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New minimum wage 2010

As of 1 October 2010, the minimum wage will be as follows: £5.93 per hour for workers aged 21 and over (currently £5.80) £4.92 for 18-20 year olds £3.64 for 16-17 year olds The (unenforceable) London living wage will rise… Read on

Gross misconduct – Get all your allegations right

Compass has dismissed an employee because they believed she had stolen £3,000. However, in their letter to her accusing her of this, they referred to the loss of £3,000. They were found guilty of unfair dismissal because they had not… Read on

You may have to reveal your legal advice

Have you ever wondered whether the advice you are being given may be revealed to a court or your opponent? Particularly if this is from a non-qualified or in-house lawyer? A couple of recent cases show how important it can… Read on

Buying or selling a business – Don’t forget consultation

Employers hate the detailed information and consultation requirements which need to be followed when a business sale or purchase involves staff transferring under TUPE. This is usually because of the unsettling effect it can have on staff, particularly when the… Read on

Do you pay men more than women for equal work?

If so, the Equal Pay Act of 1970 (perhaps the oldest employment legislation on the books?), may mean you need to repay the difference over the preceding 6 years. This is the case even if the jobs are completely different,… Read on

The end of cycle to work schemes and the like?

A recent decision of the European Court has been heralded as the end of salary sacrifice schemes. We don’t think it will be that drastic. What the decision (against AstraZeneca) says, is that businesses cannot reclaim VAT on retail vouchers… Read on

Employment law – 2 for the price of 1

No, unfortunately this is not a special offer from Springhouse (we are always good value!). Rather, Vince Cable has recently announced that, as of next month, “when Ministers seek to introduce new regulations which impose costs on business they will… Read on

Will I be able to retire my employees?

With the end of the legal retirement age of 65 now on the horizon, employers are beginning to ask themselves When will I be able to ask my employees to retire ? Currently it is relatively easy to dismiss an… Read on

Latest enormous city compensation award!

Mr Wardle, 44, was employed by a French bank. He brought a claim of race discrimination, saying that he had been passed over for promotion because he was not French. After the bank received his claim, Mr Wardle was sacked… Read on

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process through which parties in dispute work with an independent, neutral third person who works with them to identify the issues and assist them in reaching a resolution. Mediation is a confidential process. It is voluntary, so… Read on

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