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Pope comment in Times newsroom harassment

An employment tribunal has dismissed a harassment claim brought by a sub-editor at the Times. The sub-editor alleged that another sub-editor had created a hostile environment by shouting across the newsroom, referring to the Pope, in breach of the law… Read on

New pension rules in force

A new government scheme under which employees must be automatically enrolled in a pension scheme was launched on 1 October. Under the scheme, employers must provide access to a pension scheme for workers who are over 22 and earning more… Read on

Springhouse solicitor wins national mediation prize

Mary Siddall of Springhouse solicitors has been named joint Mediation Scheme Co-ordinator of the Year at the inaugural National Mediation Awards. The award relates to work that Mary did with the University of Southampton. Mary commented: Many organisations are now… Read on

Mary Siddall joins Springhouse

We are delighted to announce that we have strengthened our existing team following the arrival of Mary Siddall. Mary is a well-known and experienced specialist in employment law, and sits as an Employment Judge on a part-time basis. She has… Read on

Tribunals down – more stats here

The Latest Employment Tribunal and Appeal Tribunal statistics have just been published. Here are the headlines: 15% decrease in employment tribunal claims (186,300 claims). This is probably down to a reduced number of group actions rather than a loss of… Read on

New national minimum wage 2012

Here are the new rates that will apply from 1 October 2012: Workers aged 21 and over: £6.19 Workers aged between 18 and 20: £4.98 (no change) Workers aged above the compulsory school age and under 18: £3.68 Apprentices: £2.65… Read on

Employment law reform: 3 key updates

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has announced further proposals to reform the employment tribunal system with the aim of helping businesses. The Government has already increased to two years the period for which employees must work before gaining unfair dismissal… Read on

TUPE does not apply to directors

The Appeal Tribunal has recently decided that the directors of a charity did not transfer under TUPE when the service was taken in-house by the local authority, even though the local authority had been the charity’s only client. Before the… Read on

No need to request holiday for sickness refund

The European Court has already decided that where an employee has booked holiday, but then falls sick, they are entitled to claim back that holiday. Some large employers already permit this, but most don’t. A further recent decision will impact… Read on

Dismissal conversations to be kept from court

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has just confirmed that legislation will be introduced to enable employers to offer termination packages to employees without fear that this will be used against them in a tribunal claim. This would extend the current without… Read on