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Employment law shake-up announced

Meredith Hurst Friday, January 28, 2011

David Cameron and Vince Cable the business secretary announced fundamental reforms to employment law and the employment tribunal system yesterday. The avowed intention behind the proposed changes is to lift the burden of red tape on businesses as the private sector is asked to reverse the economic decline.  It is also the government's intention to reduce regulation, provide the right environment to enable companies to grow and to kick-start job growth. Among the changes...

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Limit on tribunal awards to increase

Meredith Hurst Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The maximum limit on employment tribunal awards will increase on 1 February 2011.  The headline changes are those to the compensatory award for unfair dismissal and the increase in a week's pay, which is used to calculate statutory redundancy.  The limit on unfair dismissal compensation will rise from £65,300 to £68,400 and the maximum amount of a week's pay will increase from £380 to £400.  In cases involving dismissal, the new figures will apply...

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Paternity leave overhall

Meredith Hurst Thursday, January 20, 2011

Speaking at the Demos think tank on Monday the deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg outlined the government's plans for more flexible working arrangements for parents.  Clegg who described the current paternity leave provisions as "Edwardian" went on to say that they place too great a burden on mothers.  Fathers have the benefit of only two weeks' paternity leave at the moment but this is set to change.  In particular fathers will be allowed to share leave with their...

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CRB checks

Meredith Hurst Thursday, January 13, 2011

Paul Harris-Stelfox of ThomasMansfield has confirmed that the Court of Appeal has today handed down its decision in Desmond v Nottinghamshire Police . This is authority for the proposition that a person cannot bring a claim in negligence against the police in respect of information provided to an employer during an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check. It was held that that, in accordance with the general principles in the case of Hill v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, the...

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Default retirement age to be abolished

Meredith Hurst Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Government has today confirmed that the long anticipated abolition of the default retirement age of 65 is to become reality with effect from 1 October 2011.  The changes will be phased in from April. At the moment, employers can terminate employment at 65 without penalty.  Provided the employer follows a set procedure it can avoid unfair dismissal claims and age discrimination claims.  The government's move to abolish the default retirement age ignores the views of employers...

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