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    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered its opinion on 20 January 2009 in the conjoined cases of Stringer and Others v HMRC and Schultz-Hoff v Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund on the effect of long term sick leave on a worker’s right to annual leave by virtue of the Working Time Directive. The ECJ has held:[…]

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    We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries about compromise agreements from individuals who have been made redundant and offered such an agreement and from employers looking to use compromise agreements as an alternative to using a redundancy consultation process. We therefore thought it would be useful to produce a basic guide to offer those[…]

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    Key  Employment Law Changes for 2011 1. Abolition of the Default Retirement Age One of the biggest legal changes employers will have to contend with in 2011 is the abolition of the default retirement age (DRA). Although the DRA will not be completely abolished until 1 October 2011, transitional arrangements will come into force from[…]

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    The changes are: • the limit on the amount of a week’s pay for the purposes of calculating, among other things, statutory redundancy payments and the basic award for unfair dismissal will increase from GBP 380 to GBP 400; • the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal rises from GBP 65,300 to GBP 68,400; •[…]

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    The Minister of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, Steve Webb, has announced the proposed rates for statutory sick pay and statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay for 2011. The changes are expected to come into force on 11 April 2011. • Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay, and Maternity Allowance, will increase[…]

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    Edward Davey, the Minister for Employment Relations intends to lobby against the European Parliament’s proposed 20 weeks of maternity leave at full pay at a meeting of the EU Council. The Government considers that the proposals to revise the Pregnant Workers Directive would impose considerable and unacceptable costs on many Member States during the recession.[…]

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