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National minimum wage rises

The following rates apply from 1 October 2014:

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Important change for companies which employ drivers

Since 10 September 2014, all professional drivers (essentially lorry, bus and coach drivers) have needed to carry a Driver's Qualification Card (DQC). To get this, they must pass the Drivers Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) – and it will be a criminal offence to drive without it.

Organisations could also find themselves criminally liable if their drivers

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Fees and more

Discontent around employment tribunal fees shows little sign of abating. 

After losing its application for judicial review of the decision to bring in fees, Unison reportedly plans to introduce more evidence to support its appeal.

And the word on the street is that, in light of the huge drop in the number of claims being issued, the judicial review application may be lodged afresh. 

The latest employment tribunal statistics show that the number of single claims issued between April and June 2014 was

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Emergency time off

Ellis v Ratcliff Palfinger

Employees are entitled to take unpaid reasonable time off work to deal with dependant-related emergencies. It's subject to their telling the employer – as soon as reasonably practicable - why they are absent and for how long they expect to be off work.

Mr Ellis' automatically unfair dismissal case failed because

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