HR News week commencing 20th June 2009

The latest HR and employment news from TeamHR. Breaking news stories are added every week to help keep you and your business up to date with the latest breaking news in employment, employment law, personnel management and HR.

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Weekly working time limits for doctors in training will reduce to 48 hours on 1 August 2009.
Weekly working time limits for doctors in training will reduce to 48 hours on 1 August 2009. With effect from 1st August 2009 the working time limit for doctors in training will be reduced from 56 hours per week to 48 hours per week (The Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2003 amend the Working Time Regulations 1998).
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Employers will NO longer be able to include tips as part of the minimum wage payment from 1 October 2009.
With effect from 1st October 2009 it will be unlawful for employers to use tips, service charges and gratuities to top up staff pay in order to meet the national minimum wage.
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National Minimum Wage rises from £5.73 per hour to £5.80 per hour; and the development rate from £4.77 per hour to £4.83 per hour; and the rate for workers aged 16 to 17 years increases from £3.53 to £3.57 per hour on 1st October 2009.
On 1st October 2009 the main rate rises from £5.73 per hour to £5.80 per hour; the development rate from £4.77 per hour to £4.83 per hour; the rate for workers aged 16 to 17 years increases from £3.53 to £3.57 per hour.
On 1st October 2009 classes of persons who do not qualify for the national minimum wage are specified.
On 1st October 2009 the day value of the accommodation amount that can be taken into account where an employer provides an employee with housing increases from £4.46 to £4.51.
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Employment Tribunal accepts 'environmentalism' as a 'belief' (Nicholson v Grainger).
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Accused entitled to legal representation at internal hearing.
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Prosecutions for employing illegal migrants up over 500%.
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Settlement Negotiations trigger automatic extension of time (Eagles v Rugged Systems Ltd).
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Ruling on holiday pay accrual during long terms sickness absence (Stringer v HRMC).
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Ordering reinstatement - the factors a tribunal must take into account when deciding whether to order reinstatement (Central and NW London NHS Trust v Abimbola).
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