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2011 all issues

[cover image]December 2011
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Spies at work - Employer monitoring and surveillance of workers grows ever more prevalent, but unions are also increasingly negotiating to keep practices more acceptable; Workers that lunch - The amounts that staff are allowed to claim for subsistence when they have to work away vary widely, with fixed allowances largely confined to the public sector; Latest case law on discrimination[More ...]

[cover image]November 2011
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Tribunals under attack - From next April workers will need two years' service to take an unfair dismissal claim. Now the government is looking to price workers out of the justice system altogether; Shift pay 2011 - Public sector workers already hit by pay freezes are now facing shift premium cuts. Meanwhile in the private sector shift premia are returning to their normal pattern; Latest case law on contracts, references and employment trubunals[More ...]

[cover image]October 2011
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The 2010-11 Pay Round - Full round up of the year's pay settlements. The average figure for pay settlements improved slightly in 2010-11 compared with the last two years. But the benefits were not apparent to large numbers of workers hit either by the public sector pay freeze or by paltry pay rises in some large industrial agreements; Latest case law on dismissals, redundancies and transfers[More ...]

[cover image]September 2011
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Career-average pensions - Workplace Report examines 14 defined benefit pension schemes in which benefits are linked to individual's earnings over their career rather than their final salary; Moving for the job - What makes for a good relocation agreement?; Latest case law on discrimination[More ...]

[cover image]July 2011
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London weighting - While many organisations have agreed pay additions to help with the higher costs of living and working in the capital, the value of the supplements has stagnated in recent years; Strike ballots - Recent rulings have relaxed the onerous requirements on unions when balloting for industrial action. And there may be more good news to come; Latest case law on Employment tribunals, contracts and negligence[More ...]

[cover image]June 2011
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Redundancy policies - Union reps stress that policies should cover high levels of union involvement at an early stage when job losses are looming. Also key is setting out very detailed steps for avoiding compulsory redundancies. Latest case law on transfers, redundancies and dismissals[More ...]

[cover image]May 2011
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Fit notes - Union reps' experience of the year-old fitnote system is mixed, with some reporting confusion on the part of employers. But a Workplace Report survey finds union involvement can help ensure it works better for both employers and employees. Bereavement leave - Examination of Payline agreements shows that the best policies on time off for bereavement or when relatives are seriously ill are clear and detailed. Latest case law on discrimination[More ...]

[cover image]April 2011
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Paternity rights - The new right to additional paternity leave comes into force, but what will be the uptake? 2010/2011 pay round - LRD's analysis of the pay round so far shows divide between private and public sector deals. Latest case law on industrial action, tribunals and employment contracts[More ...]

[cover image]March 2011
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First aid at the workplace - Most unionised employers comply with requirements for first aid at work, according to a Workplace Report survey. But reps and first aiders have to keep their eyes on the ball. Outlook for inflation - Living standards are being squeezed because of relatively high inflation, especially for those on lower incomes. But for how long? Latest case law on dismissals, transfers and redundancy [More ...]

[cover image]February 2011
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Voluntary sector under attack - As Cameron pushes his Big Society theme, his savaging of the public sector is hitting voluntary sector workers hard. Thousands face redundancy and those who are left are suffering cuts in their pay and conditions. Standby and call-out pay - Payments made to staff for being available outside normal working hours vary widely. Examples from the Labour Research Department's Payline database indicate the many factors to take into account when negotiating on this topic. Discrimination case law[More ...]

[cover image]January 2011
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Bargaining in 2011 - Union reps are not convinced that the private sector can bring a recovery, whether or not they are directly affected by public sector job cuts. Job security remains unions' overall top priority, but with inflation still rising, pay bargaining faces another tough year. Europe - Pay rises are lagging well behind inflation in nearly all EU states. Cuts and freezes in public sector pay are reducing average earnings rises, but other deficit-reduction measures are also affecting the private sector. Latest case law on contracts and employment tribunals [More ...]