Unfair dismissal qualifying period to increase to 2 years

Under the current legislation, employees must have been with an employer for at least one year before they can make a claim for unfair dismissal. From 6th April 2012 the Government has announced an increase in the qualifying period to 2 years. This change follows the ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’ consultation

Ensuring your staff achieve a good attendance record

Does your business have an absence problem? How much is absence costing your business? It is important to monitor just what is going on. It can cause so much disruption to the business when one member of staff phones in sick. It is therefore important to ensure that it is well

New Agency Worker Regulations

On 1st October 2011 the New Agency Worker Regulations come into force. They require that the basic working and employment conditions of agency workers are no less favourable than if the workers had been recruited directly by the hirer. The equal treatment entitlements relate to pay and other basic working

Employers beware – careless talk can cost

A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case highlights the issues with staff socialising and the careless talk and gossip that arises from the event. The case in question examined the events of a firm of solicitors Christmas Party. At this event, a female employee who was already in a personal relationship

New Equality Act – what do you need to do as an employer?

A New Equality Act was approved and published on October 1, 2010. The Equality Act put together the 116 legislation into one single act. This provides a legal framework that will protect the rights of an individual and provide equal opportunity for all. The main provisions of the act are:

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