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Employment Law Case of the Week

  • Norbert Dentressangle Logistics Limited v Hutton

    Norbert Dentressangle Logistics Limited v Hutton UKEATS/0011/13/B

    The claimant was dismissed in January 2012, the EDT being 18 January. He attended an appeal hearing in the February, which was dismissed in March, and he lodged his claim of unfair dismissal on 30 May, thus 6 weeks

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Providing References for Ex-Employees

Two recent cases provide lessons to be learned when providing references.

In AB v Chief Constable (2014), A obtained a new job, which was conditional on receipt of a satisfactory reference. AB had been off sick for about six months, following the instigation of a disciplinary investigation into suspected misconduct. His Manager agreed to provide a standard reference and not to continue the disciplinary proceedings. The reference request sought details of AB's sickness record in the last 12 months, his reason for leaving and anything further that might be relevant. A standard reference was provided which confirmed the dates of employment, job title, that it was not the employer's policy to provide any further information and a disclaimer of liability for the content of the reference. The job offer was confirmed and AB resigned.

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Latest from the Employment Law Experts

Employment Tribunal Awards

Until 1999 the statutory maximum limits on monetary awards, which employment tribunals could make, were fixed on a somewhat haphazard and irregular basis. This has now been changed. The Secretary of State must now make annual orders to index-link most maximum limits by reference to changes in RPI for September, up or down, in each year.

The amount of compensation awarded following an employment tribunal will depend on the nature and outcome of the case.

Compensation Amounts and Adjustments details

Pension Arrangements

The proposals in the Government's 2006 White Paper on Personal Accounts, the aim of which is to introduce "soft compulsion" into workplace pension provision, are now coming to fruition. On 27 October 2010 the Pensions Minister, Steve Webb, confirmed that the Government would proceed with implementing the reforms set out in the Pensions Act 2008 and accompanying regulations, subject to the relatively minor changes recommended by an independent review of the proposed regime.

Read our summary with a timescale for ALL employers here

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Statutory Rates

Statutory rates are rates of payment paid and regulated by the UK government. Many of these payments are updated annually. The following table has the current statutory rates for a number of HR benefits and regulations.

Statutory rates details - 2013
Statutory rates details - 2014