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New Year….New Laws: A summary of the main changes for 2014

Right to request flexible working.

From 6 April 2014, the right to request a flexible working arrangement will be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ service, not just those with caring responsibilities. Read More →

Changes to employment law effective from 1 October 2014

National Minimum Wage

The Government has approved a National Minimum Wage increase that will take effect from 1 October 2014. Below are the new rates: Read More →

Is it potentially fair for an employer to dismiss an employee on the recommendation of an external HR consultant?

GM Packaging was a small employer with just 9 employees. Its managing director became aware of conduct by the Claimant (a senior manager), engaging in sexual activity with a member of his staff on company premises after hours. Read More →

Supreme Court determines that members of LLPs are “workers” and therefore able to bring whistleblowing claims.

Baroness Hale giving the leading judgment of Clyde & Co LLP and another v Bates Van Winkelhof, stated that “one can effectively be one’s own boss and still be a worker”. Read More →

HR Law and Practice – New Dates for 2014

In conjunction with The Business Springboard, HR Law & Practice is our unique way of keeping HR professionals up to date with issues they want to hear about.


Each session covers the legal position of the chosen ‘hot topic’, but more importantly, guides you through the implementation of the law and best practice procedures to reduce the risk of grievances, unfair dismissals and employment tribunal claims. Sessions are interactive and members can share their experiences in a confidential environment. Read More →

Changes are coming…but are they justified?

The much publicised increase to the qualifying period for unfair dismissal comes into force on 6 April 2012, but will this change really achieve the government’s goal of increasing recruitment in businesses and boosting the economy? Read More →

CLRLaw Blooms

Wow! I never thought I’d ever be in the line up with Brad Burton, MD of 4Networking and Sharon Wright from Dragons’ Den,but thanks to a fantastic lady (Victoria Roberts of Bloom in Business) I’ve been given the opportunity to do just that. Read More →

Bank Holiday Mayhem

The announcement of a royal wedding on 29 April 2011 has caused a real stir…and not just about the design on the royal china. The date has been designated a public holiday, and with Easter Monday falling on 25 April this means a three day working week for many businesses. 


What rights do employers have to prevent complete disruption to business over this period of short working weeks and reduce costs? Read More →

It’s snow joke!

Look North has tonight reported that Yorkshire businesses have lost 50 million pounds per day during the snowy weather this last week. It is easy to see how this could be true; the roads and public transport network all but ground to a halt, preventing people from getting to their place of work. Read More →