The Ministry of Justice is consulting on its guidance on the procedures that commercial organisations should put in place to prevent persons associated with them from bribing. Adequate anti-bribery procedures will enable organisations to rely on the statutory defence to a charge of failing to prevent bribery under the Bribery Act 2010. The consultation on [...]

The Government has announced that the right to request flexible working will be extended to parents of children under 18 years old from April 2011. A consultation on extending the right to all employees, and the introduction of a flexible parental leave system, will be published later this year.
Currently, the right to request flexible working [...]

The Government Equalities Office has announced the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 – which consolidates and harmonises complex discrimination legislation currently spread across dozens of Acts of Parliament and statutory instruments – that will come into force on 1 October. As expected, this first wave of implementation will include the majority of the Act’s [...]

The main legislative change on 1 October, other than the commencement of the Equality Act, is the increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW). The ‘adult’ rate rises from £5.80 to £5.93 per hour. Regulations intended to prevent employment agencies exploiting people wanting to work in industries such as modelling also come into force.
The National [...]

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