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5th October 2012

Auto-enrolment - the DWP Campaign

The Pensions Act 2008 (as amended) brings new duties for UK employers regarding auto-enrolment of pensions. The legislation came into force on 30 June 2012 and requires businesses to automatically enrol its eligible workers in a pension scheme and pay minimum pension contributions for these…
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5th October 2012

An LLP member is not a worker

The Court of Appeal has ruled in the case of Clyde & Co LLP v. Van Winkelhof [2012] EWCA Civ 1207 that an LLP member is not a ‘worker’ within the Employment Rights Act 1996 definition. In this case, the claimant, Ms. Bates, was not in a subordinate position to her employer due to the nature of…
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5th October 2012

Restrictive Covenants: Reminder

In Patsystems Holding Ltd v Neilly [2012] EWHC 2609 (QB) the High Court has stressed that reasonableness of a restrictive covenant must be judged at the time it was entered into, not at the time when the employer sought to enforce it. A subsequent change of circumstances, such as a promotion, could…
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5th October 2012

Stakeholder pension designation requirements repealed on 1 October 2012

The obligation on UK employers of 5 or more employees to designate and provide access to a stakeholder pension scheme was abolished on 1 October 2012. Please let us know if you would like to amend any pensions clauses in your employment contracts in light of the change and contact us for advice on…
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8th October 2012

Owner-employee Schemes Revealed

The government has announced plans for "owner/employee" schemes with favourable tax treatment for shares rather than employment rights.  The press release can be found here http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/press_91_12.htm  We will update you on the news relating to employment law reform shortly.
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