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Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We can advise you of significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. As always, we will be focused on how the law will affect your workplace in practice, so that you can be best equipped to deal with any changes.

National Minimum Wage - increase

28 September 2010 by Nicola Brown

The National Minimum Wage increases on Friday 1 October 2010. The rates will be as follows: £5.93 per hour for workers aged 21 and over (a 2.2% increase on the current £5.80 rate); £4.92 per hour for 18-20 year olds (a 1.9% increase on the current £4.83 rate); and £3.64 per hour for 16-17... read more »

Can someone be off sick while they're on holiday?

10 August 2010 by Nicola Brown

Now that the summer holiday season is underway, we have received a number of queries about what happens if someone is off sick during a period of annual leave. The law in this area has changed and has left many employers unsure about their position. So if you have an employee whose holiday is... read more »

Can someone carry over unused holiday when they are off sick?

10 August 2010 by Nicola Brown

The question of what happens to holiday when an employee is off sick is separate, but related, to the question of what happens when an employee is off sick when on holiday. However, there have been recent developments in this area too. We have known for some time that employees continue to accrue... read more »

LinkedIn: an employer’s friend or foe?

10 August 2010 by Nicola Brown

LinkedIn is a website specifically for professional networking. While many employers still do not allow staff to access social networking sites during working hours, because LinkedIn has a business context it is often permitted where other sites such as Facebook are not.   LinkedIn has business benefits: it raises profile and creates wide communities... read more »

Goodbye Default Retirement Age

10 August 2010 by Nicola Brown

You cannot have missed the fact that the Government have announced the demise of the Default Retirement Age (DRA) – it has attracted significant media attention, and rightly so, as it will affect huge numbers of people. The plan is to remove the DRA from 1 October 2011. In practice this means that the last... read more »

Equality Act date: the latest

8 July 2010 by Nicola Brown

Following our update on 17 June 2010 the Government have now confirmed that the original implementation date for the Equality Act will stand: “The first wave of implementation of the Equality Act will go ahead to the planned October timetable following the publication of the first commencement order in Parliament next... read more »

Exploding employment law myths

8 July 2010 by Nicola Brown

We often hear from clients and contacts about employment law myths – sometimes they come from employees who think they know their rights, but sometimes they come from mistaken employers. We want to set the record straight! “Restrictive covenants aren’t worth the paper they’re written on” We’ve come across both employers and employees that think... read more »

Be on your guard: Employment Tribunal claims up 56%

8 July 2010 by Nicola Brown

The Tribunal Annual statistics for 2009/10 have just been published. So, have the new disciplinary and grievance procedures encouraged early resolution of disputes as hoped?  What effect has the recession had? Well, the headline figure shows a 56% increase from last year in the number of claims accepted by Employment Tribunals  - they are... read more »

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