Summary of forthcoming changes

Here  is an outline list of eight employment law related changes (and non-changes) announced by the Government due in the near future.  The last three are of sufficient general importance to merit separate consideration – provided by separate posts (see links below). The outline list is as follows: 1.  Time off to Train The Government has now announced that this right…

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Can employers issue redundancy notices for over 65s before 6 April?

Based on Government announcements made in January this year and corresponding ACAS guidance, the almost universally held view was that employers needed to act before 6 April in order to issue notices to employees who are 65 or over to retire on or before the deadline for abolition of the default retirement age on 6…

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Dismissal for religious belief or how that belief is manifested?

The Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations 2003 (now part of the Equality Act 2010) were introduced, as the name suggests, to protect against discrimination on the grounds of religion or a belief system. In Power -v- Greater Manchester Police Authority the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered the dismissal of Mr Power, a committed spiritualist, who worked…

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Does the birth of twins create double parental leave?

Well, it’s a straightforward question with a predictable answer. However, it’s got as far as the Court of Justice of the European Communities (formerly the European Court of Justice). The decision of the European Court includes in its summary the delightfully philosophical question “what is the meaning of birth?”! Mrs Chatzi was employed at a…

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It turns on the words – “theft of money” or “loss of money”

Celebi -v- Scolarest Compass Group UK & Ireland Limited is a decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal which emphasises the importance for employers of ensuring that they use the right terminology when taking disciplinary action against employees. The case is also a good example of how an apparently straightforward dismissal can keep an employer occupied…

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New compensation limits from 1 February

Under the annual index-linked formula new limits for unfair dismissal compensation, redundancy payments and other awards come into effect on 1 February. The main changes are as follows: the limit on a week’s pay for calculating redundancy payments and the basic award for unfair dismissal increases from £380 to £400; the maximum compensatory award for…

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