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Latest From The Employment Law Experts
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Talks resumed on Thursday as planned to avert a strike by fuel tanker drivers over conditions and pay, a Unite union spokesman said, in a dispute that has led to criticism of the government and panic-buying of petrol by motorists. The parties involved were in talks on Thursday morning, after a 15 hour discussion on Wednesday had lasted until late at night, the independent industrial mediation body ACAS said. Talks aimed at averting a fuel tanker delivery strike begin in London this week between the Unite union and haulage firms. Unite represent five of the companies who employ tanker delivery drivers, who voted to strike in a dispute that has been going on for more than a year. The conciliation service Acas have been hosting talks in a secret London location between the two parties who will sit in separate rooms. The talks have covered negotiations on pensions, safety training and holiday and redundancy pay and both sides have said they are hopeful of finding a resolution. Unite say that sub-contracting activities in the fuel tanker haulage industry is undermining the conditions, pay and safety of its members. However the haulage companies say that drivers receive adequate training and that they can earn up to £45,000 a year. It is hoped that the parties will come to agreement to halt a potential strike so that the scenes of last week, when many forecourts experienced large queues and some petrol stations ran out of fuel are avoided. Five of the seven…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 15:40

New national minimum wage rates

Written by Jonathan Lord
The government has published the new national minimum wage rates effective from 1 October 2012. The adult rate will increase by 11p to £6.19 an hour The rate for 18-20 year olds will remain at £4.98 an hour The rate for 16-17 year olds will remain at £3.68 an hour and The rate for apprentices will increase by 5p to £2.65 an hour.
1. Employment tribunal procedure reformed The following changes will streamline the tribunal process: • The qualifying period to bring an unfair dismissal claim will increase from 1 year to 2 years for employees who commenced employment on or after 6 April 2012. Employees employed before 6 April 2012 still have a qualifying period of one year. The qualifying period for entitlement to written reasons for dismissal will also be increased in the same way. • In all unfair dismissal cases heard on or after 6 April 2012, a judge will sit alone without lay members unless the judge orders otherwise. Progress in relation to this change will be reviewed by the government after a year. This change is subject to parliamentary approval. • The maximum deposit that an Employment Tribunal will be able to order a party to pay where a claim has little prospect of success will increase from £500 to £1,000 for claims presented on or after 6 April 2012. • The maximum costs award that an Employment Tribunal will be able to award (without referring the case for detailed assessment in the county court) will increase from £10,000 to £20,000 for claims presented on or after 6 April 2012. • In all cases presented on or after 6 April 2012 witness statements shall be taken as read unless a judge or the Employment Tribunal directs otherwise. • In all cases presented on or after 6 April 2012 the Employment Tribunal will have the power to direct parties…
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