Confusion over the transitional arrangements for abolishing the default retirement age

Confusion over the transitional arrangements for abolishing the default retirement age We've reported in earlier blog posts, that the default retirement age is coming to an end in October 2011. Here we look at the transitional arrangements that were put in place by the government to do this, and some issues that have cropped up with these. If you've staff whose retirement date falls after 5 April 2011, check through the following pointers to see that you’re ok.
27 February 2011

Dual discrimination provisions will be delayed

Dual discrimination provisions will be delayed The government has announced that the sections of the Equality Act 2010 which outlaw dual discrimination will not come into force from April 2011, as originally promised.
23 February 2011

Right for workers to request time to train will not be extended to small organisations

Right for workers to request time to train will not be extended to small organisations The government has announced that it won't be extending the right for staff to request time off for training, to organisations of less than 250 staff.
20 February 2011

Criminal record checks for those working with children to be scaled back

Criminal record checks for those working with children to be scaled back The Home Office has announced measures to reduce the number of people requiring criminal record checks under the ISA Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
13 February 2011

Government proposes review of employment tribunals

Government proposes review of employment tribunals With the number of tribunal cases growing in England, the coalition is consulting on measures to reduce the number of employment cases which end up in court.
13 February 2011

Change to the treatment of childcare vouchers from April

Change to the treatment of childcare vouchers from April From 6 April 2011, there are changes to the tax treatment of childcare vouchers which will affect staff joining a employer-supported scheme after this date.
13 February 2011

Changes to tax and national insurance thresholds from April 2011

Changes to tax and national insurance thresholds from April 2011 From 6 April 2011, the threshold at which higher rate tax becomes payable reduces from £37,401 to £35,000.
13 February 2011

Statutory redundancy pay increases

Statutory redundancy pay increases From 1 February 2011, the maximum weekly pay for statutory redundancy pay increases from £380 to £400.
09 February 2011

Volunteers not protected by discrimination law

Volunteers not protected by discrimination law The Court of Appeal has concluded that volunteers are not protected under UK discrimination law.
02 February 2011

Bribery Act is halted for a second time

Bribery Act is halted for a second time The Bribery Act 2010 was set to come into force in April 2011. However the Act will be delayed since the Act's supplementary guidance is still under review.
02 February 2011
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