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Employment tribunal fees to be implemented from 29th July 2013

After much discussion and speculation over recent months, Parliament has now been asked to approve the Order that will mean that claimants bringing Employment Tribunal cases will be liable to pay fees when submitting their claim.  Fees will also apply to anyone submitting an appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. If approved, the proposed date… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Employee Shareholder Update…. A Compromise too far?

Back in 2012, the government announced plans for employee shareholders by George Osborne in his speech to the Conservative Party conference. Osborne’s speech explained the concept as follows: “This idea is particularly suited to new businesses starting up; and small and medium sized firms. It’s a voluntary three way deal. You the company: give your… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Rates, allowances, and regulations – changes to Note

The latest changes to employment law have now come into place. Rates go up! From 6th April 2013, the statutory sick pay rate increased from £85.85 to £87.60 per week, while the weekly earnings threshold will rise from £107 to £109. From 7th April 2013 the following two increases also took place: Statutory maternity pay,… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Employment Rates on the up (and other news)

Lots of changes are on the horizon for employment legislation this year. First up we have an increase in rates and limits which will come in on the 1st February 2013. The main ones are as follows: Redundancy pay: The current maximum award for redundancy claims is £12,900. This will rise in February 2013 to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How much redundancy pay am I entitled to?

The asking of this poignant question has been an unfortunate sign of the times of late. For the majority of people, the answer to this question is quite simple, however there are a few other things that are worth bearing in mind if you find yourself facing redundancy. The basics Employers are only legally obliged… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

National Minimum Wage rises (for some)

From 1st October 2012 the national minimum wage for qualifying workers aged 21 years and over rose from £6.08 to £6.19. Whilst this is the most commonly thought of, there are different rates of minimum wage for four categories of worker, the above only being the first. We also have:   the development rate, which… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Olympic Games – workplace absence

Ask our Experts I am worried about my employee’s calling in sick during the Olympic Games so they can watch it on TV at home. What should I do? Sickness absence in the workplace often increases when large sporting events are televised during working hours. A few potential reasons for this spring to mind: They… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Plans to introduce employment tribunal fees

Plans to introduce fees of up to £1,200 for bringing claims to the employment tribunal look set to go ahead in summer 2013. The tribunal system reportedly costs the taxpayer more than £84m per year. Unlike the civil courts, at present, the person who brings a claim to tribunal doesn’t have to contribute to costs…. Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Sausages disallowed in Olympic race for most ridiculous story

Olympic fever is sweeping the country and with the commencement of the Games only a few days away, people are getting into the spirit, purchasing last minute tickets, and putting up decorations. Now, whilst many people may think that there is no harm in using a little “artistic licence” in getting into the spirit by… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Chocolate rabbit refused an EU trademark

The work our Media and Creative Industries team does on trademarks is always interesting and an occasional perk of the job is receiving samples of the goods being registered or in dispute. The following recent case is clearly one we would all have liked to have had…purely for legal interest of course! A case has… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)