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Archives: December 2013

Looking ahead – employment law changes in 2014

What is coming up in 2014? Below is a brief look at some of the things to expect in the new year.

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TUPE reforms – storm in a tea cup?

In an attempt to address the underlying problems with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE 2006), the government has now published its third and final proposals for amendment.

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Shared parental leave – a move towards equality?

Shared parental leave is a topic typically met with hesitancy and scepticism, notably from employers concerned about increased flexibility affecting their ability to hire fixed maternity cover and the risks associated with an inability to police the proposed system.

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‘Ignorance defence’ – employers must form their own judgment

Under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 an employer can defend claims of disability discrimination on the basis that it did not, and could not reasonably be expected, to know that an employee was disabled.

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Employees have an absolute right to choose their companion at a grievance/disciplinary hearing

All workers have the right to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing by a colleague or union representative if they make a reasonable request.

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THINK! Government’s drink driving campaign focuses on the risk to employment

The government has launched its annual drink-driving campaign and this year’s focus is the impact a criminal record may have on employment prospects. The campaign states that millions risk losing their job or face difficulty getting work if they drink and drive this Christmas.

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Calling the ‘love police’ – can we ban workplace romances? Well you can try…

With the office party season approaching, when a few drinks can turn a workplace flirtation into a fully-fledged romance, employers should consider their approach to relationships at work.

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Is there a north/south divide when it comes to views on zero hours contracts?

London HR professionals appear significantly more likely to back the use of zero hours contracts than similar professionals outside the south east of England.

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