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Freedom to choose own lawyer under an insurance policy

On 7 November 2013, the European Court of Justice decided that an insurer cannot make an employee’s freedom to choose his/her own lawyer in legal proceedings conditional upon the insurer first deciding that the case should be handled by an… Read on

Five things you MUST do when making someone redundant

Are you a business owner facing the difficult decision of employee redundancy? If so, here are five fundamental things to consider: You must warn those employees whose jobs are at risk of redundancy. You must consult with staff who have… Read on

Shared parental leave

In November 2012, the Government announced that it intended to introduce a new system of shared parental leave, overhauling the existing maternity leave and paternity leave provisions. Under the proposals, eligible employees would continue to be entitled to a maximum… Read on

Employment tribunal fees and current rates

All individuals who are pursuing claims at the Employment Tribunal will now have to pay both an issue fee and a hearing fee. The individual pays the fees and not the employer. The fees will apply to all claims started… Read on

Dramatic overhaul of TUPE proposed

Employers will welcome the proposals for new, less burdensome rules relating to staff on a transfer of business, due to become effective mid-January 2014. The measures are currently only proposals, but we report on them now because they are potentially… Read on

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

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