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The baring of teeth in popular culture (for Halloween, the dental work in Real Wives of Orange County and by media vampires) has recently been reflected in commercial and judicial culture too. How?  By an Employment Tribunal ordering a transferor to pay £65,500 to a transferee as compensation for the transferor having failed to provide Employee Liability Information. Is it significant?  Yes, because providing Employee Liability Information at least 28 (previously 14) days before a TUPE transfer takes place has long been regarded by...

The government is set to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. Do you have strong views about zero hours contracts?  A lot of people do. The government launched a consultation on their use (or misuse) in December 2013. By the time that consultation closed in March 2014, it had received over a record breaking 36,000 responses. Zero hours contracts are contracts under which an employer does not guarantee to provide any work and only pays the worker for...

Of all the issues that affect employers and individuals, the use of zero hours employment contracts was one that was particularly picked up on by, and debated, in the media last year. Are they one of the ways by which the UK has developed a flexible labour force able to avoid the levels of unemployment seen recently in some other European countries? Or are they (as Dave Prentis General Secretary of Unison has argued) "a return to the bad old days...

At the time of giving my talk, there was a hope that changes would be proposed to TUPE to make it more flexible and commercial, in particular to enable an employer, taking on new employees following a transfer, to harmonise the terms and conditions which pre-2014 changes, was not permitted. Fast forward to 2014 and The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations 2013 will come into force on 31st January 2014. But will the changes make a difference? Will...

Could employers save some money, and could employees save income tax, if the recommendations of the Office of Tax Simplification (“OTS”) about the taxation of termination payments are followed?  "Don't Hold Your Breath" is the current answer. The OTS is a little-known Government-sponsored department.  It was set up in 2010.  Its purpose is clear from its name.  The fact that it exists is regarded by many people as a Good Thing.  It comprises a small group of experts, with its core...

There is a new limit on the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissals.   For terminations which fall after Monday, 29th July 2013, the limit of the compensatory award in most types of unfair dismissal claims is now 52 weeks' pay or £74,200 (as at 1st 1 February 2013), whichever is the lower.  The limit remains at £74,200 for terminations on or before 28th July 2013....

In January 2011 the Government introduced the "One-in, One-out" rule.  This required each £1 of additional cost imposed on business by new regulations or legislation to be matched by an equivalent saving.  Then in January 2013 it introduced the "One-in, Two-out" rule.  This requires each £1 of additional cost imposed on business by new regulations or legislation to be matched by double the saving.  Apparently the Government is also on track with its Red Tape Challenge. Those of us who are...

After a recent flurry of activity around bankers' bonuses, now is a good time to take stock and look at what is next for EU plans to cap them. In February 2013, the European Parliament announced its intention to cap bankers’ bonuses to either a maximum of one year's basic salary or twice the individual’s basic salary where shareholder approval has been given.  This will apply to all those who work for EU financial institutions, whether the banker concerned works within...