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Home Office proposals to charge a £3,000 deposit to "high risk" visitors

The UK is to pilot a scheme where visitors from countries who have a “high risk” of overstaying in the UK will be asked to deposit £3,000 with the UK Border Agency (“UKBA”), to be returned to them upon their departure from the UK. If visitors overstay, then they will forfeit the £3,000 deposit sum.

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Acas response to consultation on draft statutory Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements

The much anticipated response to the consultation on the draft statutory Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements has been published by Acas. The Code will accompany the new provisions on settlement agreements which make pre-termination settlement offers inadmissible in an employment tribunal providing there has been no ‘improper behaviour’ by either one of the parties.

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ERR – what does it change?

The aim of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERRA) is to instigate greater efficiency, clarity and effectiveness into employment law. Some changes are already underway.

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Covert surveillance: to use or not to use?

In the case of City and County of Swansea v Gayle the EAT has allowed the Respondent’s appeal against a finding of unfair dismissal where the Respondent employer had secretly filmed the employee outside a sports centre when he should have been at work.

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Huge costs award against unrepresented claimant of little means, despite absence of costs warning

In Vaughan v London Borough the EAT has upheld a costs award of around £87,000 against an unrepresented claimant with limited means, on the basis that her claims of discrimination and whistleblowing were misconceived.

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In the course of employment?

The EAT has confirmed in O’Brien v London Borough Of Haringey that a teacher on a trip to Gambia during school holidays, as part of an initiative to forge links with overseas schools, was acting “in the course of her employment”.

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New employment tribunal rules – help or hindrance?

The new employment tribunal rules of procedure were published earlier this week and are due to come into force on 29 July 2013, the same date that fees are introduced into the employment tribunal.

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