Latest Legal News

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The Government's decision to abolish, with effect from 6 April 2014, the statutory sick pay (SSP) percentage threshold scheme, whereby employers could, in certain circumstances, reclaim SSP paid to employees absent through ill health, will have a particular...
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A 61-year-old local authority employee, who received a lower redundancy payment than younger workers with the same length of service because she was over the state pension age that applied at the time, has succeeded in her age discrimination claim ( Heron v...
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The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is seeking views from interested parties in order to report on its remit from the Government with regard to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates that should apply from October 2015. The LPC has been requested to: monitor,...
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From 30 June 2014, all employees have the right to ask their employer for a change to their contractual terms and conditions of employment so that they can work flexibly, provided they have worked for their employer for 26 weeks continuously by the date on...
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Under Section 4A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), employers had a duty to make reasonable adjustments if a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) placed a disabled worker at a substantial disadvantage compared with persons without a...
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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which was introduced to Parliament on 25 June 2014, contains several measures aimed at reducing barriers to business innovation and growth. The Bill is wide ranging. Employment measures include: ...
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The dangers of leaving the details of negotiations to those interested in the 'big picture' have been clearly illustrated by a Court of Appeal decision which has left North East ratepayers severely out of pocket ( Newcastle International Airport Limited v...
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In a long-running case concerning an employer's obligations to consult with employee representatives when making collective redundancies ( United States of America v Nolan ), the Court of Appeal sought guidance from the Court of Justice of the European...
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts next Thursday, with England’s first match, against Italy, due to kick off at 11pm on Saturday, 14 June. Employers should ensure that they have policies in place to deal with any issues that may arise and that these are...
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A security company has been fined for breaches of health and safety law after a security guard died as a result of inhaling carbon monoxide fumes from a petrol generator. Arthur Ebirim, 45, from south east London, was overcome by the killer gas in October...