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17th January 2013

BA Crucifix Case - Religious Discrimination

The European Court of Human Rights has held in Ewieda and Chaplin v. UK that the UK does not do enough to require employers to balance the human rights of employees against business interests. The court found that BA had discriminated Ms Nadia Ewieda unlawfully by refusing to allow her to continue…
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17th January 2013

Employment agency reform - the government's new proposals

The government has issued a consultation paper on reforming the regulatory framework for employment agencies and employment businesses. This follows the government's Employment Law Review and the Red Tape Challenge which identified that reform is needed to ensure that the law in this area is fit…
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24th January 2013

Lower cap for unfair dismissal payouts

The current compensation limit for unfair dismissal is £72,300 – due to rise to £72,400 in February. However under new proposals, the award will be capped at the lower of one year's pay and the existing limit. This means that, subject to parliamentary approval, an employee who earns £35,000…
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24th January 2013

Government scheme to tackle long-term sickness absence

Last week the government unveiled a new scheme to tackle long-term sickness absence in the workplace. It is part of the Government's response to the 2011 report "The health at work - Independent review of sickness absence". The scheme takes on a number of recommendations in the report, which was…
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24th January 2013

New code on settlement agreements

Acas is due to release a new statutory code of practice on settlement agreements, which were introduced by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (“the Reform Bill”). Settlement agreements are a re-named and repackaged version of the ‘compromise agreements’ currently in use. Where an…
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