Monthly Archives: December 2012

Dealing with social media in the workplace

The recent case of Smith –v- Trafford Housing Trust has highlighted the difficulties employers face with social media and its relationship in the workplace. Here we summarise some practical tips employers are recommended to follow when considering how to address … Continue reading

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Retirement conversations did not amount to age discrimination

In the case of Quick –v- Cornwall Council and another, the Tribunal dismissed claims of unfair dismissal and age discrimination on the basis that conversations relating to retirement were not discriminatory. In April 2011 the default retirement age was abolished … Continue reading

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Fair Deal Consultation – Response

In November 2012 the Government published the consultation response to the “Fair Deal” guidance which was issued in March 2011. Its initial indications in July 2012 were that the current Fair Deal approach would be retained but this would be … Continue reading

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Extension to rights of flexible working and parental leave

In May 2011, the Government published a consultation on Modern Workplaces which included proposals to make employment practices within the UK more flexible and family friendly. On 13 November 2012, the response to this consultation was announced confirming that the … Continue reading

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Increase in tribunal compensation limits

Tribunal compensation limits will increase from 1 February 2013 under The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2012 to reflect an RPI increase of 2.6% from September 2011 to September 2012. The increased maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will … Continue reading

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Large Scale Redundancy consultation period halved

On 18 December 2012 it was announced that the 90 day consultation period before large-scale redundancies can take place is to be reduced to 45 days from April 2013. The announcement by Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson said the reduction … Continue reading

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Smith v Trafford Housing Trust

The recent case of Smith and Trafford Housing Trust has highlighted some of the dangers employers now face when dealing with conduct issues that arise out of the use of social media. Background Mr Smith was a Housing Manager at … Continue reading

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