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Apr
19
2010

Volcanic Ash - a good reason for an extended holiday?
#Employment

Lots of people are currently enjoying an extended holiday thanks to the effect volcanic ash has had on flights in and out of the country. However, the problem raises various issues for employers regarding holiday and pay....

Apr
14
2010

Or perhaps yellow is your colour? The Lib Dems Employment Pledges
#Employment

Following on from yesterdays blog, the Liberal Democrats have now set out their 2010 election manifesto....

Apr
13
2010

Red or Blue? You decide.
#Employment

Over the past two days, the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have published their manifestos, containing the pledges they promise to make if their party is voted into power following the genral election on 6 May 2010....

Apr
07
2010

BA accused of "union busting" by academics
#Employment

The withdrawal of valuable travel perks by BA for striking cabin crew and the hard hitting comments of Chief Executive Willie Walsh that once lost, they will never be restored, serve to confirm that the current industrial dispute appears to be rather different from previous disputes involving BA staff, including cabin crew. A group of 95 academics say in a letter to the Guardian that Willie Walsh`s actions and comments can only be explained as an attempt to "break" the union, something which BA strongly denies. UNITE say BA are victimising strikers for taking part in lawful industrial action and that they are taking legal advice, not for the first time in this dispute....

Apr
07
2010

Employers must consider whether Jobcentre vacancies can be advertised as available for flexible or part-time working
#Employment

The Government has released its response to the Family Friendly Taskforce report, which was published last month, noting that employers need more help realising the benefits of flexible working to their business....

Apr
07
2010

Christian Nurse refusing to remove crucifix at work loses discrimination claim
#Employment

A Christian nurse, who was moved to a desk job after refusing to remove her crucifix while at work, has lost her discrimination claim....

Apr
07
2010

Will fit notes reduce absence levels in the workplace?
#Employment

Only 22% of employers believe that the introduction of Statements of Fitness for Work, commonly known as "Fit Notes", will reduce levels of absence in their workplace. This was the finding of a survey of 1,400 private and public sector employers conducted by Kronos, the workforce management consultancy....

Apr
07
2010

Employees to be protected from caste discrimination
#Employment

Observers argue that caste based discrimination is a serious problem facing Asian communities in the UK. A report published by the Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance found that more than half of those from traditionally lower-status Asian backgrounds have found themselves victims of prejudice and abuse. Nine per cent of respondents felt that they had been passed over for promotion and ten per cent said that they had been paid less because of their caste. A further five per cent said they had experienced threatening behaviour because of their caste....

Apr
07
2010

Lessons from Lulu the Dog
#Employment

The case of BSkyB Limited v EDS (now HP Enterprise Services UK Limited) was not under the radar of employment lawyers or HR professionals as, on the face of it, it seemed to have no relevance in the employment sphere. However, the judgment released in January 2010, which I am told by my colleagues in our Commercial and Technology department was awaited with bated breath in the IT sector, raises some interesting and topical employment themes which serve to encourage organisations to review their recruitment procedures....

Apr
07
2010

Budget 2010 - Key issues for HR
#Employment

Budget 2010 - Key issues for HR Confirmation that the government is considering scrapping the default retirement age or raising it - a final decision is expected in the summer. The national minimum wage will rise from the current £5.80 an hour in October by 2.2 per cent to £5.93 an hour....

Apr
06
2010

Whistle-blowing
#Employment

The EAT has held in the case of BP plc v Elstone, that a worker, in bringing a claim for whistle-blowing against its current employer, need not have been employed by them at the time of making the protected disclosure....

Apr
06
2010

Spring has Sprung! New legislation in force
#Employment

Change is in the air (as well as pollen!). No less than 8 new pieces of employment legislation are now in force as of 6 April 2010. Some will have a more immediate impact than others:...

Mar
30
2010

Knowledge of Discrimination
#Employment

In Taylor v XLN Telecom, it was confirmed that in assessing an award for injury to feelings there is no requirement for the employee to prove he had knowledge of the act of discrimination....

Mar
29
2010

Agency Workers Regulations - an overview
#Employment

The final form of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 ("the Regulations") was laid before Parliament on 21 January 2010. David Cameron has recently "prayed against" the Regulations to request that they be revoked, which will trigger a time-limited debate by Parliament and a ‘stand or fall` vote. There is no scope to amend the regulations during this process....

Mar
29
2010

Restructuring and redundancy
#Employment

Following on from the article "Trimming The Fat", the statement that "handling a restructure or any other form of cost-cutting exercise properly can go some way to help protect your reputation as a good employer and to maintain staff morale" is perhaps the most important thought to take away with you. Unfortunately, doing that properly doesn`t always come without financial outlay....

Mar
29
2010

Age discrimination survey
#Employment

Thank you to everyone who responded to Employmentbuddy`s recent survey on the default retirement age. The results made very interesting reading - 91% operate a normal retirement age, with 100% of these having a normal retirement age of 65....

Mar
29
2010

Separate Incidents of Discrimination
#Employment

In the case of Aziz v FDA, the Tribunal looked at whether separate acts of discrimination over different periods of time formed part of the same continuing act, in order for the various claims to be submitted in time....

Mar
29
2010

Mergers & Acquisitions - an opportunity to improve employee relations or pull off some krafty moves?
#Employment

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) have been a current topic within HR and Employment Law for a long time now but the last ten years has seen far greater opportunities opening up for companies (including private equity funds etc) to make that "transforming" acquisition or merger with a rival which will deliver major financial benefits and enhance shareholder value. Of course it is a well known fact that more than 60% of mergers/acquisitions fail to achieve their planned objectives. One major contributory factor in this has been the failure to pay sufficient attention to the people aspect of this type of change....

Mar
29
2010

Trimming the fat - the HR perspective
#Employment

From an HR perspective, the immediate prospects as the country returns to growth, albeit very limited at present, seems to suggest more of the same. However making that assumption has long term consequences as the way staff are handled can lead to poor morale, lack of cooperation and potential staff turnover. It is certainly true that as we move into what hopefully will be a period of sustained growth, retaining top talent will be a critical success factor. This cannot be taken for granted. The emphasis needs to be on improving productivity as hopefully, export led increases in production become more widespread....

Mar
26
2010

Holiday Pay Case Referred
#Employment

The Working Time Regulations 1998 comes under the spotlight again in the case of British Airways Plc v Williams and Ors. The pilots in this case argued that they should have received flying allowances on top of their basic pay when on annual leave....

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