newsletter – discrimination: religion or belief

Along with the rest of British anti-discrimination law the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 were replaced by the Equality Act 2010 with effect from 1 October 2010.  Reflecting changes originally made in 2007, the new wording ensures that any philosophical belief is covered whether or not it is “similar” to a religious belief. This…

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newsletter – working time, rest breaks and holidays

Statutes fixing wages and/or hours of work have existed in this country since the 14th century (the 1349 Ordinance of Labourers and the 1351 Statute of Labourers both made rules on the subject).  The 1998 Working Time Regulations, as amended, are therefore just the latest set of rules.  They were made only after the UK…

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newsletter – possible changes to unfair dismissal and other law following BIS review

The length of service needed to qualify for unfair dismissal rights has been changed from time to time. It started at six months when unfair dismissal was “invented” in 1971. It was increased in 1980 to one year (two years for small firms of 20 or less employees) and then to two years (for employees…

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newsletter – pay reductions

Especially when times are tough, employers sometimes seek to impose wage reductions or other substantial adverse changes to terms of employment of staff.  Of course from an employment law point of view there is generally no problem if the employees concerned agree, however reluctantly, to accept the change(s) – which of course they may well…

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