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11th March 2011

Exceptions to age discrimination ban in services and public functions

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has launched a consultation to identify specific exceptions to the prohibition of age discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 in the provision of services and the exercise of public functions, and by private clubs and other associations. The consultation…
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11th March 2011

Equal pay claims can proceed in civil courts if in interests of justice

The High Court has held that civil courts have jurisdiction to hear equal pay proceedings, even when they are, "more conveniently disposed of" by an employment tribunal within the meaning of section 2(3) of the Equal Pay Act 1970. A court should allow claims to proceed in circumstances where to do…
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11th March 2011

Court of Appeal view of strike ballot and notification rules

The Court of Appeal has discharged two injunctions against strike action by rail unions. In doing so it has encouraged courts to adopt a "likely and workable" construction of the statutory requirements on strike ballots and notifications, and has expressly supported a general "de minimis" exception…
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18th March 2011

Trap for the unwary when settling employment claims

HMRC are proposing to limit the tax concession currently granted to employees on the termination of their employment, namely that their legal costs may be paid by the employer free of tax, to cases involving a court or tribunal costs order, or a formal compromise agreement complying with section…
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31st March 2011

Tax increase for employees with luxury company cars

Company cars with a list price over £80,000 will next week be subject to increased tax charges. Tax and national insurance contributions are currently paid on company cars with reference to the car's list price, with a cap of £80,000. This cap will be removed on 6 April 2011, meaning drivers of…
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31st March 2011

Apprenticeships Learning Act 2009,

Pursuant to the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009, as of 6 April 2011, an apprenticeship agreement must be in a "prescribed form". Unfortunately, however, complying with this requirement will prove somewhat difficult, since the form is, apparently, unlikely to be prescribed…
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31st March 2011

Employer's liability for discriminatory acts of agency workers

The EAT has handed down guidance for Employment Tribunals in relation to discrimination claims brought by employees for acts committed by agency workers. The EAT stated that if an Employment Tribunal is considering whether or not an employer is liable for acts of discrimination by agency workers…
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31st March 2011

The Bribery Act 2010 will come into force on 1 July 2011

The Ministry of Justice yesterday published its guidance about procedures commercial organisations can put in place to prevent persons associated with them from bribing. The publication commences a three-month grace period for organisations to familiarise themselves with the guidance and implement…
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