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UK Government’s final decision on plans to phase out the default retirement age

The UK Government has now issued its response to its consultation “Phasing out the Default Retirement Age”, confirming that the default retirement age (DRA) of 65 will be abolished from 1 October 2011. The last retirement notice under the current procedure should be issued by no later than 30 March 2011, so employers have very little … Continue Reading

The UK Equality Act 2010 – new risks for employers using Compromise Agreements

On the day the Equality Act 2010 came into force last Friday, it became apparent that there is a significant drafting error in the Act which could affect the enforceability of compromise agreements intended to settle discrimination and equal pay claims under the Act. In order to have a qualifying compromise agreement the complainant must … Continue Reading

The UK Bribery Act 2010 – What it means for you

This post was written by Suzie A. Savage. The UK Bribery Act 2010 has far-reaching implications for any business (including US businesses) which is either registered in the UK or which has any part of its operation in the UK. The breadth and importance of this legislation means that companies and their senior officers would … Continue Reading

Changes in Employment Law for April 2010

In force from today are a number of legislative changes which will be of interest to employers. These include the new right to request time off to train and the replacement of sick notes with “fit notes”. Also expected to come into force today are various regulations relating to additional paternity leave which will affect parents … Continue Reading

What’s on the cards for UK employment legislation this year?

Equality Bill This long awaited piece of legislation is due to hit the statute books this Spring, with many of its provisions coming into force in October. It is this year’s most significant piece of legislation so far and will affect employers in both the private and public sectors. As well as harmonising and consolidating discrimination … Continue Reading

The Equality Bill

The UK Government has published the long awaited Equality Bill, the aim of which is to harmonise and consolidate discrimination legislation and also tackle inequality and discrimination which continues to persist in employment and in the provision of services. Aspects of the Bill which have attracted media attention include the new public sector duty to consider … Continue Reading

Phasing out of the statutory procedures

The Regulations bringing parts of the Employment Act 2008 into force on 6th April 2009 also introduce transitional arrangements for the removal of the statutory dispute resolution procedures. These regulations provide for one set of arrangements for dismissal and disciplinary actions, and another for grievances. These changes will be important for all HR managers and line managers. In particular, … Continue Reading

April changes to the Tribunal Rules of Procedure

Regulations to amend the 2004 Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure have been laid before Parliament and will come into effect on 6th April 2009. These changes will be relevant to all practitioners and HR managers involved in Tribunal proceedings – take note in particular of the changes regarding making a request to extend time for … Continue Reading

Revised ACAS Code of Practice approved

The Secretary of State has approved the new draft ACAS Code of Practice on discipline and grievances following public consultation. The new draft Code has been revised to take into account the changes proposed to be made to workplace dispute resolution procedures by the Employment Act 2008, which received Royal Assent on 13th November. In … Continue Reading

EU Temporary Workers Directive approved by European Parliament

After many years of political wrangling, the European Parliament has finally approved a Directive giving new rights to temporary agency workers. The Directive must now be implemented into each Member State’s national laws within three years. The Directive should be accessible via this link as soon as it is available in its approved form.… Continue Reading

Legislation Update

In addition to the Equality Bill which we reported on last week, recent developments include secondary legislation under the Employment Bill, draft regulations relating to terms and conditions of employment during maternity leave, draft guidance for the revised new ACAS code, EU proposals on working time, and new consultations on carers and the right to … Continue Reading

ACAS publishes draft Code of Practice for consultation

On 2 May 2008, ACAS published a new draft Code of practice on discipline and grievances for public consultation. The Code has been revised to take into account the changes proposed to be made to workplace dispute resolution by the Employment Bill, currently before Parliament, and in particular the forthcoming abolition of the statutory dispute … Continue Reading