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FROM October 1, the following changes to the national minimum wage took place:
National living wage to be introduced
EMPLOYEES over 25 who are currently on the national minimum wage will get a pay rise in April with the government introducing a compulsory national living wage.
Ask the expert: The right to work
Q. OUR practice is currently in the process of recruiting a new member to the team. Before beginning the interview process, how do we ensure that the successful candidate has the right to work in the UK?
Acas reveal early conciliation figures
ALMOST two thirds of early conciliation cases dealt with by Acas did not proceed to a tribunal claim, according to figures based on the first year of the scheme.
Developing a practice policy on e-cigarettes
Practices are urged to ensure their policy on e-cigarettes is more than just smoke and mirrors.
Case study: Gross misconduct can still result in an unfair dismissal
The case of Harvey v Vista Hotels involved an unfair dismissal claim.
Practices should update sickness policies to reflect new scheme
PRACTICES are reminded to update their sickness absence policies to reflect the new Fit for Work scheme currently being rolled out across the country.
Unpaid parental leave age limit rises
PARENTS can now take unpaid leave to care for a child aged up to 18 years old.
HR Alert: A tweet too far...
PRACTICES should ensure their social media policy not only covers use at work, but also tweets or posts by employees made in their own time that may impact on the workplace.
Shared parental leave for working parents
THE right to shared parental leave came into force across the UK on April 5 – as highlighted in our last employment law update in September.