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25
Jun

Employment Tribunal Fees

Employment Tribunal Fees At present, a claim can be filed with the tribunal without charge but this is set to change on 29 July 2013 when fees are set to be introduced. How much will it be to file a claim? There are 2 categories of claim- ‘Type A’ and ‘Type B’.  Type A claims

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10
Jun

The 13 mile walk

The 13 Mile Walk As the birds sang their sweet morning song, our alarm noisily chimed out and I knew it was 5:15am- the start of a very long but rewarding day.  We packed our provisions for our long walk and gathered our registration papers and OS map and headed off to collect the second

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21
May

Gay marriage, Facebook and Breach of Contract

Gay Marriage, Facebook and Breach of Contract May 17 was World Information Society Day (to raise global awareness of societal changes brought about by the Internet and new technologies) and International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (to commemorate the day that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization in 1990 and to promote LGBT rights). 

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13
May

EU Referendum and Employment Law

EU Referendum and Employment Law The UK joined the European Union in 1973 and as a result, some of the employment laws in place which result from this membership include: The Working Time Regulations 1998: regulates maximum working hours and rest breaks (although the UK has reserved its right to permit employees to opt out of the 48 hour

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1
May

National Minimum Wage Increase

National Minimum Wage Increase from 1 October 2013 Standard adult rate (workers aged 21+): £6.31 an hour (up 12p) Development rate (for workers aged 18 to 20): £5.03 an hour (up 5p) Young workers rate (for workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age who are not apprentices): £3.72 an hour (up 4p) Apprentices:

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29
Apr

A Brief Guide to Appraisals

A Brief Guide to Appraisals What is the purpose of an appraisal? To review performance and potential and to set new goals for the forthcoming year To identify areas for improvement To acknowledge positive contributions To identify training and career planning needs To determine whether employees should receive a financial reward for their performance What

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11
Apr

Pensions: Auto-enrolment

Pensions: Auto-enrolment This article provides a very brief overview of the pension auto-enrolment scheme which came into force on 30 June 2012.  Currently, only employers employing more than 250 employees are affected but the new legislation will eventually require all employers in the UK to automatically enrol eligible workers in a pension scheme. Employers will

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18
Mar

Launch Party Photos

Thank you to Phil Millership for taking the following photos of our evening.  For more information about our launch, please click HERE. L-R: Ian Hass with Matt Middleton, Paul Mannion and Bill Williams (Eden Currie)  L-R: Ben Hanlin and Jane Ellis  L-R: Paul Rice (Rice Media), Marcus Daly (Michael Kay & Co.), Dean Pugh (West

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18
Mar

Ellis Hass & Co. Celebrates Its Launch

Jane Ellis and Ian Hass, solicitors with combined legal experience in excess of 40 years, identified a need for specialist tailored employment law advice.  They set up Ellis Hass & Co. last year and on 13 February 2013, hosted its official launch at The Forest Hotel, Dorridge.  The event was well attended by guests form

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18
Mar

Holiday Entitlement

  Holiday Entitlement Down Under On holiday recently, I got speaking to a lovely couple from Australia…..sadly, about employment law!  We were all talking about needing a relaxing holiday which is why we found ourselves where we were.  However, the surprising thing was that they mentioned they needed the holiday due to one of them

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