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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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    Employers can only dismiss employees fairly for a fair reason and following a fair process. The Employment Rights Act 1996 sets out the 5 potentially fair reasons which are: capability; conduct; redundancy; contravention of a statutory duty or some other substantial reason. Employers must also follow a fair dismissal process which complies with the ACAS[…]

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    Redundancy has a specific technical meaning and is often misunderstood by employers and employees alike. Redundancy is defined as where the employer has ceased to carry on business for the purposes of which the employee was employed or to carry on business in the place where the employee was employed or where the requirements of[…]

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