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David McRae Posted 25th September 2014 at 10:51am by David McRae

Tribunals must order equal pay audits

A legislative update in 2013 allowed tribunals to be given the power to order an equal pay audit when the employer committed an equal pay breach.

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Tribunals must order equal pay audits
David McRae Posted 25th September 2014 at 10:44am by David McRae

Unfair dismissal protection extended for military reservists

Following the government’s consultation on the future of the UK’s Reserve Forces (the Territorial Army, Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve and Royal Auxiliary Air Force), further employment protection has been given to military reservists.

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Unfair dismissal protection extended for military reservists
David McRae Posted 25th September 2014 at 10:42am by David McRae

Antenatal rights to time off for partners of pregnant women

From 1 October a prospective father or the spouse, civil partner or partner of a pregnant woman will be entitled to unpaid time off to attend up to two antenatal appointments.

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Antenatal rights to time off for partners of pregnant women
David McRae Posted 25th September 2014 at 10:41am by David McRae

National minimum wage increases

The standard adult rate of the national minimum wage will increase on 1 October 2014 from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour, following the Low Pay Commission's recommendations to the government.

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National minimum wage increases
David McRae Posted 25th September 2014 at 10:39am by David McRae

Employment law changes in October 2014

2014 has already been a year for important employment law changes, such as the introduction of ACAS early conciliation and an extension of the right to request flexible working. October brings us four new updates, including changes to the national minimum wage.

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Employment law changes in October 2014
Gillian Cumming Posted 18th September 2014 at 09:21am by Gillian Cumming

Countdown to Shared Parental Leave – Expert Comments

Employees whose Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC) is on or after 5 April 2015 may be eligible for Shared Parental Leave.

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Countdown to Shared Parental Leave – Expert Comments
Gillian Cumming Posted 18th September 2014 at 09:17am by Gillian Cumming

Countdown to Shared Parental Leave

This month marks the beginning of the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) for employees whose Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC) is on or after 5 April 2015.

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Countdown to Shared Parental Leave
David Reid Posted 15th September 2014 at 11:00am by David Reid

Exclusivity clauses to be banned in zero hours contracts

The business secretary, Vince Cable, has announced proposals that exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts will become void and unenforceable.

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Exclusivity clauses to be banned in zero hours contracts
David Reid Posted 15th September 2014 at 10:58am by David Reid

New employment tribunal statistics released

The Ministry of Justice has released the statistics for employment tribunals for April to June 2014.

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New employment tribunal statistics released
David Reid Posted 15th September 2014 at 10:57am by David Reid

Compensation for hurt to feelings increased

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that a Court of Appeal decision that there should be a 10% uplift for general damages in civil claims made after 1 April 2013 applies to discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal.

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Compensation for hurt to feelings increased