Employment Law

Index items here on employment legislation, employment-related topics and case law that is not covered by any of the sub-categories OR within Employee Relations or Diversity and Equality or Health, Safety and Well-being and any of their sub-categories.

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    Law on order

    Demand for the IPD’s legal advisory service seems to be insatiable. Operated by Hammond Suddards’ employment law department in Manchester, it deals with more than 125 calls a day and has responded to around 50,000 inquiries...

    Willing and enabled

    There can be little surprise at the government’s proposals for the establishment of a disability rights commission (DRC). The extension of New Deal funding to people with disabilities explicitly acknowledged the estimated...

    Amend to that?

    At the start of June, the European Social Affairs Council agreed on the new acquired rights directive and it was adopted by the Council of Ministers at the end of the month. The DTI will be bringing out new Tupe regulations...

    Equality settlements speed up

    Equal value cases are increasing in number, with trade unions securing settlements of almost £8 million over the past year, according to Bargaining Report, the union negotiators’ magazine. The cases are now also quicker to...

    Legislation

    From the beginning of this month, industrial tribunals have been renamed employment tribunals as the main provisions of the Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Act 1998 come into effect. Two bills have now been enacted...

    Maternity

    There has been further confusion in the courts over maternity notices. In King v The Hundred of Hoo Nursery (1998 IRLR 616; EAT), King was in a state of psychological denial of her pregnancy and went into labour before she...

    Family fortunes

    Fairness at Work makes several proposals that are likely to have a greater day-to-day impact on employment than the more controversial plans for union recognition. Some of these merely simplify existing law – for example...

    Smoking in the Workplace Consultancy Pack

    Publisher Forest Workplace Consultancy Service Price £35 ISBN 1 871833 75 2 Based on the view that ill-conceived policies can have an adverse impact on business, the pack presents smoking as a management concern rather than...

    Richer rewards

    Kim Howells, minister for lifelong learning, presented the award to Julian Richer, founder of hi-fi retailer Richer Sounds. “This is a remarkable landmark for the award,” he said. Howells particularly praised the company...

    A stake in the future

    Employers are bracing themselves for a further round of pension changes, barely a year after the main provisions of the Pensions Act 1995 took effect. One of the most far-reaching changes for UK employers, if it ever comes...