Employment

Countdown to fee day

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For those of you keeping up to date with employment law developments the date 29 July 2013 should already be in your diaries. This is the day that fees are introduced for commencing Employment Tribunal claims. More …

Justification and age discrimination

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In the recent decision in Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust, the Court of Appeal concluded that dismissing a Chief Executive for redundancy without formal consultation, in order to avoid an enhanced pension entitlement, was justified and did not therefore constitute unlawful age discrimination. More …

Woolworths case brings crucial change in collective redundancy law

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The way employers decide whether or not they are obliged to consult collectively with employees over dismissals has potentially significantly changed according to a recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), and is from now on likely be determined by the number of redundancies across an employer's business rather than at, for example, individual sites. More …

Spring Budget 2013

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Blake Morgan's Corporate Tax team provides a summary of some of the main tax changes in the Chancellor George Osborne's Budget 2013 of relevance to the firm's clients and contacts. More …

Employees awarded compensation for Council's breach of information rules introduced by the Agency Workers Regulations

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A Tribunal has ruled that a Council which failed to provide information about its use of agency workers to a trade union in accordance with requirements introduced by the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) must pay compensation to its employees for its breach. More …

To close or not to close - that is the question?

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According to its annual Survey, the National Association of Pension Funds has reported that 31% of final-salary pension schemes were closed to existing staff in 2012 compared to 23% in 2011. More …

Agency tanker drivers defeated in AWR Swedish derogation case

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An Employment Tribunal has dismissed claims brought by a group of agency tanker drivers under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR), finding that the Swedish derogation provisions of the AWR were adhered to by the temporary work agency that employed them. More …

Consultation published on reforming the recruitment sector regulatory regime

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On 17 January 2013 the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) published its consultation on streamlining the legislation that governs the recruitment sector. More …

Employee-shareholder status: More trouble than it's worth?

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Specialists from Blake Morgan's Tax, Company and Employment law teams consider the problems with the new status of 'employee-shareholders' due to be introduced in April. More …

Eweida and others v United Kingdom – Implications for employers and the Government's plans on same-sex marriage

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Ms Eweida, who was transferred to another role for wearing a visible cross against British Airways' uniform code, had had her right to freedom of religion violated under the European Convention of Human Rights. More …