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Jan
14
2011

Michael Sippitt`s contribution to The Actuary
#Clarkslegal

Due to our increasing profile and expertise within the environmental sector, particularly in the development of new technologies in combatting climate change, Managing Partner Michael Sippitt has contributed the following article to The Actuary, the magazine for the Actuarial profession, investigating how Actuaries can play a vital role in assessing climate risk....

Jan
12
2011

Neighbourhood Development Orders
#Inward Investment

In the recently published Localism Bill, the same rules regarding the body that can be a qualifying body entitled to initiate the process for making a neighbourhood development order and as regards the neighbourhood area, are applicable to neighbourhood development orders as they are to neighbourhood development plans....

Jan
11
2011

BBC Loses Age Discrimination Claim
#Employment

"Youth," according to Herbert Henry Asquith, "would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life." Whether or not this sentiment was foremost on the mind of the Judge in the tribunal claim brought by Miriam O`Reilly has yet to be known. We can be more certain of the fact however that today`s Judgment from the London Central ET will have far-reaching implications in the media....

Jan
10
2011

Neighbourhood Development Plans
#Inward Investment

The Government`s intention to involve local communities in planning matters was well publicised over a number of months but ministerial statements left it unclear how the proposed neighbourhood plans would relate to strategies and policies contained in local planning authority development plan documents, such as Core Strategies, that have been gradually emerging through the local development framework system introduced by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The Localism Bill published last month has clarified some of the main areas of uncertainty....

Jan
07
2011

New Tribunal Award Limits
#Employment

From 1 February 2011, the cap on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases from £65,300 to £68,400. Other changes coming into force on the same date include:...

Jan
07
2011

Flexible Working Legislation Extended To Parents of Children Aged Under 18
#Employment

The right to request flexible working currently applies to parents of children aged under 17, parents of disabled children aged under 18 and carers of dependant adults. This right is to be extended to parents of all children aged under 18 and will come into force on 6 April 2011....

Jan
07
2011

Dangers of Transferring Confidential Information
#Employment

In Brandeaux Advisers (UK) Ltd and others v Chadwick (2010), the High Court looked at whether the employee`s conduct of sending large amounts of confidential information to her personal email account amounted to a repudiatory breach of contract....

Jan
07
2011

Tick-Tock for Tax - Post Termination Payments
#Employment

Come April 2011 there will be a significant change to the treatment of income tax on post termination payments made to employees....

Dec
17
2010

Retirement
#Employment

Employers are still in the dark about how to deal with retirements falling after 1 October 2011....

Dec
17
2010

Equal pay - 6 years to bring a claim?
#Employment

If an employee believes she (it`s usually a she, but don`t count on it!) is being paid less than a male comparator she can bring a claim in the employment tribunal. Generally speaking she can bring a claim at any time during her employment or within 6 months of her employment coming to an end....

Dec
16
2010

Statutory Rates and Limits increases for 2011
#Employment

The following increases have been announced in recent days. From 1 February 2011, the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will increase from £65,300 to £68,400....

Dec
15
2010

Are you a Christmas Party Scrooge?
#Employment

Ebenezer Scrooge, from the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol had a catchphrase, "Bah, humbug!", which may often be used by employers at this time of year to express their disgust with the tradition of holding office parties in a time of economic and employment law challenges....

Dec
13
2010

Biodiversity can be an economic driver
#Environment

A major new UN report was released in Nagoya, Japan, during October; The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (Teeb). Teeb sets out the value of our natural world and the dependence we have on it financially and economically. Though not a novel idea, the report serves to highlight the interdependent relationship between economics and biodiversity, whose association will certainly become closer than ever as the impacts of climate change begin to materialise. In order to maintain a sustainable economy, biodiversity and the natural world should be managed and protected in the same way that other assets are valued....

Dec
13
2010

Venture Incubators
#Environment

Business as usual is clearly failing us and over the coming years we will need to adapt to many different challenges if we are to survive - the most notable challenge being the reduction of the daily environmental impact of our lives. The adoption of innovative new ideas and technologies is essential for this adaptation. Realisation of this innovation, however, requires funding. What is not clear is where the funding has gone and if it has not gone then why ‘venture` (the undertaking of risk) has left venture capital and how can we get it back?...

Dec
13
2010

Innovation Insights
#Environment

General Electric has recently announced over $50m dollars of investment into crowd-sourced ideas for its Ecomagination challenge....

Dec
13
2010

Innovations in Education
#Education

The education sector is rife for innovation, from innovative new models to the integration of technologies. It is also the sector that can do the most to instil innovation in tomorrow`s leaders. This though, will require reshaping of the curriculum to more open learning and less test-based assessments whilst rethinking and re-inventing the role of technology in education....

Dec
13
2010

Energy reduction from visibility
#Environment

Over the next decade it is predicted that more power capacity will be decommissioned than new capacity will become available. This points us to the conclusion that in order to ‘keep the lights on` we will have to reduce our domestic, commercial and industrial power consumption. There are a range of measures designed to help this need: for industrial users the EU-ETS incentivises stakeholders to emit fewer greenhouse gases; for commercial users the Carbon Reduction Commitment encourages businesses to reduce their energy consumption; and for households the Green Deal will help meet the upfront cost of improving energy efficiency in the home....

Dec
08
2010

Is the NMW evidence of successful ongoing national pay bargaining arrangements?
#Employment

National-level pay setting remains common in large multi-site public and private organisations such as supermarkets, schools, banks and engineering construction sites....

Dec
02
2010

New Homes Bonus
#Inward Investment

The Government`s proposals for a New Homes Bonus payable to local authorities have been trailed for several months by Ministerial statements and Press reports. An announcement in early August confirming that a New Homes Bonus scheme would be introduced did not in fact confirm the previously stated intention to match the Council Tax on every new home with payment of an equivalent amount as grant, to the local authority, annually for 6 years. This broad approach has however recently been confirmed by the detailed proposals set out in the Department for Communities and Local Government`s consultation paper (November 2010), which is primarily addressed to local authorities for views on the detailed workings of the arrangements. It applies to England only....

Dec
02
2010

Royal Wedding - cause for celebration?
#Employment

If you hadn`t already heard, Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, which has been declared a bank holiday in celebration. The timing of this extra bank holiday, sandwiched between Easter weekend and the May Day bank holiday, means there will only be three working days between 22 April and 2 May 2011....

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