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  • Zero-hour contracts – should they be outlawed?

    Sarah Parkinson

    The number of workers employed on the controversial zero-hour contracts is four times higher than officially estimated – which has really forced the issue into the limelight. However, is this just a sign of the times? At a time when many businesses face cuts, is this the best solution currently available? Whilst zero-hour contracts may […]

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  • The meaning of one establishment

    Gemma Steele

    In a redundancy situation the duty to consult with employee representatives is engaged where 20 or more redundancies are proposed at one establishment within a period of 90 days. But what does “one establishment” mean? The EAT has confirmed in the case of USDAW v Woolworths that a purposive approach should be taken in line […]

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  • 1% pay rise for teachers recommended

    Heather Mitchell

    The School Teachers’ Review Body has today recommended that pay for teachers should be increased by 1% from September 2013. This will apply to all elements of pay on the teaching and leadership pay scales, as well as for individual allowances. This proposal, and the draft School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document will go through […]

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  • Blowing the whistle in the public interest

    Gemma Steele

    A number of provisions of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 are in force tomorrow. This includes the requirement that a disclosure must be made “in the public interest” to protect a worker from detrimental treatment. This will narrow down the scope for employees to bring whistleblowing claims as an alternative to unfair dismissal. […]

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  • Draft employment tribunal fees order released

    Hayley Prescott

    The draft Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 has been released, with the aim of introducing fees for employment tribunal claims. July 2013 seems likely for its implementation. The tribunal system cost the taxpayer £84m in 2011-12. It is hoped that fees will reduce that cost. ‘Simpler’ claims, e.g. for wages, will […]

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  • Teachers say no to performance related pay

    Rachel Billen

    Teachers at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have voted unanimously to urge ministers to scrap their plans for performance related pay, and re-instate the former national pay structure. This vote comes hot on the heels of the announcement last week that the two largest teaching unions would strike later […]

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  • Unions announce autumn strike action

    Rachel Billen

    Teaching unions, the NUT and NASUWT, have announced a series of localised strikes starting in North-West England on 27th June. A “rolling programme” of action will continue into the autumn term and include a one day all-out national strike. The action is in response to government plans to change pensions and bring in performance related […]

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  • Are volunteers protected against discrimination?

    Helen Taylor

    Are volunteers protected against discrimination when asked to cease acting as a volunteer? The Supreme Court says not. An HIV positive volunteer advisor brought a claim for disability discrimination when she was asked to cease acting as a volunteer. At her interview she was told there would be no binding legal contract between her and […]

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  • Schools urged to dock teacher pay

    Heather Mitchell

    Michael Gove has written to head teachers encouraging them to take action against the ongoing ‘work to rule’. For the last 3 months, members of teaching unions NUT and NASUWT have engaged in industrial action in schools across the country. The action includes teachers refusing to cover for other staff, undertake any extra-curricular activities or […]

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  • Discrimination in Recruitment

    Helena Wootton

    The BBC reports on the personal effect of discrimination in recruitment. This serves as a reminder to businesses that an Employment Tribunal claim can come from a job applicant.  An individual can bring a claim that they have been discriminated against by: the arrangements an employer makes for offering employment – for example the application […]

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