Latest Legal Updates from Kervin & Barnes

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Stress, Anxiety & Depression

9 September 2014

Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, has said the number of working days lost due to stress, depression and anxiety has increased by 24 per cent since 2009, while the number lost due to serious mental illness has doubled.  In her report, she said around 70 million working days were lost to mental […]

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Equal Pay

11 August 2014

The Independent has reported that the pay gap between the sexes began to widen again in 2013, reversing years of progress. The figures, based on an analysis by the House of Commons Library, show that in 1997 the pay gap between men and women was 27.5 per cent. Over the intervening years it has narrowed […]

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Health and Work Service – Spring 2015

4 August 2014

Since 6 April 2014, Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees has not been recoverable by businesses. Recently the government told us that it plans to use the money saved to fund the Health and Work Service (HWS) which will commence in spring 2015 after a trial later this year. The aim is for the HWS […]

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Holiday Pay

6 June 2014

In Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that, where a worker’s remuneration includes contractual commission, determined with reference to sales achieved, the Working Time Directive precludes statutory holiday pay based on basic salary alone. If commission payments are not taken into account, the worker […]

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TUPE Reform – January 2014

7 November 2013

The government has proposed certain amendments to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. Whilst these changes are not quite as wide-reaching as originally anticipated, they are nevertheless quite substantial.

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Zero-hours Contracts

20 September 2013

A zero-hours contract is a contract of employment which creates an ‘on call’ arrangement between employer and employee.

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Changes coming in on 29 July 2013

8 July 2013

Now we know that 29 July 2013 is going to be a significant date for those dealing with employment law matters as the following will come in to force on that day:  Fees in Employment Tribunals and the EAT (although these are currently subject to judicial review proceedings in both England and Scotland); New Employment Tribunal […]

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Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA)

27 June 2013

A number of measures in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA) came into force on 25 June. These include changes to ‘whistleblowing’ provisions and a new exemption from the qualifying period of employment for political opinion dismissals. Measures brought into force on 25 June (by virtue of S.103 ERRA) include: S.13: no qualifying […]

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Women in work & Ryanair cabin crew terms

29 May 2013

Here are some recent news stories which may be of interest to you: Women in work The Times recently reported that there are a record number of women in work in Britain. From January to March this year the number increased by 15,000 to reach a total of 13.8 million. (This is compared to 15.8 […]

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Absence Management Guide

24 May 2013

On 22 May 2013 we held a seminar on “long-term and persistent short-term absence management” in association with CIPD. The event was well received and we’d like to extend our thanks to CIPD. We have turned the presentation into an “Absence Management Guide” and published it on our website. To access it, please click here.

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