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Employment Law Case of the Week

  • USDAW & Wilson v Woolworths & Ors (Case C-182/13)

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently published its judgment in a case surrounding the collapse of Woolworths, and has stated that UK law on collective redundancy consultation does not comply with the European Collective Redundancies Directive. As a result, if an employer is seeking to make 20 or more redundancies over a period of 90 days, it will have to initiate a consultation with employee representatives.

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New Fit For Work Guidance

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued guidance on the new Fit for Work Service.

Fit for work offers a free Occupational Health Assessment for any Employees who have been or who are expected to be off work for four weeks or more to help them to return to work sooner.  It offers work related medical advice via a telephone service and website.  The advice service is due to be up and running in May 2015 being rolled over a period of months.

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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