George v Ministry of Justice – WLR Daily

George v Ministry of Justice [2013] EWCA Civ 324; [2013] WLR (D) 144

“A provision in a collective agreement allowing for time off in lieu within a specified period where a prison officer was requested to work extra hours was not contractual.”

WLR Daily, 17th April 2013

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Family Rights at Work – Cloisters

Posted February 15th, 2013 in employment, families, flexible working, maternity leave, news, paternity leave by sally

“The Government has published its response to the ‘Modern Workplaces’ consultation on the overhaul of family rights at work, including shared parental leave, extended flexible working and new rights for surrogate parents. Rachel Crasnow explains the issues.”

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Cloisters, 17th January 2013

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Why government reforms on employment law make little sense – Law Society’s Gazette

“There were some statistics that private equity pioneer Adrian Beecroft did not include in his highly controversial report on employment law published last year. The number of claims brought by employees in employment tribunals fell from 236,000 in 2009-10 to 186,000 in 2011-12. The number of claims for both sex and age discrimination has almost halved. And the median award for most types of claim remains low, at around £5,000 (two months’ average pay). Given that these figures relate to a period of acute economic turbulence, they are counterintuitive.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th January 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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How the workplace will change in 2013 – OUT-LAW.com

“What changes can workers expect from their employers in the coming year? Employment law expert Edward Goodwyn of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, looks ahead to some significant changes.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th January 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

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New rights for surrogate parents as part of innovative overhaul of flexible parental leave framework – Cloisters

Posted November 20th, 2012 in flexible working, news, parental rights, surrogacy by sally

“Parental leave is to be shared more equally in the future. From 2015 the UK will have a new system of flexible parental leave in place”

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Cloisters, November 2012

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Government acts to remove “gender bias” on parental leave and flexible working – OUT-LAW.com

“A new system of shared flexible parental leave will allow parents to choose how they share childcare responsibilities in the first year after a child’s birth, the Government has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2012

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Flexible working patterns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 26th, 2012 in flexible working, legal profession, news, solicitors, women by sally

“In the legal profession’s workaholic culture, achieving work/life balance has always been a struggle – and still is. The term ‘work/life balance’ has such negative connotations in private practice that some firms have banned it from their vocabulary. At Ashurst, for example, they refer to ‘work/life fit’. Speaking at the International Women in Law Summit last month, Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen said how one ‘fits home life into work’ was ‘a more honest’ description of what was realistic in law firms, particularly in transactional work.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th April 2012

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Motherhood is no bar – The Lawyer

Posted March 26th, 2012 in barristers, families, flexible working, news, queen's counsel by sally

“Contrary to popular perception, the bar is not such a bad place for mothers. Or so says Rebecca Sabben-Clare of 7KBW, one of 88 barristers to be made up in the latest silk round.”

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The Lawyer, 26th March 2012

Source: www.thelawyer.com

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Are law firms finally addressing the need for better work-life balance? – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2011 in flexible working, law firms, news by sally

“Flexible working and sabbaticals among initiatives being introduced to bolster lawyer retention rates.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Radical reforms for parental leave and flexible working proposed – Home Office

Posted May 18th, 2011 in flexible working, news, parental rights, sex discrimination by tracey

“Theresa May, the Home Secretary and minister for women and equalities, today backed a consultation on modernising Britain’s workplace laws.”

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Home Office, 16th May 2011

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Flexible working regulations for parents to be scrapped – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2011 in flexible working, news, parental rights by sally

“The government is to scrap regulations due to come into force next month that would have given parents with children under 17 the right to request flexible working as part of a package of measures to reduce bureaucracy for businesses.”

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The Guardian, 18th March 2011

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Millions of parents gain flexible working rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 7th, 2009 in flexible working, news by sally

“The right to ask employers for flexible work arrangements will be extended to 4.5 million parents of older children.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th April 2009

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Workplace grievance and flexible working laws change on Monday – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 2nd, 2009 in disciplinary procedures, flexible working, news by sally

“The way workplace disputes are handled will change from Monday. The Government’s scrapping of the statutory grievance and disciplinary procedures is just one of the law changes that will come into effect on 6th April.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd April 2009

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Woman forced to quit job wins new rights for carers – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2008 in carers, flexible working, news by sally

“Millions of people trying to combine work with caring for disabled or elderly relatives will have the right to claim against employers who discriminate against them in refusing to offer flexible working, following a ruling yesterday by the Employment Tribunal.”

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The Guardian, 28th November 2008

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Mandelson halts flexitime reforms – The Independent

Posted October 20th, 2008 in flexible working, news by sally

“Plans to allow 4.5 million parents to work flexibly are to be delayed by the Government as it searches for ways to help businesses survive the economic downturn.”

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The Independent, 20th october 2008

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Lack of work-life balance could deter talent from profession, says study – Legal Week

Posted October 14th, 2008 in flexible working, legal profession, news by sally

“Long hours and barriers to flexible working could cause a drain on the legal profession with young mothers and fathers struggling to find a balance between family and career, new research has found.”

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Legal Week, 14th October 2008

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Government consults on extension of flexible working rights – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 27th, 2008 in consultations, flexible working, news by sally

“The Government has asked business what it thinks about its plans to extend flexible working rights to parents of children up to the age of 16.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th August 2008

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New right to ‘flexitime’ for 4.5 million parents – The Independent

Posted July 23rd, 2008 in flexible working, news, part-time work by sally

“The government is to encourage more fathers to work part time or flexible hours so that they can spend more time with their children.”

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The Independent, 23rd July 2008

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The Big Question: Are equality laws backfiring, with employers reluctant to hire women? – The Independent

Posted July 16th, 2008 in equality, flexible working, maternity leave, news, women by sally

“The head of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Nicola Brewer, has just announced that recent and future improvements to maternity pay may, ironically, be backfiring on women by making employers wary of hiring and promoting them. The industrial neanderthal Sir Alan Sugar has added fuel to the fire by claiming recently that many employers bin the CVs of women of childbearing age without even considering their job applications.”

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The Independent, 15th July 2008

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Paid maternity leave does us no favours either, say fathers – The Times

Posted July 15th, 2008 in flexible working, maternity leave, special report by sally

“A benefit that enriches family life or a burden that sabotages women’s careers? Nicola Brewer’s claim that the extension of maternity leave and parental rights has hampered women’s employment chances has drawn praise and criticism in equal measure.”

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The Times, 15th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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