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13 July, 2011

Unemployment rate falls to 7.7 per cent

However, Office for National Statistics publication also shows that number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance has risen.

12 July, 2011

Employment Law Update

Issue 105 of Garden Court Chambers' Employment Law Bulletin is now available.

7 July, 2011

Regulation of child employment and options for reform

Department for Education publishes report that assesses the effectiveness of current arrangements for registration, identifies key problems, and evaluates options for reform.

5 July, 2011

Decrease of 8 per cent on previous year for Employment Tribunal claims

Ministry of Justice publishes Annual Tribunals Statistics 2010 - 2011.

5 July, 2011

Parents must each earn at least £18,400 in 2011 so their family can live to an acceptable standard

Report published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation also reveals that the minimum cost of living is 5 per cent higher than in 2010.

5 July, 2011

7.8 per cent difference between public and private sector earning

Office for National Statistics publishes analysis which also shows that the gap between the lowest and highest earners is higher in the private sector.

5 July, 2011

Employment Law Update

Issue 104 of Garden Court Chambers' Employment Law Bulletin is now available.

28 June, 2011

Contracting Out (Local Authorities Social Services Functions) (England) Order 2011

New regulations that enable a local authority in England to authorise another person, or that person’s employees, to exercise social services functions for the purposes of participation in an adult social work practice pilot or a right to control pilot.

24 June, 2011

Equality and Human Rights Commission consults on its strategic plan

Exercise will cover the Commission's plans and priorities from April 2012 to March 2015 and is due to be laid before Parliament in April 2012.

22 June, 2011

Employment Law Update

Issue 103 of Garden Court Chambers' Employment Law Bulletin is now available.

21 June, 2011

Government publishes Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

Employment and certain debt and housing matters to be taken 'out of scope' of legal aid.

20 June, 2011

Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2010 commencement order

New statutory rule brings section 3 of the Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2010 into operation and contains a transitional provision which provides for amendments made by section 3 of the 2010 Act to apply only to appointments to the Industrial Court made after the operational date of this Order.

20 June, 2011

14 Member States express concern about European Parliament’s Pregnant Workers Directive

Discussions can go no further unless Ministers agree a common position on proposals for 20 weeks of maternity leave at full pay.

17 June, 2011

UK Ministers lobby Europe against ‘socially regressive’ maternity proposals

Government is concerned that measures proposed for 20 weeks of maternity leave at full pay will result in 'considerable costs' to Member States.

10 June, 2011

Ministers debate government’s comprehensive review of employment-related laws in Parliament

Edward Davey, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, leads debate on employment law.

9 June, 2011

Two-thirds of people unhappy with pay gap in their workplace

New report from IPPR says that 78 per cent of people would support government action to reduce gap between high and low earners.

9 June, 2011

Employment Law Update

Issue 102 of Garden Court Chambers' Employment Law Bulletin is now available.

8 June, 2011

Low Pay Commission remit published for national minimum wage 2012 report

Government has asked LPC to pay particular attention to youth employment and possibilities for simplification of current regulations.

8 June, 2011

Forced labour found in Northern Ireland

New Report published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation found evidence of poor working conditions, low pay, restricted freedom of movement, and verbal and physical abuse.