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The Agency Workers Regulations

Meredith Hurst Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (the Regulations) are due to come into force on 1 October 2011. The time between publication of the final Regulations and their entry into force is intended to give agencies and hirers sufficient time to adjust to significant changes to their regulatory framework, especially in view of the current economic situation. Certain aspects of the Regulations are supported by guidance. The Regulations come into force on 1 October 2011 and apply to agency workers who...

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Public holidays

Meredith Hurst Friday, June 3, 2011

After a flurry of public and bank holidays and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the government has announced that Tuesday 5 June 2012 will be a bank holiday, to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The late May bank holiday will be moved to Monday 4 June, to allow for a four-day weekend of celebrations. As an employer, remember that despite the increase, there is still no statutory right to time off (paid or otherwise) on any public holiday. ...

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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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