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New Minimum Wage Rates

The Government has accepted the recommendations put forward in the Low Pay Commission's annual report 2014 for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for 2014/2015.

The following changes will come into effect on 1 October 2014:

  • the adult NMW rate will increase from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour;
  • the NMW rate for workers age 18 to 20 will increase from £5.03 to £5.13 per hour;
  • the NMW rate for 16- and 17-year-olds will increase from £3.72 to £3.79 per hour; and
  • the apprentice rate of the NMW, which applies to apprentices under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship, will increase from £2.68 to £2.73 per hour.

The accommodation offset will increase from £4.91 to £5.08 per day.

 

Fresh Evidence Does Not Avail Sacked Teacher

An ex-teacher who lost her job after more than five years of increasing tension in her workplace has failed in an attempt to breathe new life into her unfair dismissal claim on the basis of fresh evidence gathered through freedom of information requests.

The woman’s employment had been characterised by personality clashes, extended periods of sick leave through stress and allegations and counter-allegations of poor performance and bullying. An Employment Tribunal (ET) had in 2009 dismissed her claim on the basis that there had been an irretrievable breakdown in trust and confidence, for which she was in large part responsible.

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Flexible Working – New Implementation Date

The Government has announced that from 30 June 2014 the right to request flexible working arrangements will be extended to all employees, provided they have worked for their employer for 26 weeks continuously at the date the application is made. The original implementation date for this measure was 6 April 2014, but this had to be extended owing to delays to the Children and Families Bill. This is now expected to gain Royal Assent this month.

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Court Defines ‘Constable’ in Employment Context

In a unique decision which defined the ancient common law office of ‘constable’ in the employment context, the Court of Appeal has reluctantly blocked a former parks police sergeant from pursuing an unfair dismissal claim.

The sergeant had served in the London Borough of Redbridge’s parks police service until a personality clash with a colleague precipitated his suspension, disciplinary proceedings and, eventually, his dismissal. There was no dispute that the man was an employee of the Council.

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