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23rd March 2012

BIS Publishes Annual Report on Employment Law Review

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published an annual report on the progress of the government’s Employment Law Review. The report summarises the areas of employment law which will be changing or are currently under review.  The report notes that according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UK […]

13th March 2012

Pensions in the Workplace and Auto enrolment Legislation

From October 2012, changes to pension legislation will affect all employers in the UK with at least one qualifying worker Employers will need to: Automatically enrol certain workers into a pension scheme Make employer and member contributions on their behalf Register with The Pensions Regulator (‘the regulator’) Provide workers with certain information about the changes […]

5th March 2012

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the revised Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 are due to come into force on 6 April 2012. The new Regulations are being made in order to comply with a legal opinion issued by the European Commission which found the previous asbestos regulations had not fully implemented the relevant Directive. The main […]

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31st January 2012

Limits on tribunal awards to increase from 1 February 2012

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2011, which comes into force on 1st February 2012, increases the limits applying to certain awards of employment tribunals, and other amounts payable under employment legislation. The figures reflect an RPI increase of 5.6% in the year to September 2011. In cases involving dismissal, the new figures will […]

26th January 2012

Anonymous CVs – The Way Forward?

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has recently revealed plans which may result in anonymous CVs becoming widely accepted by employers.  The proposal is part of a social mobility strategy, which aims to remove the old “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” culture. More than 100 UK businesses, including firms such as […]

25th January 2012

UK to implement new Parental Leave Directive in March 2013

It is understood that the new Parental Leave Directive, which increases parental leave entitlement from three to four months, is set to be implemented in March 2013. In March 2010, the EU Council of Ministers adopted a new Parental Leave Directive (the Directive), which increased parental leave entitlement from three to four months. As a […]

10th January 2012

Independent panel set up to challenge HSE inspectors advice

Businesses that believe they have been the recipients of ‘over-the-top’ advice from HSE or Local Authority (LA) inspectors can now appeal these decisions to an independent panel. The Government announced its intention to set up such a body as part of its response to the findings of the Löfstedt review in November 2011 – which […]

9th January 2012

Leeds based metal firm fined £10,000 after worker crushed

A metalworking firm has recently been prosecuted for safety failings after a maintenance engineer was crushed by a 1.5 tonne weight landing on his back. The worker suffered a broken shoulder, two cracked ribs and the tops of three vertebrae were snapped off when he was trapped between the counterweight of a large zinc galvanizing […]

13th December 2011

Pensions: Auto-enrolment Delay for Small Businesses

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that the staging dates for businesses with fewer than 50 employees to begin automatically enrolling their staff will be put back at least a year. In a statement to the House of Commons on 28 November 2011 the pensions minister Steve Webb confirmed a delay in […]