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Ignorance of apprenticeship legislation could result in a £2,500 a day fine

Small businesses risk a £39.2m bill as a result of confusion over apprenticeship legislation, it has been claimed. Businesses have been warned they face a legal minefield if they are unaware of the requirements of taking on new apprentices. However, the organisation has warned that companies risk a fine of £2,500 for each day they […]

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RPI-linked compensation limits to fall in 2010

The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal falls from £66,200 to £65,300; The maximum guarantee payment payable to an employee in respect of any day under S.31(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (where the employee would normally work, but no work is provided) falls from £21.50 to £21.20. The new limits apply when the […]

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Pre-Employment Health Questionnaire potential ban

The House of Lords recently added a clause to the Equality Bill that will potentially ban pre-employment health questionnaires. With less than 4 in 10 recruiters willing to employ people with mental health conditions it is surprising to hear that companies, campaign groups and the HR community are broadly in favour of this amendment. As […]

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Eye tests for commercial drivers

As recently reported in the CIPD People Management magazine, the results of a poll of 2,000 organisations by Specsavers Opticians found that 78% of employers were unaware of the recent development in legislation passed by the EU parliament that will come into force in 2011. These require commercial driving license holders to have eye tests […]

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Scottish Crackdown on Illegal workers

Since the legislation came into force in April 2008 Scottish companies have been fined a total of £670,000 for employing illegal workers. Most employers are aware that it is an offence to employ anyone who does not have the appropriate permission to work in the UK. Ensuring that all employee are legally able to work […]

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Employees Can’t Be On Holiday If They’re Ill

A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) states that employees who go on sick leave during a period of annual leave should be allowed to reschedule their holidays, even if that results in annual leave entitlement being carried forward into a new holiday year. The ruling follows the House of Lord’s judgment […]

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Holiday Pay for Long Term Sick

The House of Lords has ruled that employees can accrue annual leave and other benefits when they are on long-term sick leave. In a long-awaited judgment, the law lords agreed with the previous decision of the European Court of Justice that workers on sick leave should be entitled to statutory holiday pay. The ruling means […]

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Working Time Directive

In December 2008, the European Parliament voted to abolish the opt out clause to the Working Time Directive. A number of member states, including the UK, opposed the move. The collapse of recent conciliation talks between MEPs, government ministers and the European Commission means the UK will now retain the opt out, enabling UK employees […]

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Ban on Using Tips for Minimum Wage

Using tips to make up staff pay to minimum wage levels will be outlawed from October this year. The announcement follows a consultation on the use of tips, gratuities, service charges and cover charges in relation to the national minimum wage.

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Statutory Redundancy Pay

From 1 October 2009, the maximum rate of a week’s pay for the calculation of statutory redundancy pay will rise to £380.  The increased weekly pay limit will also be used to calculate compensation for unfair dismissals and other claims from the same date.

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