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Financial penalties for employers who get it wrong

The Government has announced that it intends to implement a provision in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act allowing tribunals to impose a financial penalty on employers who breach employment rights. At present, most tribunal awards are based on the… Read on

New national minimum wage 2013

Here are the new minimum wage rates that will apply from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014: Workers aged 21 and over: £6.31 Workers aged between 18 and 20: £5.03 Workers aged above the compulsory school age and under… Read on

Zero hours contracts blessing or curse?

Over the summer, zero hours contracts have come into sharp focus with their use being debated by trades unions, government departments and business leaders. So what are they, and are they a good or bad thing? A zero hours contract… Read on

Employee shareholder contracts

From 1st September 2013 employers will be able to offer employee shareholder contracts to new recruits. In return for granting shares to a value of between £2,000 and £50,000, employees who accept this type of contract give up a number… Read on

Major changes to Employment Tribunals

Employment Tribunals have offered a free service to Claimants since they were introduced in the 1970s. However that all changed on the 29th July 2013 when fees were introduced for anyone starting a claim in the tribunal. A fee is… Read on

Unfair dismissal claims reduced cap on compensation

New reduced cap on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal to the lower of £72,400 or 52 weeks pay is imminent. 29th July 2013 is the date we believe important changes in the rules of compensation for unfair dismissal will… Read on

Duty to consult in redundancy cases is significantly extended

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has issued a decision which represents a significant extension of the duty to carry out collective consultation in redundancy cases. Where an employer is considering making 20 or more redundancies, there is a duty to… Read on

New employment laws in force from 25th June

Changes to Employment Law in June 2013. The first in a long list of changes to employment laws come into effect on 25th June 2013. Alongside some technical provisions, the following are of most interest: Removal of qualifying period of… Read on

Employment Tribunal rules

The long-awaited new version of the Employment Tribunal rules will come into force on 29 July 2013 – the same day that tribunal fees are to be introduced. While the technical detail of the rules may be of more interest… Read on

Employment Tribunal fees set to be introduced on 29th July

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service has recently announced that fees for employment tribunal claims will be introduced on 29th July 2013, subject to parliamentary approval. Until now there has been no charge for starting or continuing claims in the… Read on