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  • Premature babies and maternity leave: what's the legal position?

    26 October 2016

    Mothers of premature babies are campaigning for statutory maternity leave to be extended where mothers give birth early. Stephen Simpson explains the current legal position, and how the law might be changed.

  • Eight ways to ensure diversity initiatives are fair

    17 October 2016

    After a BBC radio presenter claimed he was sacked for being a white man, is positive discrimination a fair solution to employers' diversity issues?

  • How will the apprenticeship levy affect employers?

    13 October 2016

    The apprenticeship levy, which the Government hopes will help create three million new apprentices by 2020, is due to come into force in 2017. But ahead of implementation, there are a number of key questions that employers should be asking.

  • How to ensure a fair redundancy selection process

    12 October 2016

    Employers who fail to get the redundancy selection process right are leaving themselves open to costly employment tribunal claims. Employment lawyer Clare McNicholas explains the key steps needed to ensure redundancy is seen as fair.

  • Draft EU employment legislation state of play, October 2016

    7 October 2016

    This article lists all significant items of employment-related draft EU legislation that are currently in the legislative pipeline, or due to be proposed in the near future. It also shows proposals that have been adopted in the past six months.

  • Are "discrimination arising from disability" claims an easy route to employment tribunal wins?

    1 October 2016

    The number of employment tribunal claims for discrimination arising from disability appears to be rising. John Charlton looks at what is behind the trend, and asks how future developments could affect the way employers manage disabled people at work.

  • How can you avoid legal and HR pitfalls in family businesses?

    1 October 2016

    Almost half of the private-sector workforce is employed by family businesses. While many such companies are successful, sound policies are needed to avoid nepotism and claims for breach of contract and unfair constructive dismissal from non-family employees. Ed Stacey, a partner and head of the employment legal team at PwC, offers tips on good practice.

  • The rise of flexible working

    1 October 2016

    With flexible working requests set to increase, including from men, how should employers respond? Jane Wheeler, partner at Hine Legal, looks at employers' legal responsibilities and offers good-practice tips.

  • Ten years of tackling age discrimination in the workplace

    29 September 2016

    It is 10 years since age discrimination legislation was introduced, but how have these obligations influenced how multi-generational workplaces operate? Richard Lee, partner at Gowling WLG, considers the impact of this important piece of legislation.

  • Acas early conciliation "no substitute" for an effective tribunal system

    28 September 2016

    Consultant editor Darren Newman maintains that the Acas early conciliation service provides no real substitute for dealing with claims properly in an employment tribunal system open to all.

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