Employment law

Antenatal rights for fathers 2014

Antenatal rights for fathers begin 1 October 2014: are you ready?

October sees the introduction of brand new antenatal rights for fathers to take time off work to accompany a pregnant woman to see a midwife or...

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Tribunal watch: £10,000 award for underpaid agency worker

15 Sep 2014

An employment tribunal has awarded a temporary agency worker over £10,000 after she was not paid the same after 12...

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Tribunal claims remain dramatically down for third consecutive quarter

11 Sep 2014

Employment tribunal receipts continue to record a dramatic year-on-year decline, according to the latest round of quarterly statistics from the...

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Scottish referendum: what would a “yes” vote mean for employment law in Scotland?

10 Sep 2014

With not long to go until the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September, attention remains focused on currency, economics and...

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Chuka Umunna. Photo: Ray Tang/REX

Labour government would scrap “unfair” employment tribunal system

9 Sep 2014

A Labour government would completely reform the employment tribunal system the party has announced.
Speaking at the TUC Congress in...

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Back to school: Top 10 tips for employers at the start of the new term

8 Sep 2014

With the sand finally gone from between your toes and the flip flops banished to the back of the wardrobe,...

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Tribunal watch: £37,000 discrimination award to former Met PC Carol Howard

8 Sep 2014

An employment tribunal has awarded a policewoman more than £37,000 after finding that the Metropolitan Police committed race and sex...

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How to manage large-scale redundancies and keep staff onside

4 Sep 2014

Responsibility for managing large-scale redundancies often lies with HR managers, but – as the recent case at Microsoft demonstrates –...

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Early conciliation being used by 1,600 people per week

3 Sep 2014

Early conciliation is being used by around 1,600 people per week, according to statistics from Acas released today.
In its...

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Ford's workforce in the relevant part of the business was 8.9% women in 2013. REX/Action Press

Ford justifies generous maternity pay while offering only statutory paternity pay

3 Sep 2014

Ford has successfully defended its policy of paying...

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Top 10 HR questions in August 2014: enhanced paternity pay, fixed-term contracts and TUPE

Top 10 HR questions in August 2014: enhanced parental pay, fixed-term contracts and TUPE

3 Sep 2014

If an employer pays enhanced maternity pay, must it also enhance pay to employees on shared parental leave? This seems...

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Tribunal watch: EE call centre manager unfairly dismissed after worker kicked unconscious

2 Sep 2014

An employment tribunal ruling has revealed a Darlington call centre’s culture of practical jokes, which culminated in a worker being...

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Business and equalities minister Jo Swinson. Photo: REX/Steve Back

Lib Dems promise six weeks’ paternity leave

1 Sep 2014

The Liberal Democrats would give fathers four weeks’ extra paternity leave under manifesto plans announced at the weekend.
Fathers are...

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Key tips for avoiding errors when drafting restrictive covenants

29 Aug 2014

Restrictive covenants are one of the key weapons in the fight against unlawful competition by former employees. Drafting enforceable restrictions...

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Shared parental leave: Darren Newman looks at the basics

29 Aug 2014

Consultant editor Darren Newman provides an overview of the new right to shared parental leave and suggests that, while the...

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