Welcome to this year's final edition of the Employment & Pensions newsletter. Where has the time gone, you say? We agree! This year has been full of legal developments, interesting cases and lots of future proposals to keep us busy well into next year. Highlights include the introduction of race discrimination in Jersey, formal proposals for disability discrimination in Guernsey and shared parental leave in the UK. With lots more changes afoot for 2015, rest assured that we will be the first to keep you up to date.

May we take this opportunity to thank those of you who attended our ever popular Spring and Autumn seminar series in Guernsey. Hopefully you found the sessions useful and informative. We will kick off next year's Guernsey seminars on 13 and 20 March 2015 looking at issues of mental health and stress in the workplace. As always, bacon butties will be available! Look out for more details nearer the time. Details on the Jersey seminars will follow in the New Year. 

In the meantime, if you have any ideas for seminars, please let us know using the link below; these seminars are geared to help you, so if there is anything that you want to hear more about we are only too happy to impart our wisdom.

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Finally, from all of us here in the Collas Crill Employment Team, may we wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you all again in the New Year.

Redundancy versus Maternity - is there a winner?

We are often asked by Channel Island employers embarking on a redundancy or restructuring process whether they have an obligation to offer an alternative role to an employee who is on maternity leave. Read Emma Parr's article  Redundancy versus Maternity - is there a winner?

The Royal Court Says No To A 100% Reduction in Compensation For Unfair Dismissal

The Jersey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal's jurisdiction to reduce a compensation award for unfair dismissal is now well established. The Tribunal's power to find that an employee has been unfairly dismissed, but then reduce the award the employee receives, is designed to ensure that justice is properly served.

Simon Hurry looks at a recent case were the Royal Court, acting as the Employment and Discrimination Appeal Tribunal, overturned the Tribunal's decision to discount a compensation award by 100%.

Meanwhile the Social Security Minister has extended the qualifying period to claim unfair dismissal to 52 weeks' continuous service for employee starting work after 1 January 2015 - will it last?

Read Simon's article:  The Royal Court says no to a 100% reduction in compensation for unfair dismissal

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