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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Government employment law proposals formally announced

Following recent rumours, and leaked reports, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced the government’s proposals for what is claimed to be the most significant reform of employment law for decades. The main proposals are:- unfair dismissal qualifying period to increase to two years compulsory lodging of all claims through Acas, for an attempt at mediation,... Read the rest of this entry →

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Is it time to say goodbye to the “fit note”?

An independent Government-backed review into sickness absence was presented yesterday which recommends that staff should be signed off for long-term sickness absence by an independent assessment service rather than by their GP. The report has revealed that each year, 11 million employees take sick leave, which is costing the taxpayer £13 billion a year and... Read the rest of this entry →

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“Anywhere Working” consortium launched

Transport Minister Norman Baker has launched the ‘Anywhere Working’ consortium, its purpose being to enable employers to understand the benefits of flexible working.  From January 2012, a hub of resources will become available to employers, where training, trial technology and case studies will be offered, providing employers with access to the tools needed to work... Read the rest of this entry →

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Holiday Pay and Sickness Absence

Those of you who read our updates and attend our seminars will be aware that there has been a great deal of caselaw on this confusing issue.  It is clear that workers continue to accrue annual leave entitlement during sickness absence, and that they can choose to take annual leave at the same time as being... Read the rest of this entry →

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Employment Law Newsletter – November 2011

Welcome to November’s edition of our employment law newsletter, keeping you up to date with forthcoming changes to legislation and case developments. Change to unfair dismissal qualifying period The Chancellor announced at the Conservative Party conference in October that the qualifying period for unfair dismissal will be increased from one year to two years with... Read the rest of this entry →

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