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The age of austerity in an age without retirement

The age of austerity in an age without retirement We are working longer hours, remaining in work later in life, earning less (most of us), with lower pensions. At the same time we are caring more – for both young and old. Parents are part of the sandwich generation in an age of austerity with an ever increasing number of … READ MORE…

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YESS in the press: Giving Legal Advice

YESS solicitor Elaine Heslop’s recent book Giving Legal Advice: An Advisor’s Handbook has been receiving glowing reviews in recent weeks. Now in its second edition, the book is a unique guide to the best practice, skills and tactics for advising clients and conducting cases. Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers describe it as an “indispensable reference … READ MORE…

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Flexible working patterns work for carers: Day 3 of the new regime

The new regime of being able to request reduced hours or being based at home should work well for parents who want more of their children, windsurfers who crave more time with their craft – even those seeking a day for themselves. Yet this flexibility is too rigid for many carers to be able to work. Those who try to … READ MORE…

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Flexible Working: Mummy and Daddy time instead of the Mummy Track?

Until 30 June only employees with caring responsibilities had a right to request flexible working. It is no surprise that it was mainly women who made a request and that this fed into the stereotype of women as less reliable, focussed on family not work and on the ‘Mummy track’. This was so even though in over 30% of couples … READ MORE…

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Early conciliation: the tricky bits

This article covers practical points, clarified by Acas during recent discussions, along with two sets of amending regulations correcting previous drafting.

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The ACAS Early Conciliation scheme is live; essential facts for employees

What is Early Conciliation (EC)? From 6 May before making a tribunal claim you must complete an EC form giving your and the respondent’s name, address. The form is on the Acas website (https://ec.acas.org.uk). The EC support number is 0300 123 1122. Note: you should notify Acas before the time limit for making a claim expires, usually within 3 months … READ MORE…

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Countdown to Early Conciliation (EC): 5 days to go

An overview The Acas early conciliation scheme comes into force on 6 April 2014 but is only mandatory for claims lodged on or after 6 May. The scheme provides that, before making a claim, an employee must provide their and their employer’s contact details to Acas to enable Acas to try and resolve the dispute without the need to go … READ MORE…

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