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

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

Employers urged to prepare for London Olympics

In preparation for the Olympic Games, which will run from 27th July to 12th August 2012, employers in London are being encouraged to communicate with their staff to plan ahead and mitigate any disruption. Recommendations include: Encouraging staff to take… Read on

The Beecroft Report

On 21st May 2012, the controversial Beecroft Report was published by the UK Government. The report had been commissioned to explore whether any areas of employment law could be simplified in an effort to kick-start the economy and create jobs.… Read on

Major employment law changes 2012

There are a number of changes to employment legislation which come into force in April 2012. We have previously trailed some, and here are the most important: The qualifying period for unfair dismissal for those employed on or after 6th… Read on

April 2011: whats new?

Employment laws generally change at the beginning of October and April each year. Here is a summary of the radical changes for April 2011. Default retirement age The default retirement age of 65 will be abolished. Discrimination Positive discrimination provisions… Read on

First corporate manslaughter prosecution succeeds

A criminal court has found a small company guilty of corporate manslaughter in the first test case of the new offence. The prosecution of Cotswold Geotechnical (Holdings) Ltd under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 will come as… Read on

Plain English Day at Springhouse Solicitors

“I hear what you’re saying,” Ben shot back as he marched into his office, “but the bottom line is at Springhouse we like to think outside the box.” Well, he thought to himself, knitting his brows, it wasn’t rocket science.… Read on

Agency worker not an employee

We are always interested in Court of Appeal decisions. Other than the Supreme Court (which was the House of Lords) this is the highest court in the UK. As a general rule, employment claims will start in the Employment Tribunal… Read on