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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 08:33

New Statutory Rates

Written by Innes Clark
As of 1 February 2013:- A week's pay for the purpose of calculating basic awards and statutory redundancy payments increased from £430 to £450. The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increased from £72,300 to £74,200. As of April 2013:- Standard rates for Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay will rise from £135.45 to £136.78. The Earnings Threshold for these payments to apply will rise from £107 to £109 per week. Statutory Sick Pay will rise from £85.85 to £86.70, with the earnings threshold also rising from £107 to £109 per week. Maternity Allowance will rise from £135.45 to £136.78. The earnings threshold will remain unchanged at £30 per week.
Monday, 04 February 2013 10:11

The World's Oldest Lawyer?

Written by Innes Clark
Since the abolition of the default retirement age in April 2011 many stories have emerged of employees continuing to work well into their golden years. I have previously blogged on a 94-year-old trolley collector working for Morrison's, and, this week, Roll on Friday (which provide news, views and gossip on the legal profession) has reported a story about the oldest practising lawyer in New Zealand. Bob Boland, aged 90, still works as conveyancing solicitor and barrister based in Christchurch. Despite his advanced years Mr Boland is described by his boss as being "up with the play all right". Having served in World War II, Mr Boland has worked as a solicitor for over 50 years. And, after some stellar service, he plans to finally retire this year before visiting Europe. Roll On Friday's article also makes the interesting point that Mr Boland's wife, at 73, is still working as a legal executive. The New Zealand Law Society has confirmed that it is "very likely" that Mr Boland is its oldest member. I wonder though if he is the oldest practising lawyer in the World? Let me know if you come across anyone that beats Mr Boland. This may well be the type of story that we hear more of in the coming years. In the UK, with the abolition of the default retirement age, and an ever-growing pensions deficit coupled with many of us living longer, the prospect of more people working into their senior years is increasingly likely. Whether…
Monday, 04 February 2013 10:08

Further Employment Law Reforms Announced

Written by Innes Clark
I mentioned the Government's proposals in my recent blog that unfair dismissal awards were to be capped at 12 months' pay. At the same time as announcing this proposal the Government made a number of other significant announcements. Following a call for evidence last year, the Government has published a consultation on the reform of the TUPE Regulations. In addition, following a consultation into ending the employment relationship conducted last year, the Government has announced its response to the consultation. As a result of this the Government has outlined a programme of reform including plans to introduce a new Early Conciliation process, and more information on its intention to reform the use of settlement agreements. The outcome of the Government's sickness absence review has also been announced. I have summarised some of the key changes to expect below. Reform of TUPE TUPE is always a challenging area of law and the Government has been accused in recent times of having implemented "gold platted" TUPE Regulations which go beyond the requirements of the European Acquired Rights Directive (which obliged the UK Government to afford employees protection in this area). The Government has announced a consultation into reforms intended to remove any such gold platting and also to attempt to simplify the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE). The key proposals are:- repeal the regulations relating to service provision changes; remove the requirement on the transferor to provide the transferee with employee liability information within 14 days of the…
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