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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....

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....

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

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

Innovation Insights
#Environment

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

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

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....

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
01
2010

Small Businesses Exempt from Right to Request Time to Train
#Employment

The right for employees to request time off from work to undertake study or training was introduced in April of this year to those employers with 250 or more employees. This right is due to be extended from April 2011 to all employees....

Dec
01
2010

Collective Consultation - When Does the Obligation Arise?
#Employment

It is established under s.188 TULRA 1992 that the obligation of an employer to collectively consult arises when the employer is ‘proposing` to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees....

Dec
01
2010

Integration of an Agency Worker
#Employment

The case of Tilson -v- Alstom Transport demonstrates that a significant degree of integration of an agency worker into an organisation may not necessarily lead to a contractual relationship being implied....

Dec
01
2010

Challenges Disabled Job-seekers face in the Job Market
#Employment

In the current climate of job losses and costs being cut, hunting for employment can be very difficult and demoralising. Disabled job-seekers will argue that the situation is far worse for them and that their biggest barrier to getting a job is getting to the interview stage in the first place....

Nov
30
2010

Further BA strike threatened over travel perks
#Employment

The British Airways dispute continues to rumble on with the news that BA cabin crew are to be balloted again over strike action before Christmas. UNITE has confirmed that there will be no actual strike action over Christmas....

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