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George Osborne announces shake-up of employment legislation

Meredith Hurst Thursday, May 12, 2011

If newspaper reports are to be believed George Osborne is promising a shake-up of UK employment legislation.  This comes as no surprise given that since the Conservative led coalition came into power, it has announced a plethora of proposed changes including increasing the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from one to two years.  The Independent reports of the erosion of long-held employment rights with the intention of affording businesses greater flexibility.  The...

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Wedding blues

Meredith Hurst Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Will you be celebrating the royal wedding from your desk, in front of a computer screen or in the garden with a glass of Pimms? This is the question on many employees' lips as the second four day break approaches. With the exception that it is a one off, the holiday granted to the nation to celebrate the forthcoming royal wedding is no different to any other public holiday. Additional days to the usual bank and public holidays such as the May bank holiday and Boxing Day may be proclaimed as...

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Fed up of commuting to work?

Meredith Hurst Friday, April 15, 2011

Well now may be your chance to do something about it.  The Department for Transport (DfT) is asking businesses to provide their views on alternatives to travelling to work, to inform its development of long-term alternatives to travel strategy. The calls for evidence seeks views on alternative methods of working, including home and remote working, flexible working and staggered hours, telephone and videoconferencing, and any other methods of reducing work-related travel. Responses are...

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April 2011 changes to employment legislation

Meredith Hurst Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The following changes come into force today Additional paternity leave and pay New fathers employed for six months or more already have the right to take two weeks' paternity leave with statutory paternity pay. New additional rights are due to come into force for employees whose child is due (or adoptive parent who is notified of a match) on or after 3 April 2011.  Where both parents are working, once the mother goes back to work, the father can take up to six months'...

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Employed by God

Meredith Hurst Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In the case of Moore v President of the Methodist Conference the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that a Methodist minister was an employee and so could bring an unfair dismissal claim.  It may surprise you to learn that in previous cases the courts have considered the spiritual nature of a minister's role and found that a minister could not be an employee.  Rather he accepts the call and his activities and duties are defined by conscience and not by...

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