Tags: Law

Contractor flees UK to avoid Tribunal payout

GMB, the union for engineering construction workers, is seeking changes to an EU Directive to ensure that 14 GMB members will be paid the £251,204.81 awarded to them earlier this year by an Employment Tribunal in Cardiff after German based contractor, Darmar, fled UK jurisdiction having failed to pay the award. GMB was successful in…

Unpaid work schemes ruled lawful as high court rejects Poundland case

Government back-to-work schemes criticised as “forced labour” have been ruled lawful by the high court. A judge rejected the jobless graduate Cait Reilly’s claim that a scheme requiring her to work for free at a Poundland discount store breached human rights laws banning slavery. Mr Justice Foskett, sitting at the high court in London, said…

Agency Workers: too few employers are consulting its specialist employment advisory

Croner finds too few employer enquiries about the new Agency Worker Regulations a worrying prospect With less than two weeks to go until the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) come into force, Croner is urging businesses that rely on agency workers to consider the impact this will have on their company. The new law requires employers…

Company fined after failing to provide safety measures for workers

The fatality of a worker who fell while carrying out work on a roof has resulted in Satellite TV installation firm Foxtel Ltd being prosecuted. Engineer Noel Corbin, 29, from New Addington, Croydon, suffered fatal head injuries after falling 13.5 metres from a four-storey house onto a side patio in Belsize Park, London on 3…

New research has indicated that UK firms could be hit with a growing number of employment tribunals over the next few months, as more companies freeze pay and increase working hours. According to a survey from law firm Speechly Bircham and King's College London, more than half of businesses questioned had observed a rise in…

Its official, HRreview on linked in has exceeds 1000 members

We are very proud to announce that our HRreview group on LinkedIn has recently accepted its 1000th member. From all of us at HRreview we would like to say a huge thank you to all who have joined our group, HRreview, news views and more. The LinkedIn group was set up to provide a constant…

Youth unemployment close to 1m

New figures have revealed that the number of young Britons out of work edged closer to the one million mark in the three months ending in November, sparking fresh concerns about youth unemployment. According to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), one in five people aged between 16 and 24 – a…

The government has rebuffed criticism over plans to implement increased positive action as part of its Equality Act reforms and offered employers guidance on how to conform to the legislation. Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone recommended that bosses should familiarise themselves with the provisions of the regulations and warned against paying too much attention to “scare…

Lucinda Bromfield: Increasing the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims?

The Government has said that it is considering increasing the continuous service requirement for unfair dismissal claims from one year to two years. This is potentially good news for employers and designed to relieve the burden on them during the difficult economic times. It may also ease the burden on our over stretched Employment Tribunal…

New research has indicated that London law firms are particularly unlikely to employ white, working class candidates because of their accents, regardless of their ability to do the job in question. According to a survey published this week by City University's Centre for Professional Service Firms, over 90 per cent of the 130 participating lawyers…

Plans to extend paid maternity leave to 20 weeks have been met with dismay by business group the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), which has expressed concern over the potential impact on companies. Employment ministers from across the EU met to discuss the amended pregnant workers directive on Monday (December 6th 2010) and the BCC…

Government criticised over migration cap

An expert has accused the government of pandering to tabloid newspapers by imposing a non-EU migration cap and warned that Britain’s businesses are likely to suffer as a result. Philip Bates, a partner and immigration department head at London law firm Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, claimed the debate over immigration has been distorted by the…

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has claimed that the steady increase in employment legislation over the last decade has restricted business innovation and questioned the government's commitment to cutting red tape. IoD spokesman Alistair Tebbit singled out staffing laws as one of the main hurdles facing UK firms across all sectors and claimed the Conservative-Liberal…