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Employment

Employment

Breaking News: Judgment In The Woolworths Collective Redundancy Consultation Case

Andrew Knight

In February we sent out an article reporting on the opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the important and widely publicised case involving Woolworths.

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Changes To The UK’s Immigration Rules

The Home Office recently implemented a number of changes to the Immigration Rules. Many of these changes will affect employers, particularly those employing skilled migrant workers through the points based system.

A summary of some of the most notable changes for employers and their employees is set out below. Unless otherwise noted, these changes are now in force.

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Sorting Out Company Pensions - The Time Is Now

Caroline Strathdee

Times are changing in the oil & gas sector, and the world of pensions is not standing still either.
Given the fall in oil price, employers will inevitably want to (and need to) explore cost cutting measures.  Although it can be hard to get away from pension obligations, there are steps that employers can take to reduce their pension costs, and we are seeing a number of trends in this area.

This raises both pensions and employment law issues.  Our specialist employment and pensions lawyers can guide you through the maze.

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Share And Share Alike: Discrimination Implications Of Shared Parental Leave?

This year brings more interesting developments to the world of employment law, particularly with the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL).  As discussed in our blog in July 2014, the new legislation applies to children expected to be born or adopted on or after 5 April 2015.  It aims to provide parents with greater flexibility in terms of the time they take off following the birth or adoption of their child.   Many employers will cu

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Times Of Change In Oil & Gas: A Spotlight On UK Employment, Immigration And Pension Requirements

The oil and gas sector is facing challenging times.  Initiatives were being put in place to respond to concerns regarding a rising cost base and associated unit cost of production in the UK Continental Shelf when oil was trading at over $100 per barrel.  Given the rapid and substantial decline in the commodity price, the urgency to address cost reduction and to protect businesses is now a high imperative for every aspect of the sector and its supply chain.

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The Changing Shape Of Auto-Enrolment: Consultation Outcome

Caroline Strathdee

The DWP has just published its consultation response on changes that aim to simplify auto-enrolment. These changes have been welcomed, particularly by smaller employers who haven’t yet staged for auto-enrolment, and are due to come into force on 1 April 2015.

So what are the key changes? Will employers who have already staged need to change their processes?

Information to workers

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Safely Moving From 2 to 3

The sudden  plunge in the oil price has forced the industry to take a hard look at costs. It is clear that if the North Sea oil and gas industry is to remain viable in this new landscape a variety of efficiency measures will be required. There are difficult times ahead and some changes will be painful. Details of redundancies and restructuring proposals are being announced every day.

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Breaking News - Woolworths: A Sigh Of Relief For Employers?

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union has today delivered his opinion in the hotly anticipated and widely reported case involving Woolworths. You will recall that, following the mass redundancies made as a result of the insolvency of Woolworths (and Ethel Austin), there was a dispute over the long established definition of “establishment” for collective redundancy purposes.
 

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Ebola Wake-Up Call For Overseas Workers

The case of Pauline Cafferkey, the public health nurse and third sector volunteer who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, who is thankfully no longer in a critical condition and is showing signs of improvement, has refocused attention on the employer/employee relationship across all sectors in relation to overseas working.

Rightly, Ms Cafferkey has attracted praise from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as standing for the “very best of NHS values”.

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Obesity And Disability - European Court Decision

The European Court has now delivered its judgement in the case of Kaltoft v The Ministry of Billund.  The Court follows the opinion of the Advocate General which we previously highlighted in an earlier blog in July.

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