Category Archives: Law

What does the extension of the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims mean for employers?

The Government has committed itself to reforming employment law as part of its bigger ‘Plan for Growth’ which aims to boost business confidence and growth in spite of the UK’s troubled economic climate. In January 2011, the Government commissioned its … Continue reading

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Social media background checks – a minefield for recruiters

At a time when social media profiles are the norm and many people are falling into the trap of “over-sharing” personal information online, it is perhaps inevitable that recruiters would be tempted to have a sneaky peek at the digital … Continue reading

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Agency Directive threatens 500,000 employment contracts

As many as 500,000 temporary employment contracts could be threatened by the new agency worker rules coming into force next month, according to a report, published yesterday, by Allen & Overy. A third (33%) of medium to large UK businesses … Continue reading

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New EU job rights ‘will derail British recovery’

Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, has agreed to a controversial European directive to give agency workers the same rights as full-time employees of British companies. An analysis of the new laws by the Department for Business discloses that … Continue reading

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UK and EC courts say business can be held responsible for third-party racial harassment

While previously the law did not hold employers liable for third-party harassment, G Norouzi successfully argued that as a public sector employer the council was bound by the EU Race Directive, which conferred liability on employers that know of a … Continue reading

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Employee Benefits Workplace Savings and Pensions Research 2011: Legislation

Employers are focusing on the effects of next year’s pension reforms, including how to mitigate any increased costs from compliance. With the Pensions Act 2008 due to begin taking effect next year, employers must increasingly consider the impact it will … Continue reading

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It can be reasonable for employer to ask for pay cut, tribunal finds

ONS figures released today show unemployment figures remain fairly static. Experts say this is due to the fact that employees are accepting pay cuts rather than facing redundancy. Businesses and their employees are still facing difficult times and there is … Continue reading

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Government’s red tape review to focus on diversity and equality in June

Diversity and equality has become the latest branch of employment law to come under the spotlight of the Government’s bonfire of red tape and BT’s head of people and policy Caroline Waters (pictured), has been appointed to advise on the … Continue reading

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Firms ‘will sack temps early to get round rules’

From October, employers will be forced to give agency workers the same pay and holiday entitlements as regular staff after just 12 weeks in a job. At present, temps have no “equal rights”. The UK regulations stem from lengthy negotiations … Continue reading

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Tribunal rejects Birmingham council’s fair pay appeal

A council’s appeal against a landmark ruling over fair pay, which could cost it millions of pounds in back pay, has been dismissed. Birmingham City Council went to the Employment Appeal Tribunal after the original tribunal ruled it discriminated against … Continue reading

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