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Employment news round-up - 28/11/13

Julian Hoskins provides a summary of the key workforce aspects of the government's response to the Francis Inquiry, and also sets out the latest employment law news stories for this month, including: new Acas guidance on redundancies, new guidance on preventing illegal working, the latest on the game-changing 'Woolworths' redundancy case and an update on two Judicial Review applications: on employment tribunal fees and the new 12 months' earnings limit on unfair dismissal awards.


Reasonable adjustments - Q&A - 28/11/13

Bevan Brittan's employment team regularly advises on a range of issues relating to equalities, and we have been dealing with several cases recently in respect of the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees. James Gutteridge answers some of the tricky and common questions which arise in relation to this thorny issue.


TUPE and SPCs exception - 28/11/13

An important exception from the TUPE Regulations applies to short term contracts but we have, until recently, had very little guidance on how this should be applied. Victoria McMeel looks at a case which sheds some light on this issue and outlines how the exception now works in practice.


Employment news round-up, October 2013 - 31/10/13

This month's news round-up is brought to you by Joanna Smart and covers: 'surrogacy leave' – the latest position; age discrimination and enhanced severance payments; changes to the 'right to accompanied'; the impact of fees in the employment tribunal and updates on the Judicial Review of the legality of tribunal fees and the introduction of employer 'penalties'.

'Fair Deal' on pensions - 31/10/13

On 4 October 2013, the Treasury published the revised Fair Deal Guidance, confirming the Government’s previously stated intention that, in future, employees who are transferred out of many forms of public service employment on outsourcing contracts will be able to remain members of their existing public service pension scheme. In addition, on a re-tendering of an existing contract, employees will be able to transfer back into the public-sector pension scheme to which they would have been entitled to be a member before the original transfer. Alec Bennett sets out the detail.

Private medical treatment is a 'reasonable adjustment' - 31/10/13

You may be forgiven for thinking that the provision of private healthcare would be beyond the scope of an employer's duty to make 'reasonable adjustments' for disabled employees. But, apparently not - according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal ('EAT') in the recent case of Croft Vets v Butcher. Jodie Sinclair explains more.

Disability-related absence: EAT guidance - 26/09/13

Whilst it is generally accepted that disabled employees may have higher levels of sickness absence, it can be difficult for employers to decide how to apply their normal sickness absence policy in these circumstances. Earlier this month, the Employment Appeal Tribunal helpfully provided useful guidance on possible approaches that an employer may adopt, in order to make allowances for disabled employees who have a greater chance of contracting 'ordinary ailments' linked to their disability. Sarah Maddock explains more.


Employment news round-up - 26/09/13

This month's news roundup is brought to you by Sarah Michael and covers: the latest on the ‘Woolworths’ redundancy case, full face veils in the workplace; dismissals for gross misconduct, subject access requests, social media in recruitment, third party harassment and the latest employment tribunal statistics.

TUPE update - 26/09/13

Anne Palmer provides us with a summary of what has been happening in the ever-changing world of TUPE in September. This includes a review of the long-awaited Government Response to the TUPE Consultation, which was originally launched in January 2013, and a summary of a recent EAT decision dealing with service provision changes and the meaning of an "organised grouping of employees".

Employment news round-up, July 2013 - 31/07/13

Aside from news of the new Royal Prince, the other hotly anticipated media event of this month is (possibly) Mike Smith's round-up of July's employment law developments.  William and Kate will not be the only people adjusting to a new world of change this month: in the employment law sphere, we have seen some key developments this month, including the introduction of fees in the employment tribunal and employment appeal tribunal, new employment tribunal rules, the re-naming of Compromise Agreements as 'Settlement Agreements' and the introduction of ‘pre-termination discussions’.  We also report on the ‘employee shareholder’ scheme and a new whistleblowing call for evidence. 
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[Bevan Brittan’s team is] extremely experienced and knowledgeable of the healthcare sector.
Chambers UK, A Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession 2014

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