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New year, new employment law challenges

The number of employment law changes planned for each new year never seems to diminish, whichever government is in place. It looks as if 2013 will be no exception, but the year will bring both challenges and opportunities for businesses.… Read on

Parental leave and right to request flexible working

As anticipated in our blog of 19 October, the Government has now announced changes to the current rules on parental leave which will allow parents to share leave rights after the birth or adoption of a child from 2015. The… Read on

Will fathers be able to hold the baby?

Reports have suggested that the government may give fathers the right to take paid leave to look after a new baby, allowing mothers to return to work, just two weeks after giving birth. At present, fathers can take two weeks… Read on

New type of owner/employment contract announced

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced a new type of employment contract under which employees will be able to give up some of their employment rights in return for shares in the company. The proposal, which is… Read on

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

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