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  • Employment law proposals to help economic growth: update

    Tags: ACAS, Employment Law Reforms, The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, The Beecroft Report, Employment Law

    For those of you following my blog and/or keeping up with the rapid employment law proposals which are ultimately to assist business growth in today’s challenging economic conditions, may find this round up of this week’s events useful.

    The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

    The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which was mentioned in the Queens speech this year, was laid out before parliament on the 23 May. It is essential for employers to keep up with the bill as it sets out a number of amendments to the current legislation.

    The Bill sets out the following amendments:

    1. A mandatory period of ACAS conciliation before presenting claims to an employment tribunal (guidance on this will be published in due course). I think this may help employment disputes to be … more

  • Are documents prepared by HR Consultants “privileged”?

    Tags: Employment Tribunals, HR Consultancies, Legal Professional Privilege, Legal Advice Privilege, Employment Law

    No, says the High Court in Water Lilly & Co Ltd –v- Mackay (1) DMW Developments Ltd [2012] EWHC 649 (TCC). The claimant in this case applied for an order against the second Defendant (D) to disclose, correspondence and relevant documentation, created by D’s retained claims consultancy (K).

    D argued that the documentation requested attained legal professional or legal advice privilege as the parties working for the claims consultancy were qualified barristers and solicitors. However the court held that this was not enough.

    The first thing the court explored was the relationship between D and K. The court noted that the retainer between D and K was for “contractual and adjudication advice”, there were no rates offered for the services of solicitors or … more

  • Leeds Half Marathon 13 May 2012

    Tags: Leeds Half Marathon, 13 May 2012

    I am pleased to announce that I completed the Leeds Half Marathon in 2 hours 13 minutes.

    Donations for CANdlighters, a Yorkshire based charity which assists children (and their families) with cancer, are still being collected so please dig deep into your pockets for this worthwhile cause.

    Donations can be made at: http://www.justgiving.com/LeedsJLD-Supporting-CANdleLighters.

    Thanks in advance.

    Warmest regards, Samira Ali more

  • The Queens Speech 2012: the effects on employment law

    Tags: Employment Law Reforms, Flexible Working, The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, The Queens Speech 2012, The Public Service Pensions Bill, The Defamation Bill, Employment Law

    The Queens speech earlier this week was focused on economic and financial reforms intended to boast the UK economy out of dare I say it what the media had termed “a double dip recession”.

    The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill introduces the following changes employers should be aware of:

    1. Reforms the employment tribunal system by providing more options for the early resolution of disputes through ACAS.

    2. Allows father’s flexible working patterns to enable them to share parenting responsibilities with their partners. Unfortunately for employers no guidance has been provided as to how this will work in practice.

    3. Strengthens the framework for setting directors’ pay and shareholder power so they can hold companies to account.

    4. Repeals unnecessary … more

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  • Advice for Employers on Accommodating Parents with Premature or Sick Babies

    Tags: Maternity Leave, Maternity Rights, Maternity Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, Premature or Sick Babies, MAT B1, Maternity Allowance

    Every year, over 95,000 babies (or 1 in 8 babies born) are cared for in neonatal units in the UK due to premature birth or sickness. While some pregnancies inherently pose a higher risk for premature birth, such as twins and multiples, there is no guarantee a mother will be able to carry to-term.  

    Depending on how premature or sick the babies may be at birth, parents might find that their babies have to stay weeks or months in hospital, and some of these babies may continue to be at risk even after being discharged. In some cases, the babies may be transferred to a different or specialist hospital if the treatment or care they require is not available in the area in which they are born.  

    Maternity Leave: 

    Doctors and midwives must issue the pregnant … more

    

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