Final TUPE amendment regulations provide “welcome clarification”, but uncertainties remain, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 16th, 2014 in contract of employment, employment, news, redundancy, regulations, trade unions by tracey

‘Companies can now start “looking in earnest” at how to make changes to the regime governing protections for employees transferring to a new employer after the publication of final regulations clarified some outstanding questions about the new regime, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th January 2014

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HMRC targets unpaid intern employers – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2013 in HM Revenue & Customs, minimum wage, news, trade unions, young persons by michael

“HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is targeting 200 employers who recently advertised internships to ensure they are paying the minimum wage.”

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BBC News, 11th November 2013

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Government to review legality of “intimidating” trade union leverage campaigns – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 8th, 2013 in harassment, illegality, news, trade unions by tracey

“The Government is right to consider a review of the civil and criminal laws surrounding so-called ‘leverage campaigns’, with a view towards making it harder for trade unions to engage in ‘industrial intimidation’ during labour disputes, an expert has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th November 2013

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Unison to challenge employment tribunal fees in High Court – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 22nd, 2013 in employment tribunals, fees, human rights, news, trade unions, tribunals by tracey

“The union is bringing a legal challenge over the introduction of fees for employment tribunals to the High Court tomorrow.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st October 2013

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Probation officers vote to strike in protest at privatisation – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2013 in contracting out, industrial action, news, probation, trade unions by sally

“Probation officers have voted by an overwhelming majority to go on strike in protest at government plans to privatise the service.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2013

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Construction firms to compensate workers whose names were on blacklist – The Guardian

“Major construction companies are to compensate workers whose names were on a secret industry blacklist. The dramatic development follows years of campaigning by unions after it was discovered that more than 3,200 names, mainly of building workers, were kept on the list, drawn up by a shadowy organisation called the Consulting Association.”

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The Guardian, 10th October 2013

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Agency Worker Regulations – Watch This Space – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 19th, 2013 in contract of employment, employment, news, regulations, trade unions by sally

“Russell Holland looks at the recent concerns raised by the TUC in relation to the Agency Worker Regulations.”

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No. 5 Chambers, 16th September 2013

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Jewish academic Moty Cristal sues Unison for racial discrimination – The Independent

Posted September 13th, 2013 in damages, news, race discrimination, trade unions by tracey

“One of Britain’s biggest trade unions unlawfully sought the cancellation of a Jewish academic’s speaking engagement on the grounds that he was from Israel, a court has heard.”

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The Independent, 11th September 2013

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Companies that blacklist workers face ban from public contracts in Wales – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2013 in company law, construction industry, news, public procurement, trade unions, Wales by tracey

“Companies that blacklist workers for taking part in trade union activity face being barred from multibillion-pound public sector contracts under plans unveiled by the Welsh government.”

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The Guardian, 11th September 2013

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Union activists awarded compensation after being cleared of racism over leaflet – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2013 in compensation, employment tribunals, news, racism, trade unions by tracey

“Four senior members of Unison have been awarded almost £50,000 in compensation after a panel ruled their use of a cartoon of a 17th century proverb on leaflets was not racist.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th September 2013

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Activists barred from badger protest – The Independent

Posted August 23rd, 2013 in agriculture, animals, demonstrations, injunctions, news, trade unions by sally

“A High Court judge granted an injunction today that will allow people to protest peacefully against the controversial badger cull within the trial culling zones, but bar a handful of named hardcore activists from the area.”

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The Independent, 22nd August 2013

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Farmers Union applies for injunction that aims to stop badger cull protests – The Independent

Posted August 22nd, 2013 in agriculture, animals, demonstrations, injunctions, news, pilot schemes, trade unions by sally

“If granted by the High Court, it would prevent any protest against the pilot scheme.”

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The Independent, 21st August 2013

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No trade unions for clergy if the Archbishop says no, rules European Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 2nd, 2013 in clergy, human rights, news, trade unions by sally

“The Orthodox Archbishop of Craiova in Romania, that is, not the Archbishop of Canterbury. The European Court of Human Rights recently handed down an interesting ruling on Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) that could also have more far-reaching consequences for the application of Article 9 (freedom of religion).”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st August 2013

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ATE providers and unions – authors of their own misfortune? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 31st, 2013 in costs, insurance, legal aid, news, third parties, time limits, trade unions by sally

“We all know the gravy train is coming to an end. With the abolition of inter partes recovery of After the Event (ATE) premiums and equivalents, ATE providers and unions are scrambling to fill the void in their coffers this will create. Recently, there has been outrage at the suggestion that retrospective reform should be introduced to limit the recoverability of pre 1 April ATE premiums and equivalents, imposing a finite timescale. But is this really justified, or are the ATE providers and union funders bringing such measures on themselves by their disproportionate attitude to the quantum of premiums?”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th July 2013

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Police lose A19 ‘forced retirement’ challenge – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2013 in age discrimination, news, police, retirement, trade unions by tracey

“A regulation allowing police forces to forcibly retire officers after 30 years’
service is not unlawful, the High Court has ruled.”

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BBC News, 25th July 2013

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Lobbyist register plan outlined by ministers – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2013 in bills, lobbying, news, parliament, trade unions by tracey

“Ministers have outlined plans for a statutory register of lobbyists, saying it would boost public confidence about outside influence on decision-making.”

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BBC News, 17th July 2013

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UNISON applies for judicial review of employment tribunal fees – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 25th, 2013 in employment tribunals, judicial review, news, trade unions, tribunals, women by sally

“UNISON has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the Ministry of Justice’s decision to introduce employment tribunal fees from the end of next month, it has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th June 2013

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Unison to Judicially Review ‘Brutal’ Employment Tribunal Fees – UK Human Rights Blog

“News that Unison has applied for Judicial Review of the Government’s controversial plans to introduce fees in the Employment Tribunal has gone viral in the Labour Law community. A key theme in the application is access to justice for working people, particularly women.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st June 2013

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Ministry of Justice plans to cut court services trigger strikes – The Guardian

“Court staff are being called out on strike on Monday amid growing opposition to the Ministry of Justice’s proposals to contract out services, cut legal aid and limit the use of judicial review.”

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The Guardian, 13th June 2013

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Racial harassment claim by Jewish teacher over union’s Israel-Palestine policies fails – UK Human Rights Blog

“In this case, a member of the Union brought various claims of harassment related to his ‘race, religion or belief’ under section 57 of the Equality Act 2010. The wide ranging allegations made by the Claimant arose, in essence, from the way in which Union had handled the Israel/Palestine debate. For example, claims arose from motions debated at the Union’s congress on proposals for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions and related questions. The Claimant alleged that the Union was guilty of ‘institutional anti-Semitism’ which he alleged constituted harassment of him as a Jewish member of the Union.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th April 2013

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