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Meredith Hurst Friday, February 4, 2011

This week has seen two cases (one reported and another ongoing) that would not seem out of place in a "Carry On" film.  The first concerns Mr K an employee of a well respected department store who claims he was slapped on the bottom by a female colleague.  He claimed that when he asked her to stop it she replied: "I do it to all the boys".  This raises two interesting issues.  The first is that of the over-sensitive claimant.  The second is the idea of the male...

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Don't miss out on our free retirement seminar - 9 March 2011!

Angie Crush Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Abolition of the Default Retirement Age: your business needs to take urgent action before 31 March 2011 By popular demand we are offering a free lunchtime seminar on 9 March 2011 . Our expert speaker will consider the implications for businesses faced with the abolition of the default retirement age on 1 October 2011. We will discuss key questions: 1.         Can we still retire people before 1 October 2011? ...

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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 overhaul

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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