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  • Early conciliation FAQs published

    16 April 2014

    From 6 May 2014, notifying Acas through the early conciliation process becomes mandatory for those employees wanting to bring an employment tribunal claim. New FAQs answer employers' questions on the process.

  • Derogatory comments about employee's sexual orientation were discriminatory

    14 April 2014

    The employment tribunal decision in Callahan v Benchmark Cleaning Services Ltd is a good example of how derogatory comments about an employee's sexual orientation will, in the vast majority of cases, constitute either harassment or direct discrimination, even if they are made in a boisterous workplace and the individual does not complain about them at the time.

  • Guidance on pre-termination negotiations

    11 April 2014

    We provide guidance for employers on pre-termination negotiations and explain the legal provisions that aim to exclude these negotiations from being admissible in employment tribunals.

  • New model policy on contact from Acas about early conciliation

    11 April 2014

    We provide a model policy to set out how your organisation will deal initially with contact from Acas about the early conciliation of a potential employment tribunal claim, as well as details of the form that potential tribunal claimants use to contact Acas about early conciliation.

  • Podcast: Subdued pay awards expected to continue

    11 April 2014

    Although the latest pay data shows slight signs of optimism, private-sector employers are not expecting a significant change in the pattern of their pay settlements, despite an improved outlook for the economy and labour market.

  • Personnel Today Awards overall winner profiled

    11 April 2014

    We take a look at Barclays, overall winner at the 2013 Personnel Today Awards for its youth employment scheme.

  • Take part in our maternity and paternity pay survey

    10 April 2014

    XpertHR is carrying out a survey of occupational maternity and paternity pay rates offered by UK employers. The survey covers rates of occupational maternity and paternity pay, eligibility and conditions, treatment of bonuses and annual leave and keeping-in-touch days. We also want to hear what you think about the forthcoming introduction of shared parental leave from April 2015.

  • ECHR rules on legality of UK ban on "sympathy" strikes

    9 April 2014

    In National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers v UK, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on whether or not the UK laws that prohibit secondary or "sympathy" industrial action violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • 6 April 2014: employment law changes

    4 April 2014

    We round up the various employment law changes that are coming into force on 6 April 2014, including early conciliation, the repeal of the discrimination questionnaire procedure and increases to statutory rates for maternity, paternity and adoption pay.

  • Misconduct dismissal: small employer goes against independent appeal panel's misconduct finding

    4 April 2014

    Can a small employer that farms out the appeal stage of a disciplinary procedure to an independent third party later decide to go against the appeal panel's decision? That was the issue for the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Kisoka v Ratnpinyotip (t/a Rydevale Day Nursery.

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