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Government's Propiosals on Employment Law

Meredith Hurst Friday, November 25, 2011

The Government's response to its 'Resolving Workplace Disputes' consultation provides further detail of its reasoning in relation to already announced decisions such as the increase in qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims. The response also contains a number of reforms not announced in Vince Cable's speech to the EEF, such as plans to allow employment judges to sit alone in unfair dismissal cases, and judges to sit alone in the EAT, and to allow tribunals to award costs of up to...

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Vexatious litigants to face costs of £20,000

Meredith Hurst Friday, November 25, 2011

Further news has been published about the plans by the coalition government to step up employment reform.    As well as increasing the potential award of costs from £10,000 to £20,000 the government also intends to allow tribunals to impose financial penalties on employers found to have breached employment rights.  This is a troubling development for both employees and employers alike.  It should be remembered however that costs are not commonly awarded in the...

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Cable hails coalition employment law plans

Meredith Hurst Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The furore over the Coalition's plans to shake up employment legislation continues.  Like fashion, employment laws come and go with successive seasons (or governments) and quite often changes hailed as groundbreaking are rarely new.  Take the increase in the qualifying period for unfair dismissal which is set to rise to two years from next year.  This is not a new initiative and takes us back to the late 90's. The suggested introduction of fees to dissuade vexatious...

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Whistleblowing judgement

Meredith Hurst Wednesday, November 2, 2011

COURT OF APPEAL JUDGEMENT GIVES RISE TO CONCERN ABOUT EFFECTIVENESS OF LAW PROTECTING WHISTLEBLOWERS A "Whistleblower" is the term used colloquially to describe a worker who discloses information in the public interest to their employer, or in certain circumstances, to an external regulatory body or other third party. The information disclosed must usually show in the worker's reasonable belief wrongdoing on the part of an employer or another party. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998...

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Pension entitlement set to change

Meredith Hurst Tuesday, November 1, 2011

From 2012 groundbreaking new rules are set to impose enhanced pension duties on employers.  This will apply to all employers who engage at least one worker.  A 'worker' is anyone who works under a contract of employment or works under a contract to perform services personally (i.e. they cannot send a substitute or sub-contract the work) and is not undertaking work as part of their own business. The duties for the employer include: Automatic enrolment into a pension scheme without...

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