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Author Archives: Davis Blank Furniss

Employment Law Newsletter – January 2012

Welcome to January’s edition of our employment law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law, and informing you of recent case law developments. Consultation launched on Tribunal fee structures The Ministry of Justice launched a consultation …

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New rates of statutory maternity pay and sick pay announced

The proposed rates for statutory sick pay and statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay for 2012 have been announced. The rates expected to come into force on 9 April 2012 are: •Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Additional Paternity, Adoption Pay and Maternity …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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Davis Blank Furniss Advises on Major Care Home Deal

Davis Blank Furniss – the Manchester based law firm – has advised its client Step Forward (Nottingham Ltd) on the sale of two specialist care homes in Nottinghamshire to Belle Care Services Ltd for an undisclosed sum. The homes – …

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Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011

These Regulations came into force on 1st August 2011 and set out the circumstances in which the work provisions in the Equality Act 2010 apply to seafarers working on UK ships and hovercraft.  In accordance with these Regulations, differential treatment …

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Agency Workers Regulations 2010

The Agency Workers (Amendment) Regulations 2011 have been laid before Parliament, which correct drafting errors contained in the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.  The revised Regulations are due to come into force on 1st October 2011. In addition, the Department for …

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Employment Newsletter – September 2011

Welcome to September’s edition of our employment law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law, and informing you of recent case law developments. Agency Workers Regulations 2010 The Agency Workers (Amendment) Regulations 2011 have been laid …

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