Archive: Oct 2014


  • Early Conciliation – Mediation Medication?

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    Major changes have affected the Employment Tribunal process in the last 14 months; the introduction of claimant fees in July 2013, followed by the Early Conciliation process in May 2014. Claimant fees brought about a decrease in the number of Employment Tribunal Claims, and it appears that Early Conciliation is resulting in further reductions. Statistics published this month tell us that ACAS have received over […]


  • Workers entitlements

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    The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has launched what it calls “a wide ranging employment review to help clarify and potentially strengthen the employment status of workers”. Those working through an agency might well be workers. The difference between employees and workers is terms of their employment rights are quite distinct, although the actual definition […]


  • Apprentices – Liberal Democrat Conference

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    The Business Secretary, Vince Cable will, today, outline his plan for apprentices to receive higher pay. The press release is saying that the Liberal Democrats want the apprenticeship rate to equal the rate for 16 to 18 year olds, they state that the Conservatives back the plan and that it will mean apprentices will earn […]


  • Pay Statements

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    All employers should be aware of they legal duty to provide itemised pay statements to their employees, but in a new case at the Employment Appeal tribunal it has been decided that there must be more detail than some might think. The case of Ridge v Her Majesty’s Land Registry UKEAT/0098/10/DM was taken my Mr […]


  • Conservative Conference – Employment Changes

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    Conservative Conference Closing Speech David Cameron has used his closing speech at the Conservative conference to outline changes to employment legislation that the Tories will make in a future government. Tax – he has announced that the personal tax free allowance will rise from £10,500 to £12,500 which will mean that a million more people will pay […]