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  • 26 March 2013

    Increases to statutory employment payments

    A reminder of the annual increases to statutory employment payments, taking effect from 6 and 7 April 2013. Read more

  • 6 March 2013

    Unfair redundancy selection process

    In a recent decision, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has criticised an employer for basing its redundancy selection process on competency tests.  Read more

  • 5 March 2013

    Increase to parental leave entitlement in force

    An increase to the maximum parental leave entitlement, from 13 to 18 weeks per child, takes effect from 8 March 2013.  Read more

  • 5 March 2013

    Requirement for degree was age discrimination

    Following remission from the Supreme Court, an employment tribunal has decided that the requirement for an employee to hold a law degree in order to progress up the career structure was not objectively justified and was therefore discriminatory on the grounds of age.  Read more

  • 28 February 2013

    News about divorce lawyers being greedy is “an unfair generalisation”

    A report published by the Legal Ombudsman today (28 February), entitled “The Costs of Separation”, has featured highly in today’s news.  The report found that divorce lawyers have the highest number of complaints from clients, compared with other areas of law.  The report also found that some divorce lawyers are failing to advise their clients to settle financial matters out of Court, therefore resulting in unnecessary costs. Read more

  • 14 February 2013

    Children and Families Bill published

    The Government has published its Children and Families Bill, setting out a wide range of reforms, including the introduction of shared parental leave and the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees. Read more

  • 14 February 2013

    Government proposals on ending the employment relationship

    The Government has published its response to the recent consultation, Ending the Employment Relationship, setting out its plans for amending the unfair dismissal compensatory award and proposed measures to encourage the use of ‘settlement agreements’.  ACAS has since issued its own consultation on a new Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements. Read more

  • 8 February 2013

    Proposals for “early conciliation” in employment disputes

    The Government has issued a new consultation on the requirement introduced by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill for prospective claimants to contact Acas before they are permitted to issue an employment tribunal claim.  Read more

  • 25 January 2013

    Prison threat for separating couples who attempt to hide wealth

    The press has recently reported on the six month prison sentence given to property tycoon Scot Young on 16 January 2013 in the High Court, Family Division, as a result of his failure to provide full and frank financial disclosure amid an acrimonious divorce. Read more

  • 25 January 2013

    Joint Property Ownership – protecting your interests

    The Law Society and the Land Registry have joined together to issue a guidance note to Solicitors reiterating the importance of advising co-owners to carefully consider how their property is to be held. Read more