Tags: Legislation

Overhaul of social care is long overdue, says Law Society

A long-awaited white paper on the future of social care, published along with a draft social care Bill, is a rare opportunity to unify and modernise existing legislation and must not be wasted. Commenting on the launch of the draft Bill, Law Society President Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said: “Simplifying and unifying a mass of existing statute…

Two thirds of companies think completion of RTI should be delayed

April 2013 deadline potentially an unfeasible target for UK businesses New research from NorthgateArinso, a leading HR services company, has found that nearly two in three [63.9%] companies believe that HM Revenues and Customs (“HMRC”) should phase in the Real Time Information (“RTI”) Act over a longer period. And just under a third of respondents…

Cutting back on Health and Safety is not a good move

David Cameron’s recent vow to “kill off health and safety culture for good” is unhelpful and misleading, according to a leading workplace health consultancy. North West based consultancy [email protected] commented on the Prime Minister’s pledges to cut back on health and safety legislation because of the cost to businesses and red tape involved. As much…

Public sector staff must disclose private emails under law

Under Freedom of Information legislation, public sector workers must hand over private communications to their employer if the messages contain any information relating to official business. The Information Commissioner’s Office has published six-pages worth of guidance in order to clarify that FoI laws cover any pertinent business data “recorded in any form” ranging from email…

Eversheds and ACAS comment on the radical changes to the employment law system

The UK Government has announced it is seeking views on the effectiveness of the legislation governing employee rights on business transfers. The move follows criticism of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (the TUPE regulations) as being ‘gold-plated’ (going further than is strictly required by the European Acquired Rights Directive on which…

Businesses gear up for retirement age deadline

With less than a month to go before the abolition of the default retirement age (DRA), research from recruitment specialists Search Consultancy reveals that over half of UK businesses (53 per cent) are set to be impacted by the new legislation, due to the age profile of their employees, with tens of thousands of businesses…

Fear or hope as maternity leave could be reduced

Maternity leave could be reduced to 18 weeks resulting in pay reductions for almost half of working mothers, unions have warned. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) said that the government’s consultation on modern workplaces puts flexible working practices at risk. Current legislation permits employed women to take 52 weeks off, with 39 weeks being paid…

Teresa Budworth:Consultants – Make a wise choice, not a poor one

Whenever an organisation seeks to use a consultant or an adviser they really must choose carefully. And if ever there was a case to highlight this, it’s one I came across just a few weeks ago… In July, a hotelier from Mansfield was sent to jail for eight months after pleading guilty to 15 fire…