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Sep 2014

National Minimum Wage Rates to Rise

With effect from 1 October 2014, the following minimum wage rates come into force: The adult rate (for those 21 and over) increases from £6.31 to 6.50 per hour; The rate for 18-20 year olds increases from £5.03 to £5.13; The rate for 16-17 year olds increases from £3.72 to £3.79; The apprentice rate increases…

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26
Sep 2014

Early Conciliation: First Quarter Update

ACAS have recently published the first set of statistics on early conciliation, since the new regime was introduced in April 2014. Motivated by a desire to reduce the number of claims reaching the Employment Tribunal, a new system of Early Conciliation was introduced on the 6 April 2014. Under the new system, it is now…

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26
Sep 2014

ACAS Publishes Dress Code Guidance

ACAS has recently updated its guidance focussing on staff uniforms, health and safety requirements and religious dress as well as tattoos and piercings.   The starting point for any dress code should be the staff handbook. Dress codes usually implement either an official staff uniform or promote a more generic “appropriate standard of dress”. The…

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23
Sep 2014

New skin cancer drug given green light

A health body has recommended that a new drug developed to treat skin cancer should be made available on the NHS. The drug, Dabrafenib (Tafinlar) which can help some patients with advanced stage melanoma, has been given the green light by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). In final draft guidance, NICE…

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23
Sep 2014

Worsening health service finances

The regulator Monitor will shortly be releasing details of 147 ‘elite’ NHS foundation trusts in England, including hospitals, ambulance services and mental health services. The findings are expected to say that the trusts are running up an overall deficit for the first time, raising the concern that performance levels may drop, with the effect being…

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16
Sep 2014

Yorkshire’s Legal People chosen to judge at prestigious industry awards.

Private client law specialist Amanda Simmonds of Family Law has been invited to sit on a panel of experts to judge the Large Legal Team of the Year category in this year’s STEP Private Client Awards 2014/15. Qualifying as a solicitor in 1988, Amanda joined Chadwick Lawrence earlier this year as an associate. She specialises in…

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