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Ask the expert: Flexible working applications
I EMPLOY an administrative assistant in a busy city centre medical practice and she is due to return from maternity leave shortly. She has called the practice to ask whether it would be possible to return to work on a part-time basis. She was previously full-time but has requested to work three days a week.
Unpaid parental leave increases while fit-note guidance is revised
RULES extending the right to unpaid parental leave came into force this month.
Case study: Job interview is not an audition
BACKGROUND: Czikai v FreemantleMedia Ltd was an interesting case involving a failed appearance on a popular talent show and how an audition doesn’t give you the same employment rights as a job interview.
FROM April 1, the following changes take place:
Launch of pension enrolment scheme
The new pension enrolment scheme for employers with 250 or more members begins on October 1.
New tribunal fees confirmed
The government have advised they are trying to reduce the number of claims brought before employment tribunals by introducing fees for those using the service. These fees are due to be implemented in summer 2013.
No fault dismissal axed
PLANS to allow companies with less than 10 employees to dismiss workers without giving a reason have been dropped by the government.
Case study: Employment rights of self-employed
BACKGROUND: We often receive calls regarding locums or associates working on a ‘self-employed’ basis. Genuine self-employed people have a contract for services, not a contract of services, as an employee does, and as such they have no employment rights.
Ask the expert: Long-term absence
We have been receiving a high number of calls on the employment law advice line regarding long-term sickness issues. Long-term sickness can cause major disruption in practices, resulting in costs to cover a temporary replacement, as well as affecting morale as colleagues have to pick up extra work for the absent employee.
Changes are being made to the rate of National Minimum Wage. From October 1, the rates will be: