National Minimum Wage increases announced

The Government has settled on the rates of National Minimum Wage, as proposed by the Independent Low Pay Commission, to come into effect on 1 October 2013. The announcement had been delayed for a month, prompting speculation that the Government might freeze the rates but Business Secretary Vince Cable said that he was confident that…

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Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Act becomes law – dotted with various employment law reforms

On 25 April 2013, the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Act became law, on receiving Royal Assent. It is an enormous Act and, quite frankly, a thorough hotch-potch. There are Parts covering the UK Green Investment Bank, abolition of the Competition Commission, laws concerning cartels, the appointment of bankruptcy adjudicators, copyright law and rules concerning estate…

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the Queen’s Speech and LLPs

Delivered with all the traditional pomp and ceremony that one would expect the Queen’s Speech was made to the combined Houses of Parliament on 8 May, setting out the Government’s legislative programme for the coming year. Probably of greatest interest to lawyers and other professionals is the removal of the presumption of self-employed status for…

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is obesity a disability in the context of discrimination?

It was a mistake, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held in Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing Ltd, for an Employment Tribunal to say that a claimant was not disabled because there was no identifiable or recognisable pathological or mental cause for his “constellation of symptoms”. The Tribunal had been wrong to concentrate on the fact…

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