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In a time not so long ago, if an individual had a thought that they wanted to discuss, they would have to wait to get to a pub or a cafe in order to discuss it with a small cohort of friends. In the intervening time, they may well have forgotten what the thought even[…..]

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Increase in Unfair Dismissal qualifying period

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Any employee whose employment commenced on or after 6th April 2012 will have to accrue 2 years’ service before they are eligible to bring a claim for unfair dismissal. Any employee who was employed prior to that date will still only require 1 year’s service. It’s unlikely that the number of tribunal claims will reduce[…..]

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Annoucement of the proposed fees in the Employment Tribunal

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The Ministry of Justice has recently undertaken a consultation on its proposal to introduce fees in the employment tribunal. The reasons are two fold, to reduce the burden on businesses by discouraging weak claims and to reduce the financial cost to the tax payer. The consultation has now finished and the Ministry of Justice has[…..]

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When is a Resignation Not a Resignation?

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A question faced by many employers is how to deal with an employee who resigns and subsequently attempts to retract that resignation. It is well-established that, in most circumstances, where notice of termination has been given by either party, it cannot be withdrawn without the other party’s consent. This is a sensible rule which brings[…..]

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Tribunal Award Limits Raised

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From 1 February 2012, the limits on certain Tribunal awards, and other amounts payable under the relevant employment legislation, will be increased. These new limits have been set by the recently published Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2011 SI 2011/3006. The new limits apply where the event giving rise to compensation or payment occurs[…..]

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Unfair Dismissal Qualifying Period Increases to Two Years 6 April 2012

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On 3 October 2011 the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced at the Conservative Party Conference that the unfair dismissal qualifying period would rise from one to two years. A subsequent press release by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) confirmed that the change would take effect on 6 April 2012.   No further details[…..]

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Court of Appeal clarifies extent of employer’s knowledge in unfair dismissal cases

In Orr v Milton Keynes Council the Court of Appeal held that when deciding whether it is reasonable to dismiss an employee, provided a fair and reasonable investigation has been held an employer cannot be deemed to have knowledge of all facts known to its employees. It is only the facts that are known to[…..]

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