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The government has published a White Paper setting out its 12 priority areas for Brexit

So, what does this mean for employment rights? There is very little detail in the Paper, and it provides no new information on workers’ rights.  It simply sets out that the Great Repeal Bill will maintain existing EU protections for workers and that these rights will be protected when EU law is converted into domestic legislation.

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The government has responded to calls for better pregnancy and maternity protection

The government has published its response to the Women and Equalities Committee’s report which called for better pregnancy and maternity protection.  This report demonstrated that the number of expectant and new mothers forced to leave their jobs had almost doubled since 2005.  The Equalities and Human Rights Commission reported last year that 6% of women are made redundant and 11% feel forced to…

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Employment Tribunal decisions are now available online

As of 9 February 2017, ET decisions are now available online at https://www.gov.uk/employment-tribunal-decisions.

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Creditors reject CVA Proposal to pursue claims against the Co-op

Creditors rejected a proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement proposed by The Food Retailer Operations Limited yesterday.  The company was formerly part of Co-Op Group having formerly as Somerfield Stores Limited.  The Co-Op had transferred 497 stores to another Co-Op group company in 2015.  Between October 2015 and February 2016 the Co-Op had then taken £500 million out of the company before…

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The “gig economy” continues to expand, what are the employment law implications?

Those registered as “self employed” now stands at 15% (or 1 in 6) with ever increasing numbers carrying out a variety of work for a number of businesses. This has been labelled the “gig economy”. Businesses can now use online platforms to outsource tasks to a large pool of workers as well as people being engaged directly on temporary contracts or doing separate pieces of work, each paid…

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