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    2 September 2014

    Despite ongoing economic recovery and an upturn in graduate recruitment activity, more than two-thirds of employers reported a freeze in graduate starting salaries between 2013/14 and 2014/15, according to the latest research from XpertHR Benchmarking.

  • Shared parental leave - an overview

    1 September 2014

    With the first babies in relation to which employees can take shared parental leave having already been conceived, consultant editor Darren Newman sets out the basics on the new right.

  • Podcast: Arranging a secondment

    29 August 2014

    If you are contemplating seconding an employee to another department or organisation, have you thought about who will be responsible for dealing with any disciplinary or grievance issues that arise during the secondment or who will be responsible for providing cover if the seconded employee goes on maternity leave? If not, then listen to this week's podcast for guidance on the potential legal and practical complications of seconding an employee.

  • Consultation launched on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts

    27 August 2014

    Following the announcement in June that exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts will be banned, the Government has launched a consultation seeking the best methods to prevent unscrupulous employers circumventing new regulations.

  • Latest pay awards

    22 August 2014

    In this article, we summarise the latest pay awards collected by XpertHR that have been added to the pay databank. Alongside details of each pay award, the entry shows the name and size of the review group, along with the effective date and length of the review.

  • Pay trends August 2014: what is in store for 2015?

    22 August 2014

    With signs of upward movement at the top and bottom ends of the pay range, we look at the likelihood of higher pay awards over the coming year and invite you to help us put together our pay award forecasts.

  • Model agreement on facilities and time off for trade union duties and activities

    21 August 2014

    Use this model agreement to set out guidelines for providing trade union facilities and how the organisation will deal with applications for time off for trade union duties and activities.

  • Discrimination: increases for all injury to feelings awards

    20 August 2014

    In Cadogan Hotel Partners Ltd v Ozog, the Employment Appeal Tribunal explains why an uplift of 10% should be applied to compensation for injury to feelings attributable to discrimination.

  • Tribunal procedure: when employment cases collapse because the judge's views are tainted

    20 August 2014

    In Begraj and another v Heer Manak Solicitors and others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal explored what should happen to cases in which the judge receives information that he or she believes prejudices his or her opinion of a claim.

  • Religious discrimination: were blasphemous swear words spoken in a Christian's presence harassment?

    19 August 2014

    Was a Christian employee harassed when she overheard a manager's expletives that included the words "Jesus Christ" and "God"? That was one of the issues for the employment tribunal in M v P Care Home Ltd and others.

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