug
25
2010

Right of Substitution Trumps Dentist`s Claim
#Employment

Is he an ‘employee` or a ‘worker`? This was the first hurdle an employee had to establish before he was able to proceed with his claim for unlawful deductions in Community Dental Centres Ltd v Sultan-Darmon [2010]....

Aug
25
2010

TUPE and Equal Pay
#Employment

When considering an amalgamation of workforces after a transfer of undertakings, companies have to be careful about making any changes to the terms and conditions of the transferred work force. Any contractual change that is to the detriment of a transferred employee will not be effective if it is by reason of the transfer, unless it is for an economic, technical or organisational reason entailing a reduction in the workforce....

Aug
25
2010

Employee Benefits
#Employment

Some companies offer their employees benefits and incentives as part of their remuneration package, such as salary sacrifice schemes by way of vouchers to be used in retail stores. Companies will then claim back from HMRC the VAT which is incurred when buying the vouchers....

Aug
23
2010

Cost effective support for staff facing redundancy
#Employment

Our subsidiary HR consultancy, Forbury People, has a solution which will provide some really practical help to job seekers without incurring massive costs to the employer....

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