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New Flexible Working Regime

30th June 2014 saw the introduction of the new Flexible Working Regulations which will amend the current requirements for both making and considering flexible working requests under the Employment Rights Act (ERA) 1996. The new regulations will make the right to request flexible working more...

Turn Up Early to See Dr Hughes

Every blog needs a heart-warming story. Here’s mine. Richard Hughes has recently retired as a GP after working for a medical practice in Portsmouth for 32 years. He must have made an impression. At his retirement, patients queued round the block to wish him well and to offer him gifts. His secret?...

ACAS Early Conciliation

ACAS Early Conciliation came into force on 6th April 2014. Between 6th April 2014 and 5th May 2014 there was a transitional period, with the system becoming mandatory for claims presented on or after 6th May 2014. What is it ACAS Early Conciliation? In summary, Claimants now have to submit details...

Parental Leave – An Update

Most people are aware that if a female employee is pregnant, she is generally entitled to take up to one year off work, on maternity leave, with (some) pay. The law also provides that eligible male employees are allowed to take either one whole week or two consecutive weeks paternity leave...

New Minimum Wage Rates

The Government has now accepted recommendations for the National Minimum Wage rates to be increased for 2014/2015. Recommendations in respect of such increases were put forward in the Low Pay Commissions’ annual report for 2014 and will come into force on 1st October 2014. The following increases...

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