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18 April, 2012

Employment Law Update

Issue 124 of Garden Court Chambers' Employment Law Bulletin is now available.

16 April, 2012

13 April, 2012

Apprentices make better progress if they have completed meaningful work experience

Ofsted best practice report for young people shows that those who complete work experience, course tasters or vocational study are more likely to make good progress in their apprenticeship than those starting straight from school.

10 April, 2012

2.6 million jobseekers face competition for 234,000 full-time vacancies

Research by Guardian also shows that at least 24,000 vacancies do not offer enough hours to allow a couple with children to qualify for working tax credits.

10 April, 2012

UK unemployment to increase by 100,000 this year

IPPR analysis shows that unemployment will peak at 8.7 per cent and will not fall until at least September 2013.

10 April, 2012

5 April, 2012

New employment tribunal rules will cut ‘unnecessary demands’ on employers, says government

Changes, that include an increase in the qualifying period for claiming unfair dismissal from one to two years, will save employers more than £50m.

4 April, 2012

Evaluation of the ‘fit note’ from GPs

New DWP research report explores the experiences and outcomes of the 'fit note' from the perspectives of employers and employees.

3 April, 2012

Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Tribunal Composition) Order 2012

New statutory instrument amends section 4(3) of the Employment Tribunals Act 1996 so as to enable proceedings in respect of unfair dismissal to be heard by an Employment Judge alone.

3 April, 2012

Qualifying period for right not to be unfairly dismissed and to statement of reasons for dismissal

New statutory instrument increases, from one year to two years, the qualifying period of continuous employment needed for entitlement to written statement of reasons for dismissal and to acquire the right not to be unfairly dismissed, with transitional provision for employees whose period of employment begins before 6 April 2012.

3 April, 2012

3 April, 2012

3 April, 2012

Around 2.7 million workers at increased risk of losing jobs when unfair dismissal law changes

TUC warns that an increase in qualifying period for protection from unfair dismissal will increase job insecurity, discriminate against younger workers, part-time women workers and employees from black and ethnic communities.

3 April, 2012

New £75m Growth Wales project to create 12,000 temporary jobs

Unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds will be offered six months paid work and Welsh government will cover the cost of a minimum wage salary and the employer's National Insurance contribution, reports bbc.co.uk.

3 April, 2012

Employment Law Update

Issue 123 of Garden Court Chambers' Employment Law Bulletin is now available.

2 April, 2012

Minimum 12 month duration for all apprenticeships

Government announces that for those aged 19 and over apprenticeships will last between one and four years and for 16-18 year olds a minimum of 12 months 'without exception'.

2 April, 2012

30 March, 2012

Charging people to bring employment tribunals undermines principle of free access to justice

Failure to ensure free access to justice is highly detrimental to the relationship between citizens and state and undermines social cohesion, says Welsh government's chief legal adviser.

28 March, 2012