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with prejudice

In Gallop v Newport City Council the Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an inadvertent disclosure while giving evidence that there had been “without prejudice” negotiations did not waive privilege, and a tribunal should not have taken them into account when assessing an award of compensation. The point came out of an unfair dismissal case…

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"something more" required to establish discrimination

In the 2007 case Madarassy v Nomura International the Court of Appeal remarked that: "The bare facts of a difference in status and a difference in treatment only indicate a possibility of discrimination. They are not, without more, sufficient material from which a tribunal ‘could conclude’ that, on the balance of probabilities, the respondent had…

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more about settlement agreements and compensatory awards

Proposals regarding settlement agreements from earlier this year have been fleshed out in a new government paper. Avid readers will recall talk of “protected conversations” – these seem to have died a death for now. The Government’s response to consultation seems to accept that such a concept could add to the administrative burdens on employers…

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October 2012 wage rates and contributions and the final demise of the state retirement age

As most readers are no doubt aware national minimum wage rates were subject to their usual increase on 1 October. The main rate has increased from £6.08 to £6.19. The rates for workers aged 16-17(£3.68) and 18-20 (£4.98) are unchanged this year. The apprentice rate has increased from £2.60 to £2.65 and the accommodation offset…

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new (or maybe not so new) proposals to "streamline employment law"

In our June newsletter I outlined what changes were to be expected as a result of the Government’s review of employment law. If anything, what has now emerged is an even more diluted version of what was anticipated in the sense that the proposed changes will be the subject of numerous consultations, rather than firm…

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August employment news from abroad

Welcome to the Employment Solutions Blog from Saint Martin de Gurson (a small village between Bordeaux and Bergerac in South West France). As I hope you’ll understand this month’s report is a condensed version of the usual monthly report but I hope that you find some items of interest. 1. what happens if a claimant…

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