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Archives: September 2015

Immigration Bill – “Widening the net”

Following the Queen’s speech on 27 May 2015, the Government has now laid its Immigration Bill before Parliament. The Bill implements policies set out in the Conservative Party manifesto, together with proposals in David Cameron’s post-election speech on immigration.

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Make this your ‘Go Home on Time Day’

Today (23 September 2015) is ‘Go Home on Time Day’, a campaign set up by the Working Families charity to raise awareness for the need for a better work-life balance for everyone.

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Embracing change: Top tips for helping your employees achieve a work-life balance

For over a year now employees have had the right to request flexible working for any reason whatsoever. Whilst employers can ultimately reject such requests on business grounds, many are starting to embrace new ways of working in the knowledge that this can lead to a happier and more productive workforce.

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What is the scope of HR’s role when an employee is being disciplined?

In Ramphal v Department for Transport, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found there was sufficient evidence to suggest that the employer’s HR advisors had improperly influenced the decision of the dismissing officer, thereby rendering the dismissal of the employee potentially unfair.

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Time spent travelling to and from work may count as working time

The European Court of Justice decision handed down today (10 September), decreeing that time spent travelling to and from work counts as working time for some employees, could have a significant impact for employers.

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Breach of contract claims in the employment tribunal are not limited to six year time limit (five years in Scotland)

In the case of Grisanti v NBC News Worldwide an employment tribunal has ruled that the six year time limit applicable to breach of contract actions in the civil courts (five years in Scotland) does not apply to breach of contract claims brought in the employment tribunal.

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Abolition of employment fees and extending the equality duty

The Scottish government has published its programme for 2015-2016: “A Stronger Scotland”. The programme sets out the policies, actions and legislation which it intends to take forward in the next year.

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“Mind the gap”

According to the Office for National Statistics, women on average still earn 19.1 per cent less than men. The Government has decided that the current voluntary duty to report gender pay gaps must now become obligatory in order to rid UK businesses of the inequality in pay.

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