Month: September 2012

Legal News | Anonymity Law For Teachers

As of Monday the law will change and teachers will become the first group of people in Britain to be given automatic anonymity when accused of a criminal offence.

Employment Law | Employer ‘Named And Shamed’ Over National Minimum Wage Breach

With the national minimum wage (NMW) set to rise on Monday to £6.19 for workers aged 21 and over and to £2.65 an hour for apprentices, news was announced earlier this month that the first employer has been ‘named and shamed’ for paying too little.

Employment Law | Employment Legislation Changes Next Week

As of Monday next week (October 1st 2012), a raft of new and amended employment legislation will come into force.

Employment Law | Employment Tribunal Statistics

Last week the Ministry of Justice published its report on employment tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) statistics for the year April 1 2011 to March 31 2012, including details of compensation awards for successful unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

Legal News | First Legal Case By Hillsborough Justice Campaigner

Hillsborough Justice Campaigner, Anne Williams, has become the first person to re-start legal action over the inquest on her son, Kevin, who was 15 when he died.

Intellectual Property | E-Book Sales Soar Due To UK’s Robust Copyright Framework

According to trade organisation the Publishers’ Association (PA), e-book sales are soaring in part due to the UK’s “robust and flexible copyright framework,” with the value of digital fiction sales in the first half of this year up 188 percent on the same period in 2011.

Employment Law | Employers Feel Burdened By And Ignorant Of Employment Law

According to a YouGov survey commissioned by a recruitment company, many employers feel burdened by red tape and struggle to keep abreast of new regulations, which must come as a blow to the Government as it tries to maintain its red tape challenge.

Data Protection an Issue in Schools

A recent survey by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has revealed that whilst schools are aware of data protection obligations, very few are acting on them, with as many as one in five schools admitting to having insecure email systems.

Government To Make It Easier For Employer To Hire And Fire

Business Secretary Vince Cable has put forward proposals for consultation that would make it easier for employers to fire workers, such a capping how much employees can claim for unfair dismissal at employment tribunals and bringing in settlement agreements, whereby staff and bosses can agree on staff leaving without being able to go to a…
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GCHQ Settles Racism Case Out Of Court

A racism case brought against the Government’s listening base GCHQ by Alfred Bacchus, an Asian former employee, was settled out of court earlier this week.