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Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We update you on significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. Our database of articles is fully searchable and covers nearly every employment law topic you can think of! Please use the search function (at the top right of the page) to find articles on the topics that interest you.

Five facts and fictions of the fixed-term workforce

19 May 2011 by Nicola Brown

Fixed term employees are often viewed by employers as being a handy, flexible resource who can be used to flesh out the permanent workforce when necessary, and then disposed of when work levels reduce.  A common use of fixed-term workers is cover for maternity leave or long term sickness absence.  Many people believe... read more »

What is a philosophical belief?

19 May 2011 by Nicola Brown

For several years now it has been unlawful to discriminate against someone on the grounds of their religion or philosophical belief.  There have been quite a few cases on discrimination on the grounds of religion, and it is usually quite clear what a religion is.  Identifying a philosophical belief has been more of... read more »

The Bribery Act 2010 - the latest

4 April 2011 by Nicola Brown

In our February ebulletin, we reported that the Bribery Act 2010 was due to come into force on 6 April 2011, but had been delayed. It will now come into force on 1 July 2011, with guidance notes and a quick start guide to assist employers understand their obligations. Announcing the guidance for the... read more »

Flexible working - the latest

21 March 2011 by Nicola Brown

Although it had been intended for some time that the right to request flexible working would be extended to cover parents and carers of all children under 18 from 6 April 2011, the Government announced on 18 March 2011 that this change would not be brought in after all. The change would only have... read more »

Flexible working changes

15 March 2011 by Nicola Brown

As you may be aware, the law on... read more »

Removal of the Default Retirement Age – the transitional provisions

15 March 2011 by Nicola Brown

After considerable confusion caused by the Government issuing a set of transitional provisions which meant that employees already over 65 could no longer be retired, whereas those reaching 65 between April and September could be,  a revised draft of the transitional provisions was issued on 1 March 2011.  These come into force on... read more »

New paternity rights - playing the trump card

15 March 2011 by Nicola Brown

The new rights to paternity leave have already begun, for some – they apply to parents of babies due on or after 3 April 2011, regardless of when the baby is born. The extension of paternity leave to a maximum of 6 months has attracted a lot of media coverage, but it is... read more »

Overcoming overpayments

15 March 2011 by Nicola Brown

The recent story of an employee who was paid £2,000,000 instead of his usual salary of £2,000 may be extreme, but overpayments of wages or expenses are by no means unusual. Overpayments can result from many different situations, but often they are a genuine error on the part of the employer. So what... read more »

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