March

Female First Owner Bought out of Administration

The company behind Female First has been bought out of administration by its former management team. Mark Lund, Head of Insolvency at Turner Parkinson was assisted by Mark Hague acted for the administrator in the sale of the business.

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Change to the Data Protection Act 1998

Section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 will come into force on 10 March 2015. This will make it illegal for an employer to require job applicants to obtain a copy of their criminal record by means of a subject access request.

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General Election May 2015

Labour has announced further intended changes to employment law which will be included in its election manifesto. They focus on assisting young people to get into work and on the living wage. Labour is also focussed on reform of the banking system.

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Government’s New “Fit for Work” (“FfW”) Scheme Rolled Out

The Government’s FfW scheme was launched in December 2014 and provides access for employees, employers and GPs to an advice line. Employers and GPs are also able to refer employees for occupational health assessments free of charge.

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Review of Tribunal Fees Announced

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has announced that his department will be carrying out an urgent review of the employment tribunal fees system. The finds are expected to follow in a matter of weeks.

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