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Employment Tribunal claims down drastically

Employment Tribunal mock hearing case
Recent reports have drawn attention to a drastic reduction in the number of claims that are being brought by workers to Employment Tribunal.  The Government will be pleased. New legislation came into force in July 2013 – part of a raft of policies to cut so-called red tape – which required anyone bringing a claim against their employer to pay a fee in most cases. Since then, ET claim num...

BSI updates design and construction guidance for FM

BIM blueprint construction plans CDM design architecture
The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published updated briefing information for facilities managers to support its guidance on Building Information Modelling (BIM), which will be required on centrally-procured public projects from April 2016. BIM is a key part of the Government Soft Landings (GSL) policy designed to reduce cost and improve performance of asset delivery and operatio...

Government cracks down on firms employing illegal immigrants

Visa immigration passport
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a further tightening of the Government’s policy on immigration that will have an impact on employers who fail to properly check the legal status of their workers. More stringent penalties have been put forward under a new immigration policy that could result in businesses who fail to police their workforce being forced to shut down for 48...

Self-employed exemption from safety law in force soon

red tape cut government
With a 1 October 2015 deadline just weeks away, the Government has issued a reminder about a key change to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 that exempts self-employed workers from health and safety law in many circumstances. The change comes into force under a Deregulation Bill that followed the 2011 Löfstedt Review, which looked to simplify the application of health and safety...