Employment Law Reforms 2011

Important changes have been announced which when implemented are proposals which are intended to reduce the number of employment tribunal claims and boost the economy. In addition there has been an immediate increase in the National Minimum wage. Details The first and possibly the most controversial is the change to the qualifying period for unfair… Read more »

Bribery Act – In force 1 July 2011

This covers a wide range of possible advantages including gifts, hospitality and entertainment, charitable donations, sponsorship and publicity. The timing of the financial or other advantage doesn’t matter it is still considered a bribe, even if given after the event. Under the Bribery Act (BA) 2010 a bribe is defined as “a financial or other… Read more »

Social Media Policy

Recent Tribunal decisions shows importance of a Social Media Policy. A pub Manager was found to be fairly dismissed for gross misconduct by a Tribunal. The manager was in breach of her employer’s email and internet policy after posting inappropriate comments on Facebook about two customers. There was a specific reference in her employer’s policy… Read more »

2012 Extra Bank Holiday Announced

Tuesday 5 June 2012 will be a bank holiday to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The late May bank holiday has been moved to Monday 4 June to allow for a 4 day break.

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 »