Category Archives: Law

Can a reduction in hours lead to a redundancy situation?

Companies experiencing a downturn in business are increasingly looking for alternatives to redundancies. Recruitment freezes, unpaid sabbaticals and secondments have all been used to avoid making job cuts. In addition, employers often ask employees to reduce their hours of work … Continue reading

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Unfair dismissal changes ‘will lead to rise in other claims’

Employers have predicted that the number of tribunal claims will rise following the increase in the qualifying period for unfair dismissal, as employees will bring cases under different headings, according to the latest survey by XpertHR. In April, the Government extended the length of … Continue reading

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European court to rule on UK discrimination law

A bid to change religious discrimination law in the UK has been taken to the European Court of Human Rights today. Four Christians who had complaints of religious discrimination against their employers rejected by employment tribunals and courts in the … Continue reading

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HRDs not committed to diversity

HR decision-makers in the UK are paying lip service to diversity strategy, but they are not following this through with strategic action, HR magazine can exclusively reveal. HR surveyed 271 HR directors, chief executives, MDs and HR managers to find … Continue reading

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No fault dismissal plan expected to be shelved

Whitehall is expecting Downing Street to abandon its support later this summer for one of the central recommendations in a controversial report by a Tory donor which called for companies to be given the right to sack workers at will. … Continue reading

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Parents should be stopped from requesting additional work leave until 2017 according to leaked Beecroft report

According to a leaked report from Downing Street, parents should not be able to request additional leave from work until at least 2017 due to cost and potential operational problems. The report also urges a relaxation of British laws to … Continue reading

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April 2012 employment law changes: six things employers need to know

Every April a host of changes are made to employment legislation and 2012 is no exception. This year, important amendments include those relating to tribunal procedures, unfair dismissal and statutory maternity and sick pay.  The key reforms that will affect … Continue reading

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ACAS report finds that there is little evidence that UK employers are engaging and retaining workers over 50

There is “little evidence” of UK employers taking proactive steps to engage and retain older workers according to new research conducted by Cranfield School of Management and Nottingham Business School for Acas. The authors of the research paper The Employment Relations … Continue reading

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First person to be convicted under the Bribery Act is jailed

A former court worker who last month becamethe first person to be convicted under the Bribery Act 2010 has been jailed for six years. Munir Patel was convicted of bribery and misconduct in a public office after admitting that he received a … Continue reading

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Unions launch pensions legal challenge

Public-sector unions will today open up a new front in their battle with the Government over pension reform with a legal challenge to recently introduced rules over the way annual increases are calculated.   Six unions are taking action in … Continue reading

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