Default Retirement Age

Will it be now possible to dismiss someone fairly for retirement? Since the law changed on 1 April 2011 and the default retirement age no longer exists employers have realised dismissals purely based on age will be very difficult. However there are certain employers who will be able to use employer justified retirement and dismiss… Read more »

Reduction to small employers’ relief in statutory maternity pay

From 6th April 2011 there will be a reduction in the percentage of relief for small employers. Small employers can recover 100% of the money paid for statutory maternity pay (SMP) from HM Revenue & Customs, along with an additional compensatory amount. This additional amount relates to national insurance contributions (NIC) they have paid on… Read more »

Equal rights for agency workers

Under the EU Directive ‘Agency Worker Regulations 2010’ which are due to come into effect on 1 October 2011, Britain’s agency workers will have the right to the same pay, holidays and basic conditions of employment as permanent staff doing the same kind of work after serving a twelve-week service qualification period. The Coalition Government… Read more »

Equality Act 2010

1 October 2010 saw the introduction of this new Act which simplified, strengthened and consolidated existing legislation on discrimination and equality. The new Act is a simple and modern framework which brings together disability, sex, race and other grounds into one document and also establishes new laws. The provisions of the Equality Act are being… Read more »

Default Retirement Age

The law on age and retirement is changing. The default retirement age is to be phased out between 6 April 2011 and 1 October 2011 and fixed retirement ages will be unlawful. Forced retirements will no longer be lawful and it will allow people the flexibility to choose when they want to retire. Currently the… Read more »

Holiday & Sickness Absence update

Employers are being forced to change the way they handle staff sickness and holiday allowances, following a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice. The ruling gives workers, whose illness occurs at the same time as their holiday, the right to count those days as sick leave, rather than using part of their annual… Read more »

Employment levels and unfair dismissal claims rise

Employment figures for the three months to June 2010, show that the number of people in employment rose by 184,000, and Acas report a steep increase in workload, especially in unfair dismissal cases. Employment Rates and Unfair Dismissal Claims Rise The Office for National Statistics has published employment figures for the three months to June… Read more »

Holiday pay update

Workers can accrue holiday even when on long-term sick leave, rules House of Lords. In a recent House of Lords decision on the thorny question for employers and employees of what should be done about accrued annual leave when an employee is on long term sickness absence , Lord Rodger concluded workers had a right… Read more »

Dads The Word

Fathers of children due on or after 3 April 2011 will be able to take the benefit of up to six months unused maternity leave. If the regulations do come into force in April 2010, employers will have to wait another year before they take effect. However, given the media interest in this new legislation,… Read more »