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Changes to Apprenticeships

Posted by on May 29th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

Changes to Apprenticeships

Changes to Apprenticeships

The new provisions relating to apprenticeships in England came into force on 26 May 2015 (by virtue of section 6 of the Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Saving Provisions) Order 2015 (SI 2015/994)). This amends the existing apprenticeship framework under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (ASCLA 2009) by replacing apprenticeships under ASCALA 2009 with English Apprenticeships in England but not in Wales.

This reform is designed to simplify the existing statutory arrangements already in place and allow employers to design apprenticeship standards for their own sectors.

Under these new provisions an “approved English...

May Employment Law Update

Posted by on May 28th 2015 in Employment, Kitsons News

Welcome to the May issue of our Employment Law Update which is designed to keep you updated on all the latest HR news. This month, following the result of the recent General Election there are a number of changes on the horizon to the landscape of Employment Law which we've detailed below.

We always welcome feedback on how we can support you further, therefore if you have any queries or any comments on our updates, get in touch.

The meaning of ‘Establishment’ for collective redundancies

Following the conclusion of the "Woolworths" case (USDAW and another v WW Realisation 1 Ltd (in liquidation), Ethel Austin Ltd...

The Ashers Bakery Case

Posted by on May 27th 2015 in Blog Posts

The decision in Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd [2015] NICty 2 has highlighted the problems Businesses face in relation to conflicting protected rights.

Summary of facts

The Plaintiff is a gay man associated with QueerSpace, a volunteer led organisation for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi sexual and Transgender Community. Following Political debates on the issue of whether gay marriage should be legalised in Northern Ireland the Plaintiff was due to attend an event in support of this cause. He placed an order with the Defendant for a cake with the logo of QueerSpace and the slogan “Support Gay Marriage”. Following the...

Kitsons Partner Set for Everest Base Camp Charity Trek (Updates)

Posted by on May 6th 2015 in Blog Posts, Kitsons News

06/05/15

UPDATE: Tony Hunt has landed safely in the UK.

Excellent news to hear that Tony Hunt has landed safely in the UK and is currently driving home from London.

It's great to know he's back from such a terrifying adventure. More photos will be posted in due course.

To make a donation please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/KitsonsLLP/

 

01/05/15

UPDATE: Flight back on May 5th as planned.

"Fly back on 5th May as planned. Earlier flights in demand and others are in more need. Another 5.0 magnitude aftershock last night and I slept through it!!"

 

30/04/15

UPDATE: Both have reached the airport now and are fit and well.

Tony and Natalie have reached Lukla...

The Mark Batten Trophy Presentation

Posted by on May 5th 2015 in Kitsons News

Kitsons Solicitors teamed up with The Torquay Skittles League to create The Mark Batten Trophy - in name of our ex-collegue Mark Batten, who sadly passed away a year ago.

On Bank Holiday Saturday, the trophy was awarded at the Torquay Skittles League Annual Presentation for the first time.

Presenting The Mark Batten Trophy on Kitsons' behalf was Ashley Batten, Mark's son. It was handed to The Fix It’s, for - ‘Outstanding Performance Against the Odds’.

This award is an ongoing prize which will be passed on season after season, in the name of Mark Batten.