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  • Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
    Employer References – speak now or forever hold your peace…
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    Employers often contact previous employers for a reference when they are recruiting a new member of staff. Depending on how the previous employment role ended, this can lead to concern as to quite how to respond. In recent years there has been a move towards employers providing a basic factual reference (or even refusing to… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    What is a settlement agreement?
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    It is often the case an employer will suggest a settlement agreement, previously called a compromise agreement prior to 29 July 2013, to be signed by an employee whose employment is due to end, for example, as a result of redundancy. The important consideration for an employee signing a settlement agreement is to remember the… Learn more

  • Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
    Minimum wage increase
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    The Low Pay Commission’s recommendations for adult and youth National Minimum Wage were accepted earlier this year and will come into effect on 1 October 2013. The government did however reject the Low Pay Commission’s recommendation that the apprentice fee should be frozen and have instead agreed to increase the rate. The following rates will… Learn more

  • Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
    Sexual discrimination; An everyday occurrence.
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    Being treated unfairly because you are a man or a woman is called sexual discrimination. It is illegal to discriminate because of someone’s sex in: Employment Education When providing goods and services like banking or transport When dealing with housing When activities are carried out by public authorities such as the NHS or government departments,… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    Zero Hour Contracts – Are They Fair?
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    There is growing concern over the number of zero hour contracts in use within the UK as the Office of National Statistics’ assessment of 250,000 contracts is considered to be incorrect, with the real number of such contracts being closer to 1 million. Whilst 1 million such contracts still only represents a small proportion of… Learn more

  • Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
    What makes a strike legal
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    For a strike to be fair it must be an official strike endorsed by a Trade Union. The requirements for a strike to be official were tightened during the 1980s and 1990s meaning strikes are far less frequent than they use to be. Further, any strike that lasts for over 12 days will not be… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    The Apprentice v. Lord Sugar – Employment Tribunal Decision
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    You may recall from a previous blog that Stella English brought Employment Tribunal proceedings against her employer following employment gained with one of Lord Sugar’s companies after she won the BBC show ‘The Apprentice’.  Ms English’s claim was one of constructive unfair dismissal as she claimed there was no real role for her with Lord… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    Increase in Employment Vacancies
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    The BBC is reporting a 19 month high in employment vacancies opening up in the UK and it is hoped these vacancies are a sign the economy will see a continued increase in activity that may drive the country out of a difficult economic climate. The 19 month high comes as a result of 3… Learn more

  • Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
    Should there be a legal right for Bereavement Leave
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    There is currently no legal entitlement to bereavement leave. Unless your employer provides a contractual right for bereavement leave when a loved one passes away you have no right to paid or unpaid time off work.  The only entitlement is to reasonable time off to take action necessary in consequence of a death of a… Learn more

  • George Osborne to announce cuts in his Budget Statement today
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    The UK is expecting the announcement of more cuts in the chancellors Budget statement today as he tries to revive the economy. The Budget, which will be announced at 12:30pm is expected to outline cuts of up to 2% in government departments. The Chancellor intends to use this money to boost projects on infrastructure and… Learn more

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