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4 August, 2010

Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2010

New Act makes provision about the enforcement of legislation relating to employment agencies and the minimum wage; the membership of, and representation before, the Industrial Court; and compensation for financial loss in cases of unlawful underpayment or nonpayment.

4 August, 2010

Unified Courts and Tribunals System to be introduced by April 2011

New structure will preserve the unique and distinctive features of both systems for the benefit of all users, says Ministry of Justice

4 August, 2010

National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2010

New regulations coming into force on 1 October 2010 which increase the principal rate of the national minumim wage from £5.80 to £5.93 per hour and decrease the age at which this rate becomes payable from 22 to 21.

3 August, 2010

Exploitation of interns is unacceptable, says Minister

Employment legislation must not be breached, government says in response to Institute for Public Policy Research report.

2 August, 2010

Exploitative sex industry jobs to be banned from Jobcentres

Government announces 'interim measure' ahead of introduction of primary legislation.

2 August, 2010

Employers ‘almost certainly breaking the law’ with interns

Confusion among employers leaves them open to claims for back-dated pay, says IPPR.

29 July, 2010

Default retirement age to be phased out from April 2011

Government to 'give individuals greater choice and move swiftly to end discrimination of this kind'.

29 July, 2010

TUC welcomes closure of minimum wage loophole

Rogue employers have exploited travel and subsistence schemes to avoid paying National Insurance and workers have ended up losing out on pension, sick pay entitlements, maternity pay and tax credits, says TUC General Secretary.

28 July, 2010

Government to amend National Minimum Wage Regulations in relation to travel and subsistence schemes

Change, to be introduced from January 2011, will exclude the payment of expenses for travel to a temporary workplace from counting as pay for NMW purposes.

27 July, 2010

Number of employment tribunal claims increase by more than fifty per cent

Tribunals Service publishes its Annual Report and Accounts for 2009/2010.

21 July, 2010

Employment Law update

Issue 84 of Garden Court Chambers' Employment Law Bulletin is now available.

14 July, 2010

Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) regulations 2010

New regulations ban the taking of upfront fees for work finding services for jobs within the entertainment and modelling sector.

14 July, 2010

Unemployment rate for the three months to May 2010 falls to 2.47 million

However, the number of people out of work for more than 12 months hit its highest level since 1997, says Office for National Statistics.

9 July, 2010

Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2010

New regulations issued that bring into force specified provisions of the Equality Act 2010, including provision for the Equality and Human Rights Commission to issue Codes of Practice in connection with any matter addressed in the Act.

9 July, 2010

Office for Budget Responsibility ‘revised unemployment downwards just before Budget’

Questions raised about independence as total unemployment reduced by 175,000 after assumptions made about pensions and pay.

8 July, 2010

Employment Law update

Issue 83 of Garden Court Chambers' Employment Law Bulletin is now available.

5 July, 2010

Government confirms first wave of implementation of the Equality Act to go ahead in October 2010

Regulations to be published this week will pave the way for landmark provisions to protect disabled people from discrimination and tackle the gender pay gap.

5 July, 2010

Minimum Wage (Amendment) Bill 2010-11

Proposed legislation that would enable the national minimum wage to be varied to reflect local labour market conditions.

5 July, 2010

Employment Opportunities Bill 2010-11

Proposed legislation to introduce more freedom, flexibility and opportunity for those seeking employment in the public and private sectors; and for connected purposes.