Monthly Archives: March 2011

Question: What are the new paternity rights coming in April 2011?

Answer: Fathers of babies who are due on or after 3 April 2011 can have Additional Paternity Leave, (APL) for a maximum of 26 weeks, if they meet the qualifying criteria and their partner has returned to work. The right to APL is only available to … Continue reading

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UK unemployment total hits 17-year high

UK unemployment rose by 27,000 in the three months to the end of January to 2.53 million, the highest since 1994. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the jobless rate was now 8%, the highest since 1996. However, the … Continue reading

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Compulsory retirement to be scrapped

The Default Retirement Age (DRA) is to be phased out this year, the government has confirmed. It means employers will no longer be allowed to dismiss staff just because they have reached the age of 65. The Department for Business … Continue reading

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Bribery Act 2010

The government recently announced that it was delaying for a second time the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010 which was originally intended for October 2010, then pushed back to April 2011. It has now been delayed again as the … Continue reading

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Agency Workers Directive to be introduced on 1st Oct 2011

New government legislation affecting temporary workers rights is to be introduced in October 2011. The new legislation which originated from the European Union will give temporary workers some of the same rights as comparable permanent employees after a 12 week … Continue reading

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