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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 7 Jun 2011

New resources

Revised CIPDTUC guide on Managing Age reflecting the removal of the default retirement age and other changes.

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 5 Apr 2011

Tax: problems with concession for legal fees on termination

Currently an extra statutory concession provides that an employee's legal fees in connection with the termination of employment are tax-free if they are paid by the employer to the employee's lawyer under the terms of a settlement agreement, or are paid pursuant to a court or tribunal order.

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 23 Dec 2010

Discrimination compensation: only financial loss arising from termination is taxable

Compensation for discrimination (other than for financial loss arising from termination) is tax-free, even where it is considerably more than a tribunal would award for injury to feelings.

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 23 Dec 2010

New legislation

From 1 February 2011, the cap on the unfair dismissal compensatory award will increase from £65,300 to £68,400.

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 5 Nov 2010

New resources: childcare vouchers, pregnancy rights, pensions

HMRC guidance for employers on the tax changes for employees joining employer childcare voucher schemes from 6 April 2011.

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | European Union | 1 Oct 2010

Tax: VAT charge on retail vouchers

The European Court of Justice has ruled that part payment of salary to employees in the form of retail vouchers is a taxable supply for VAT purposes.

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 23 Dec 2009

Top 10 employment law cases 2009

Employers can continue to rely on the default retirement age of 65 - for the time being.

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 5 Aug 2009

Holiday during sick leave: House of Lords ruling

The House of Lords' decision concerning holiday rights while off sick was covered in our special 12 June e-bulletin.

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 12 Jun 2009

House of Lords ruling on holiday during sick leave

In January 2009 the European Court of Justice ruled that employees accrue statutory holiday while off sick, but left open several questions as to how this works under UK law.

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP | United Kingdom | 5 Jun 2009

National minimum wage: new rates and the treatment of tips

From 1 October 2009, the national minimum wage rate will increase to £5.80 per hour for workers aged 22 and over, £4.83 for workers aged 18 to 21, and £3.57 for workers aged 16 and 17.

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