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June 2016 inflation data

Consumer Prices Index inflation in the year to June 2016 stood at 0.5%. The figures are as follows:

Brexit fallout – employment law and immigration

As the UK has to give two years’ notice that it is leaving the EU then it is unlikely that anything will happen immediately. Many laws such as unfair dismissal, minimum wage, the right to strike and some family-friendly policies such as shared parental leave, have no European basis as they are ‘home grown’ laws. 

May 2016 inflation data

Consumer Prices Index inflation in the year to May 2016 stood at 0.3%. The figures are as follows:

Carers not that well cared for in the workplace

Just a third of employers have a formal, written policy or an informal, verbal policy in place to support carers at work, according to CIPD research. With an ageing population and the number of carers set to grow at an alarming rate over the coming years, the report warns that employers should be putting place mechanisms to empower and support working carers before they lose out on key talent.

HR and employment law news in brief

A round up of some HR and employment law-related stories - in addition to those already covered on the website - which have been making the news from 20 May to 2 June 2016.

Legal highs: new legislation in force

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 is now in force. It criminalises the production, distribution, sale and supply of new psychoactive substances (NPS) – otherwise known as ‘legal highs’. Unlike other drug laws, the legislation doesn’t criminalise individual users and simple possession isn’t a criminal offence. But it’s likely that employers, particularly those involved in health and safety critical activities, will need to take a look at their current workplace drugs policies and update them accordingly.
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