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  • Has technology really levelled the playing field?

    Wouldn't it be great if you could go online and shop around for a better deal on your energy minister? Well, sorry, that's just not going to happen. It doesn't work like that, sir. Unless a minister was prosecuted for some reason - if they could find... 

  • EU Common Sales Law

    According to the Law Society, the European Commission is expected to issue a proposal for a Common Sales Law that would cover the whole of the EU. Whilst the new Law would want to harmonise the internal European market and increase cross border t... 

  • Tribunal claims on the wane

    According to a recent set of statistics published by the Ministry of Justice, Employment Tribunal claims over the period April 2010 to March 2011 are down by 8 per cent to 218,100. Not bad at first glance. However, when compared to 2008/9's figures, ... 

  • Ministers urge businesses to tackle employment red tape

    The next stage in the Government's Red Tape Challenge has kicked off and businesses are now being asked to tackle employment related law, bureaucracy and red tape. The focus has moved tomore than 160 different cross-Government employment related... 

  • Unfair dismissal rule changes

    Changes to the rules on unfair dismissal rules are to be brought in by the Government.Under the new rules, from 1 April 2012 the qualification period for the right to claim unfair dismissal will be extended from one to two years. The Government say t... 

  • Plans for two new Enterprise Zones

    The Government has asked the Lancashire and the Hull and Humber Local Enterprise Partnerships to develop proposals for two new Enterprise Zones following the recent announcement by BAE Systems about their sites in Brough, Warton and Samlesbury. ... 

  • Changes aim for swifter justice over workplace deaths

    The Government is seeking more health and safety prosecutions before Inquests with changes to an agreement - the Work-Related Deaths Protocol - between those who investigate and prosecute work-related deaths. 

  • Don't quote me

    Executive pay has never really left the spotlight. However, in today's straightened times, it's a very hot topic especially as executive pay of quoted companies is rising much faster than the pay of workers. And so the Government has recently publish... 

  • Negligence and dismissals

    In most cases, serious negligence could be grounds for gross misconduct. But what happens if an employee has a lucky escape and nothing results from the negligence? Will a dismissal be unfair? Sadly for employees, the answer is 'yes' according to an ... 

  • Olympic Workforce?

    With the Olympics less than a year away, employers should start thinking about writing a specific Olympics policy to deal with requests for leave as well as any unauthorised absences. Any policy written needs to handle issues such as flexible wo...