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Consultation on revision to Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedure

Acas has launched a consultation on a revision to the Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures to reflect the EAT’s recent decision in Toal and anor v GB Oils. The EAT suggested that the Code did not accurately reflect the law on the right to be accompanied in disciplinary and grievance hearings and in particular the law relating to the need to make a reasonable request. 

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Retail Property and Business Rates

Business rates are due to increase by 3.2% in April 2014. They usually amount to about 40% on top of the rents that are paid. How can retailers afford this when so many of them are going out of business? Costs are rising but sales have not been.

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Students to the UK

Following on from my earlier blog on net migration, the UK Government’s policy of reducing net migration from “hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands” is not only having a knock on effect on businesses but also on students. Students form the largest group of visa applications and therefore a significant reduction in their numbers will aid the aim of achieving the “tens of thousands” figure promoted as Conservative policy. But at what cost?

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Net Migration

At the moment, net migration seems to be the driver behind much of the Government’s policy on immigration.  The Conservative Party’s manifesto before it came into power in May 2010 was to reduce “net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands” by 2015. Most pundits do not think this is possible and that it was a foolish promise to make to the electorate. The net migration figure rose to 250,000 in the early years of the coalition.  Current net migration figures released in August by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) indicated that net migration had risen to 176,000 – up from 153,000 in the year end to September 2012.

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Changes to the Immigration Rules

On 6 September 2013, the UK laid before Parliament a written statement which outlined a series of changes to the UK Immigration Rules.  I have set out below a few of the changes for your information.

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