UK employment law news

Our news bulletins aim to highlight some of the most significant recent developments in UK employment law and practice. Colina Greenway is always happy to discuss the impact of these and other developments on particular client circumstances.

New government guidance on the use of unpaid interns

As students look forward to the long summer vacation and hope to obtain valuable work experience the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has issued guidance on when interns should receive the National Minimum Wage.

Increases to employment tribunal compensation limits

The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases with effect from today from £72,300 to £74,200. This new maximum applies where the effective date of termination is on or after 1 February 2013.

Justification of employer compulsory retirement ages

Since the statutory default retirement age of 65 was repealed in April 2011 employers have been able to set compulsory retirement ages for their own workforces, provided that they are objectively justified. The Supreme Court decision in the case of Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes give useful clarification of the tests that employers must meet in order to justify a compulsory retirement age.