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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

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

Facebook comments: fair dismissal

A recent Facebook dismissal case heard by a Tribunal in Northern Ireland, has made some interesting findings which add to the developing law in this area. An employee of TeleTech UK Limited posted a vulgar comment concerning a colleague on… 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

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