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10th December 2012

Refusing to recruit TU reps is OK

In Miller and others v Interserve Industrial Services Ltd UKEAT/0244/12 the EAT has dismissed the appeal of three trade union members who claimed that they had been refused employment on the grounds of their union membership contrary to section 137(1) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations…
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10th December 2012

No discrimination when talking about retirement

In Quick v Cornwall Council and another ET/1701914/11 an Employment Tribunal has confirmed that  age-related comments made to the claimant during the course of her employment, including comments about her retirement plans were not discriminatory, but were instead reasonable in the context of…
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10th December 2012

Changes to CRB Checks

On 1 December 2012, theProtection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Disclosure and Barring Service Transfer of Functions) Order 2012 came into force.  The Order creates the Disclosure and Barring Service and the following changes to terminology: • A standard CRB check has become a standard DBS check. • An…
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10th December 2012

Tribunal Awards from 1 February 2013

From 1 February 2013 the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will be £74,200 and the maximum amount of a week's pay (for unfair dismissal and statutory redundancy calculations) will be £450 (the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2012 (SI 2012/3007).
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10th December 2012

Statutory Payment Changes

The government announced in its Autumn Statement that Statutory sick pay, statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay and statutory adoption pay will be increased by 1% a year for three years from April 2013.
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10th December 2012

Employee-Owner Consultation Published

The government has published its consultation on employee-ownership arrangements and confirmed that it is going ahead with the plans despite 93% of the respondents to the consultation giving negative or mixed feedback. The following changes to the proposals have been confirmed: • Employee owner…
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12th December 2012

No Equality for Volunteers

In X v. Mid-Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau and Another [2012] SC 59 the Supreme Court has held that volunteers are not covered by Article 3(1)(a) of the Framework Directive and therefore are afforded no protection from discrimination. X’s contention (which was supported by the Equality and Human…
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18th December 2012

Auto-enrolment update: 2013 /14

The DWP has announced new earnings bands for auto-enrolment for the next tax year, which will mean that less workers need to be auto-enrolled. The proposed bands are subject to Parliamentary approval but are likely to be accepted, as follows: - £9,440 – for the automatic enrolment earnings…
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19th December 2012

Redundancy talks period halved

The 90-day consultation period before large-scale redundancies can take place is to be cut to 45 days, the government says. BBC News Article
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