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13th October 2009

Automatic enrolment in pension schemes will start in 2012

The Department of Work and Pensions has announced that the requirement for the employers to automatically enrol employees in pension schemes and also make a contribution will come into force from October 2012, rather than in 18 months as previously proposed.
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13th October 2009

Employee guilty of theft for turning CCTV off

In Sodexho Defence Services v Steele an employee was seen on CCTV to be turning it off. There was then a substantial cash shortage on the till. The Employment Appeal Tribunal held that the employer could infer from those facts that the employee was guilty of theft.
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13th October 2009

Right to confidentiality will be removed for genetic diseases

Updated General Medical Council guidance on confidentiality requires doctors to share information about patients with genetic diseases with their relatives, even if the patient objects. The Guidelines suggest that a doctor firstly should speak to a patient and get his express consent before…
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13th October 2009

Unfair dismissal claims increase

Employment Tribunal Statistics for 2008/2009 showed major increases in claims for unfair dismissal – up 20%. There are also increases in breach of contract claims – up 31% and redundancy pay, which is up 48%. Statistics for 2007/2008 showed that claims for failure to inform and consult on a…
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19th October 2009

Government announced details of new rights for agency workers

The Government announced on 15 October 2009 that new law on agency workers rights will come into force in the UK in October 2011, i.e. at the end of that period member states are allowed to implement the EU Agency Workers Directive. The draft regulations are now available and consultation will run…
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