Showing posts from February 2011

No More Automatic Retirement Age

This has been in planning for some time, but the final draft regulations have been published and we've had an update from our lawyers Lupton Fawcett. Here's a summary of the new regulations from April 2011: + employers will no longer be able to issue employees with notices of intended retirement based on reaching the default retirement age of 65 + it will not amount to age discrimination to provide insurance benefits or related financial services, for example private medical cover or life insurance, to the under 65s whilst not providing them to the over 65s + retirement based on the default retirement age will no longer be a fair reason for dismissal when considering claims of unfair dismissal + Unless an employer can objectively justify the retirement age used, forced retirement at 65 or over is also likely to amount to age discrimination

Posted by: Bretsa on February 28th, 2011 @ 2:39 PM

Nursery World Prep - Polo Shirts In!

Just 36 hours to go before this year's Nursery show and we're almost ready. Polo shirts in, stand checked, and we're ready to go.Come and say Hi at stand 50:Friday 11th February 9.30-5.00, and Saturday 12th February 9.30-4.00 Nursery World Show Business Design Centre 52 Upper Street Islington N1 0QH

Posted by: Bretsa on February 9th, 2011 @ 2:39 PM

CRB; Vetting and Barring Scheme Announcements

We've heard via BBC news this weekend that the government is about to make 2 important announcements: The first being that the vetting and barring scheme will be scrapped in its entirety. Bretsa welcomes this decision. Whilst we felt the scheme had potential benefits, when simply added to the current CRB system it amounted to a duplication and unhelpful cost structure. The secondly key announcement is that CRB checks with information on will be sent directly to the individual to give them a chance to challenge incorrect information before the copy goes to the employer. Will this increase average return times yet further? It's already not unusual for a CRB to take 12 weeks, even with recent the development of e-disclosures. Bretsa would like to see faster processing but crucially much more clarity and formalising over systems of portability. We will wait at see. Check out the full article here

Posted by: Bretsa on February 6th, 2011 @ 2:39 PM