TUPE Traps

For decades now the very acronym “TUPE” has struck fear into the hearts of otherwise bold employers. Now a review of TUPE (the Transfer of Undertaking Protection of Employment) Regulations has been promised. But, in the meantime, there is still much to be wary of in relation to TUPE. The first thing is to remember […]

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RPI running at 5.2% – what are the implications for pay settlements?

The median for pay settlements has been running at about 2.5%; that figures varies a little depending on the source. But RPI has been running above 5% for two months now – should that be reflected in pay settlements? My view is “no” and for several reasons: While commentators are expressing concern that a continuing […]

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Which? way for Care?

Consumer magazine Which? has carried out its own investigation into Care Homes, sending in actors to pose as new residents. As with other media investigations the results give cause for concern. They refer to standards that cite well-being, welfare and independence, but their concluding comment refers to a remark in a 2009 report that “People […]

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Paternity Leave – new rights for men

The law providing a right to Paternity Leave was brought into force on 6 April 2010 and is effective for parents of children who were due on or after 3 April 2011. The changes to paternity leave allow fathers up to six months off work if they transfer leave from their partner. That means mothers […]

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