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National minimum wage increases to £7.50 per hour

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From 1st April 2017 the main rate of the national minimum wage rises to £7.50 per hour. The rate for workers aged 21 – 24 is £7.05 per hour. The rate for workers aged 16 – 17 has increased to £4.05 per hour. Workers aged 18-20 will receive £5.60 per hour minimum. The apprentice rate (if […]

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Pension – automatic enrolment

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The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, including enrolling those who are eligible into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. This is called ‘automatic enrolment’ because it is automatic for staff – they don’t have to do anything to be […]

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Flexible working requests

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Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, eg having flexible start and finish times, or working from home. All employees have the legal right to request flexible working – not just parents and carers. This is known as ‘making a statutory application’. Employees must have worked for the same employer […]

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Fees introduced to Employment Tribunals

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From 29th July this year Claimants have paid a fee to lodge a claim in the Employment Tribunals, and this is expected to reduce the number of claims to these heavily oversubscribed tribunals by at least 25%. The union Unison has been given permission to seek a judicial review of the introduction of fees for workers […]

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ACAS Early Conciliation

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From 1st April 2014, anyone thinking about making an employment tribunal claim has been required to contact Acas first. Acas has then offered Early Conciliation to try and resolve the dispute quickly and cost effectively. The employee claimant (or employer claimant) is required to complete an Early Conciliation request form. The limitation period for bringing […]

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Parental leave

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The Parental Leave Directive (2010/18/EU) (PDF format, 743K) (on the Europa website) repeals and replaces the Parental Leave Directive (96/34/EC). The permitted period of parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child increases from three to four months, and at least one of the four months will not be transferable between parents. Parental leave is […]

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Massive drop in Employment Tribunal claims

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The number of cases taken to employment tribunals has fallen by 70% since fees were introduced, a 2016 government review has found. Unions called for the fees of up to £950 to be scrapped, saying the slump in claims mostly affected low-paid women. The review said the introduction of fees had dramatically changed how workplace […]

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