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Employment

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27 November

Maternity and Adoption Leave (Curtailment of Statutory Rights to Leave) Regulations 2014

New regulations issued that provide for women entitled to ordinary or additional maternity leave to curtail that leave to enable them or their spouse, civil partner or partner to take shared parental leave (and for corresponding provision for those entitled to adoption leave).

27 November, 2014

24 November

Travel expenses for the low-paid – time for a rethink?

New report from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group looks at how concerns about the use of ‘traditional’ umbrella arrangements, which give low-paid agency workers some tax relief on their travel expenses and increase their take home pay, resulted in the birth of ‘Pay Day by Pay Day’ schemes.

24 November, 2014

Zero Hours Contracts Bill 2014/2015

Bill to limit the use of zero-hours contracts has begun its second reading in the Commons.

24 November, 2014

Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014

New regulations issued that provide for a mother/adopter and a child’s father/adoptive parent or a mother’s or adopter’s partner to take shared parental leave.

24 November, 2014

18 November

Survey of employment tribunal applications in 2013

New Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report provides detailed information on the characteristics of claimants and the type of complaint they have brought to a tribunal.

18 November, 2014

17 November

Employment case law round up

Latest EAT decisions added to the Tribunals Service website.

17 November, 2014

14 November

Spending on agency social workers has increased by a third

Investigation by Community Care finds the average spend per council on temporary agency staff is £1.8 million, although there are regional variations with many Scottish and Welsh councils reporting almost no spending on agency workers and six out of the top ten biggest spending councils being in Greater London and the home counties.

14 November, 2014

13 November

Majority of Britain’s poorest paid workers never escape the low pay trap

Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission who produced the report, says research is 'a powerful argument for Britain to become a Living Wage country'.

13 November, 2014

11 November

Three in four people fail to escape from low pay, says Resolution Foundation

New report argues that employers and government should review their policies and approaches to pay progression to ensure that the one in five workers who are low paid are not denied the opportunity to move up in work.

11 November, 2014

10 November

Government to prohibit recruitment sector from advertising jobs exclusively in other EEA countries

In today's response to consultation, government says that it will proceed with new regulation designed to improve equality in the labour market and expand range of potential applicants that businesses can choose from.

10 November, 2014

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