consultation on modern workplaces – holidays

The Government issued its BIS "Modern Workplaces Consultation" on 16 May 2011 . One of the topics covered is "Working Time Regulations". Consultation closes on 8 August 2011. The introduction to this part of the consultation explains that the proposals "concern the interaction of annual leave with sick, maternity, adoption, parental, and paternity leave". Changes…

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consultation on modern workplaces – flexible working arrangements

The Government issued its BIS "Modern Workplaces Consultation" on 16 May 2011. One of the topics covered is "Flexible Working". Consultation closes on 8 August 2011. The paper gives examples (with explanations) of "flexible work" as follows: part-time; flexi-time; compressed hours; homeworking; annualised hours; term-time working; structured time off in lieu; job-sharing; and varied-hours working…

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consultation on modern workplaces – parental rights

The Government issued its BIS "Modern Workplaces Consultation" on 16 May 2011 . One of the topics covered is "Flexible Parental Leave". Consultation closes on 8 August 2011. In bare outline, the main elements in the “flexible parental leave” part of the proposals are : Initial leave rights (around the birth/adoption of a child): Maternity…

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TUPE

A key element of the TUPE Regulations provides that, where either the new or previous owner of a business dismisses an employee for a reason connected with its sale or transfer, then that dismissal will be automatically unfair. The only way the employer can avoid that result is if he can show that the dismissal…

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reporting of accidents etc. at work and elsewhere

In June 2010 the Prime Minister appointed Lord Young of Graffham to review health and safety laws and the growth of the compensation culture. Lord Young’s report “Common Sense Common Safety”, was published in October. One of the recommendations was that the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations should be amended to extend…

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sex discrimination – speculation can be taken into account

Even leading law firms can get it wrong. What do employers do if they have to make redundancies and one of the candidates has been absent on maternity leave? That gave rise to a dilemma for national solicitors’ firm Eversheds. They have lost a legal battle but it is possible that they will win the…

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