Employment Law News


Frettens Update: Q&A – Repealing the default retirement age

 13th April 2011      

1 April 2011 This month we focus on the new Regulations which have now been published abolishing the default retirement age (The Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provision) Regulations… Read more »

Frettens Update: Q&A – Legislation changes

This month we summarise the main changes to employment law taking effect in April. We also highlight some changes that were originally scheduled to come into force, but have been… Read more »

 4th May 2011      

Frettens Update: New national minimum wage rates announced

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced the new rates of the national minimum wage to apply from 1 October 2011. The adult rate will increase from £5.93… Read more »


Frettens Update: Employee providing maternity cover unfairly dismissed

Under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (“the Act”) an employer can fairly dismiss an employee hired to provide maternity cover when the employee on maternity leave returns to work. However,… Read more »


Frettens Update: Man succeeds in 'maternity' sex discrimination claim

In an unusual case the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has upheld a tribunal’s decision that favouring a woman on maternity leave in a redundancy scoring exercise was sex discrimination against… Read more »


Frettens Update: Impact of retirement changes on share schemes

The abolishing of the default retirement age of 65 is the potential necessity for employers to amend their employee share scheme rules as a result. This is because many such… Read more »


Frettens Update: Harassment claim fails where not reasonable for Claimant to take offence

1 April 2011 In Thomas Sanderson Blinds v English (No.2) the Employment Appeals Tribunal (“EAT”) upheld a Tribunal’s decision to reject a harassment claim, having taken into account evidence that… Read more »

 13th April 2011      

Frettens Update: Tribunal's reasoning ought to be read 'in the round'

1 April 2011 In Fuller v London Borough of Brent the Court of Appeal (“CA”) has upheld a Tribunal’s decision that the Claimant was unfairly dismissed for gross misconduct. The… Read more »


Frettens Update: Additional Paternity Leave ("APL") and Pay

1 April 2011 The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010 allow fathers (and adoptive partners) the right to up to six months’ paternity leave which can be taken once the mother… Read more »


Frettens Update: 2011 Budget – Impact on Employment

1 April 2011  The Government published the 2011 Budget and accompanying ‘Plan for Growth’ last week. While many of the employment-related measures had already been announced, some were unexpected, including… Read more »


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