Vodafone union recognition dispute Part #2

22 06 2007

Connect is at a key meeting today over the Vodafone union recognition dispute I mentioned before.

Voda have been stalling and putting this one off so fingers crossed for a good result.


More Help For Failed Pension schemes

21 03 2007

A nice ray of light in today’s budget! Gordon Brown announced increased support for the FAS ( Financial Assistance Scheme) – which provides support to members of pension schemes where the employer went insolvent.

Collapsed occupational schemes have been a bit of an own goal (for the government), so it is nice to see at least some common sense emerge. Thanks to labor and capital blog and to Tigamoo.

New compensation limits from 1 Feb

21 03 2007

The Government has carried out its annual review of the tribunal compensation limits. The upper limit for the compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £58,400 to £60,600.

The cap on a week’s pay for the purpose of calculating redundancy payments and for calculation of the basic award in unfair dismissal cases goes up to £310.

Blogging at work info from TUC

1 03 2007

Just by chance I came across a useful page discussing the issues raised by the massive rise of blogging and how it relates to employment.

Its over here on the TUC’s site.

If you don’t think this is a problem see the petite anglaise blog, where an individual got the sack – and that was in socialistic France. Now you can see why we use pen names on this blog!

Random Drug Checks a Mine Field

24 02 2007

Apart from the rail industry, where drug testing is allowed by the Transport and Works Act 1992, the use of screening is a legal minefield.

According to an employment specialist, in theory any company can impose substance misuse testing but it can be extremely tricky to implement.

Even if an employer has it written into a contract, it is still no guarantee that it is does not contravene the human or employment rights of the worker.

The difficulty arises because drug testing involves taking a hair, saliva, urine or blood sample from an employee and that needs consent.

Taking it forcibly would amount to a physical assault. If an employee refuses to allow the testing, they may claim any subsequent action resulted from an infringement of their rights to privacy, which is protected under the Human Rights Act of 1998.

More at The Telegraph

Increase in minimum annual leave proposed

17 02 2007

The DTI has proposed an increase in minimum holiday entitlement under the Working Time Regulations 1998 from 20 days to 28 days by adding bank holidays.

Entitlement will rise from 20 to 24 days on 1st October 2007, and from 24 to 28 days on 1st October 2008.

Consultation is underway 

Peppone comments 

I suspect that this change is due to some unscrupulous employers taking advantage (as documented on the BBC news site here) of a loop hole in the “The Working Time Regulations ” and counting bank holidays as part of the minimum entitlement.

Thanks to Russell Jones & Walker for the tip