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2014 Minimum Wage Rates & Rehabilitation of Offenders

2014 Minimum Wage Rates & Rehabilitation of Offenders


New Minimum Wage Rates for 2014

From 1 October 2014 there will be an increase to minimum wage rates:

• Adult rate - rising from £6.31 to £6.50 (an increase of 3%)
• 18-20 year old rate - rising from £5.03 to £5.13 (an increase of 2%)
• 16-17 year old rate - rising from £3.72 to £3.79 (an increase of 2%)
• Apprentice rate - rising from £2.68 to £2.73 (an increase of 2%)

These increases signify the first increase to the real value of the minimum wage since 2008.
Published Jul 29, 2014 - 02:36 PM
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Obesity and Discrimination
A case has been brought in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to determine whether obesity can be a disability under EU discrimination law. The claimant, who is obese (25 stone), was a child-minder for a local authority in Denmark. He was dismissed because his obesity meant he was unable to perform his duties, including on one occasion when he needed a colleague's help to tie a child's shoelace. He is arguing that this amounts to disability discrimination.
Published Jul 24, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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Zero Hours Contracts Update
About a year ago, the issue of zero-hours contracts became highly contentious. Research showed that there could be more than a million workers on such contracts, where work is not guaranteed. This triggered headlines about the exploitation of workers.
Published Jul 23, 2014 - 09:00 AM
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Should Holiday Pay include Commission?
The European Court of Justice has recently ruled in Lock v British Gas Trading Limited that holiday pay paid to workers should include commission, if it is regular enough to be a part of their normal income. This is about ensuring that workers are not discouraged from taking their holiday by losing out financially as a result.
Published Jul 22, 2014 - 02:28 PM
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Briefing: If the HSE charge for more services, will SMEs stop seeking advice altogether?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its annual report and accounts for 2013/14, detailing the work the safety watchdog has undertaken in the financial year.
Published Jul 15, 2014 - 09:00 AM
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Briefing: The 'Tweeting Commandments'
The Ten Commandments are a set of biblical commandments relating to worship and ethics, which play a fundamental role in Christianity and Judaism and which are also upheld by other religions as a Universal Code of conduct. These life rules were thought to have been received by Moses around the 13th century BC, so they’ve been around for quite some time. Not surprisingly such commandments sometimes struggle with problems arising from new technologies.
Published Jul 14, 2014 - 09:22 AM
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Golf Club unfairly dismissed member of staff
A golf club unfairly dismissed a staff member after she raised concerns about an alleged inappropriate relationship between a club secretary and a member, an employment tribunal in Suffolk recently found.
Published Jul 11, 2014 - 11:41 AM
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Did Suarez bite lumps out of his contract?
Luis Suarez has been banned from playing football for four months after ‘allegedly’ biting an opponent during the World Cup, and therefore finds himself in breach of contract. Liverpool, Suarez’s club, have had to take difficult decisions and are reputedly at an advanced stage of transferring him to Barcelona albeit for a smaller fee than they might have, had he not, as all the jokes go, ‘Gone for a bite of Italian’!
Published Jul 07, 2014 - 09:39 AM
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New Flexible Working Legislation
The right to request flexible working is currently linked to carer responsibilities, including parents of young children, disabled children and adults in need of care.
Published Jun 13, 2014 - 10:09 AM
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Bad References
Many people believe that employers cannot give a bad reference but it is just not true, although bad references are very rare!

If you give a reference, you have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure it is true, accurate and fair and that it is not misleading. This duty is owed to both the employee and to the new employer.
Published Jun 09, 2014 - 09:32 AM
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