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Feb
01
2012

Collective Redundancy: Definition of Establishment
#Employment

Former employees of Woolworths have successfully brought an action for its failure to inform and consult, in connection with a collective redundancy procedure....

Feb
01
2012

Hurry! Get Stamp Duty Land Tax Relief before it disappears
#Real Estate

It is time to act if you are a first time buyer and would like to save up to £2,500 on the purchase of your first property. The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) "holiday" announced by the Chancellor in his Budget on 24th March 2010 will end at midnight on the 24th March 2012. At present, first time buyers do not pay SDLT on purchases of up to £250,000. Beware - this first time buyer relief is time limited and will end soon....

Feb
01
2012

Tribunal Award Limit Changes 1 February 2012
#Employment

With effect from today, the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases from £68,400 to £72.300.Other changes coming into force today include:-  The limit on the amount of a week`s pay for statutory redundancy payments and the basic award for unfair dismissal will increase from £400 to £430 an increase in the maximum amount of a guarantee payment payable to an employee from £22....

Feb
01
2012

Will you keep your New Year resolutions?
#Employment

No chocolate, go to the gym etc etc etc ......How about trying some HR ones instead!...

Jan
30
2012

Third party harassment must relate to a protected characteristic
#Employment

Clarkslegal LLP was instructed to act on one of the first employment tribunal cases concerning third party harassment....

Jan
30
2012

Tribunal finds traffic warden WAS unfairly dismissed
#Employment

At the start of January buddy blogged about a traffic warden who had brought a claim of unfair dismissal after he was allegedly dismissed for refusing to issue the public with excessive amounts of tickets....

Jan
26
2012

New timetable for Pensions Auto-Enrolment published
#Employment

As outlined in a buddy blog late last year, the Department for Work and Pensions planned to amendthe timetable for auto-enrolment into pension schemes. Yesterday the new timetable (set out below) was published....

Jan
25
2012

Cable to tackle executive pay issue
#Employment

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has this week announced a package of measures to try to curb excessive pay for executives....

Jan
25
2012

Redundancies and Suitable Alternative Employment
#Employment

The case of Readman v Devon Primary Care Trust has illustrated that an employee is said to act reasonably in refusing an offer of suitable alternative employment where the Employment Tribunal correctly concludes that a reasonable employee would have accepted the employer`s offer....

Jan
24
2012

Regional Mediation Networks Pilot Scheme for SMEs
#Employment

The Employment Relations Minister, Edward Davey, has this week announced a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks in Cambridge and Manchester, to be set up for small and medium-sized enterprises...

Jan
23
2012

Unfair Dismissal Qualifying Period
#Employment

In November we confirmed that the Conservative government would increase the qualifying period to bring an unfair dismissal claim from one year to two years, from 6 April 2012...

Jan
19
2012

Can a tribunal hearing be adjourned for ill health?
#Employment

In the Employment Tribunal (ET) case O`Cathail v Transport for London, the Claimant had applied for an adjournment of his tribunal hearing on the grounds of ill health....

Jan
18
2012

Paid Work Experience - Indirect Sex Discrimination
#Employment

An Industrial Tribunal in Northern Ireland has held that a job advert requiring applicants to have at least two years paid work experience over a five year period to be indirectly discriminatory on the grounds of sex....

Jan
18
2012

Clarkslegal joins VitalSix to support high growth SMEs
#Clarkslegal

Clarkslegal is delighted to be confirmed as a Strategic Partner providing legal advice to VitalSix`s clients and members of the Vital Business Network, a new network launched for high growth SMEs, designed to work with the next generation of great companies to accelerate profitable business growth....

Jan
17
2012

Almost 70% of employers have rejected a candidate due to content on their social networking sites
#Employment

It is reported on the Guardian Jobs website today that 69% of recruiters have rejected a candidate after viewing their social networking profiles. The figure comes from a survey carried out by social media monitoring service Reppler. A similar study was conducted by Microsoft in 2009, where only 49% of emlpoyers were influenced  by such sites. According to the results of the current&nb...

Jan
17
2012

Anonymous CV plans backed by major employers
#Employment

More than 100 major UK business have pledged support to a government initiative that proposes  to ask for CVs without the name or school details of candidates, in order to safeguard against potential discrimination during the application process. Firms such as Tesco, Barclays and Coca-Cola have agreed to the Government’s Business Compact, which stipulates the requirement to recruit "...

Jan
16
2012

Will employees be given the right to request shares in their employer`s company?
#Employment

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has today announced plans to bring in a new universal right for employees to request to buy shares in the company they work for. Well known business John Lewis already operates this model, with employees owning shares in the company. Mr Clegg says of the scheme: “Liberals believe strongly in the virtues of the market but only if it is a market for the many...

Jan
13
2012

Employment tribunal cases down by 30%
#Employment

Statistics from the Ministry of Justice reveal that the number of employment tribunal claims have decreased by 30% in the period from 1 July to 30 September 2011 compared with the same period in 2010...

Jan
13
2012

New rules regarding dismissal of underperforming teachers announced today
#Employment

The Government has announced that from September 2012 it will put in place measures to make it easier and faster for Head Teachers to sack underperforming staff. At present the plans will only affect teachers in England. Michael Gove, Education Secretary said schools have been "tangled in red tape" for too long when dealing with staff who do not meet performance expectations. Currently, the pro...

Jan
12
2012

Using Declaratory Judgments in Favour of Arbitration Agreements
#Dispute Resolution

An arbitration tribunal will have jurisdiction to hear a dispute if there is a valid arbitration agreement between the parties that covers the dispute in question. Most national arbitration laws recognise that a properly constituted arbitration tribunal has the same authority as a national Court to determine its own jurisdiction. A national Court must therefore be very reluctant to hear an application to decide whether or not there is a valid arbitration agreement between the parties before the arbitration tribunal can consider the issue....

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