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Forcing police officers to retire after 30 years' service is unlawful, tribunal rules

Forcing police officers to retire after 30 years' service is unlawful, tribunal rules | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ Employment tribunal finds in favour of officers who were made to retire as police chiefs tried to make savings”
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Quite right too
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Annabel Kaye's curator insight, February 7, 2014 3:30 AM

People still don't get the age discrimination things, do they...

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Real Business - What new minimum wage fines mean for your business

Real Business - What new minimum wage fines mean for your business | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ Employment lawyer Chris Cook discusses the implications of new minimum wage fines.”
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Do I have to pay a bonus if I have a discretionary bonus scheme?

Do I have to pay a bonus if I have a discretionary bonus scheme? | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ Having a discretionary bonus scheme can be a realistic way for a small business to incentivise staff. Adrian Hoggarth explores how such an initiative is managed.”
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Employers need to exercise their discretion reasonably. Comprehensive article, worth reading
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David Readman's curator insight, May 21, 2014 3:31 PM

A bonus scheme can be an excellent way of incentivising  staff, especially those involved in sales. However, employers really do have to think very seriously about the wording they use.

 

To take just one example, would you calculate bonus on turnover or profit ? I know which I would choose. We are always happy to help

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Bad weather stopped play? Who gets paid when they can't get to work?


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Witch woe spells trouble for Hemel Hempstead store

Witch woe spells trouble for Hemel Hempstead store | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ A family-run business is fighting for survival against a court ruling which said it had discriminated against a modern-day witch.”
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Couldn't she. Have simply cast a spell over them?
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Former lecturer makes suicide comment complaint against employment tribunal judge

Former lecturer makes suicide comment complaint against employment tribunal judge | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ Former lecturer makes suicide comment complaint against employment tribunal judge”
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LinkedIn contacts: who owns what?

LinkedIn contacts: who owns what? | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“First UK legal challenge by a company to an ex-employee's right to use its LinkedIn contacts goes in favour of the employer (First UK legal challenge by a company to an ex-employee's right to use its @LinkedIn contacts”
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Are we moving towards clarity on this vexed issue? Perhaps the test for who owns linked in contacts will depend on why the information was harvested in the first place?
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Glencore oil trader Andrew Kearns loses wrongful dismissal claim after he was sacked for 'heavy night' of drinking - and is ordered to pay at least £150,000

Glencore oil trader Andrew Kearns loses wrongful dismissal claim after he was sacked for 'heavy night' of drinking - and is ordered to pay at least £150,000 | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ An oil trader sacked because he was said to be not in a fit state after a heavy night out in Singapore has lost his damages action for wrongful dismissal and now faces having to pay at least £150,000 costs.”
Via Chris Hadrill
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This shows the risks behind wanting to have your day in court. A very expensive day for the Claimant.
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Employment law: BBC investigation reveals problems at Amazon

Employment law: BBC investigation reveals problems at Amazon | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
A BBC investigation into employment practices at online retailer Amazon has revealed that staff working for the company face an increased risk of mental illness compared to other workers.
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Mediating away from a tribunal and avoiding the worst-case scenario | HRZone

Mediating away from a tribunal and avoiding the worst-case scenario | HRZone | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
How mediation can help stop things spiraling out of control. (Interested in how #mediation can stop things spiraling out of control?
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Charity finance news - Former RNLI FD takes charity to Employment Tribunal

Charity finance news - Former RNLI FD takes charity to Employment Tribunal | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
Mark Hallam, former finance director of RNLI, is claiming constructive dismissal against the charity at an Employment Tribunal in December.
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Unison bids to overturn employment tribunal fees - High Performance Consultancy Human Resources News - Outsource Your HR

Unison bids to overturn employment tribunal fees - High Performance Consultancy Human Resources News - Outsource Your HR | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
Unison has gone to the High Court to try to overturn the Government's introduction in July of em...
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Redundancy looming? How to get the best package you can

Redundancy looming? How to get the best package you can | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ Redundancy is commonly regarded as one of life's most stressful events, right up there with bereavement, serious illness and divorce.All too often,”
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Infographic: Maternity Leave Worldwide | Women && Tech

Infographic: Maternity Leave Worldwide | Women && Tech | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ We wanted to investigate the systems that support new parents. How do countries compare when it comes to government-mandated, paid maternity leave? (Great Infographics on Paid Maternity leave.”
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If you're going to have a baby, do it in Sweden not the USA
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Employment Tribunal's record costs award | Ely Place Chambers

Employment Tribunal's record costs award | Ely Place Chambers | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ The East London Employment Tribunal has made the largest single costs award against an individual on record - Aidan Briggs acted for the successful Respondent.”
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Final TUPE amendment regulations provide "welcome clarification", but uncertainties remain, says expert

Final TUPE amendment regulations provide "welcome clarification", but uncertainties remain, says expert | UK Employment law | Scoop.it

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Helpful article on TUPE reforms. It will still be a nightmare piece of legislation to navigate
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Colchester Hospital University NHS Trust boss resigns amid bullying allegations - Telegraph

Colchester Hospital University NHS Trust boss resigns amid bullying allegations - Telegraph | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ Chief executive of cancer scandal hospital steps down amid police investigation”
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Council worker unfairly dismissed following ear-flicking claims

Council worker unfairly dismissed following ear-flicking claims | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
“ A JUDGE has ruled a Swindon Council anti-social behaviour team member was unfairly dismissed following complaints he flicked a colleague’s ears.”
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This takes me back to the school playground
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HR Magazine - Senior City staff banking on large bonus payouts

HR Magazine - Senior City staff banking on large bonus payouts | UK Employment law | Scoop.it

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Same old same old
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2014 HR law changes in the pipeline | HR News

“HR News Wednesday, 11 December 2013 2014 HR law changes in the pipeline Save to account Send as an E-mail Open as PDF Print Friendly Version Tweet...”
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Very helpful post on what lies ahead. More clarity on sick leave and holiday will be welcome.
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Actor still unpaid despite tribunal victory six months ago - News - The Stage

Actor still unpaid despite tribunal victory six months ago - News - The Stage | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
An actor owed more than £5,000 for a tour he appeared in is still fighting to recoup money owed to him, despite the fact a tribunal ordered the show’s prod
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Enforcement processes for ET awards are to be reviewed, and rightly so.
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Working mothers 'shoved aside' after having children

Working mothers 'shoved aside' after having children | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
Mothers feel ‘shoved aside’ and discriminated in the workplace since having a child, a survey carried out by Mumsnet shows...
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McCririck loses discrimination case

McCririck loses discrimination case | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
Racing pundit John McCririck loses his age discrimination case against Channel 4 after an employment tribunal rules his persona was "unpalatable" to a wide audience.
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He may have a good case on appeal though

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BBC Arabic loses employment tribunal

BBC Arabic loses employment tribunal | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
The BBC blocked a broadcast journalist from securing a promotion because of his involvement with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), a court has ruled.
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Embarassing .... 

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Employment: Inquiry to investigate Trade Union tactics

Employment: Inquiry to investigate Trade Union tactics | UK Employment law | Scoop.it
The Government has launched an inquiry into the tactics of Trade Unions, after a workforce dispute almost resulted in the closure of the largest petrochemical plant in Scotland, reports the BBC.
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