Diamond Jubiliee and Olympics

With the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics there will be many Corporate Events and Street Parties thoughout the UK and event cancellation insurance should be a consideration. This Newsletter also features Trade Creditor and Product recall insurance along with developments in respect of Whiplash claims and Plant theft increase from constructions site and farms.http://www.rmkinsurance.com/news.asp?intID=23 View original article…

Great news for employers at last 2 year time limit for unfair dismissal introduced

The Government has streamlined employment tribunals to cut unnecessary demands on employers, and encourage growth, while safeguarding workers’ rights. From 6 April:

  • The qualifying period for claiming unfair dismissal will rise from one to two years
  • Judges will be able to sit alone in unfair dismissal cases
  • Witness statements can be provided in writing as opposed to the current rules where a witness reads their own statement out aloud
  • The maximum level for costs awarded to businesses winning a vexatious tribunal claim will rise from £10,000 to £20,000. Deposit orders required by claimants when a judge determines that a part of claim is unmerited will increase from £500 to £1,000.

Health and safety overkill to be challenged by official body common sense on the horizon?

Health and Safety Executive sets up mythbusters panel to tackle misuse of legislation by ‘jobsworths’ The mythbusters panel will aim to get rid of ‘daft’ rules such as a ban on children playing conkers without goggles Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA An official voice to combat misuses of health and safety legislation is being launched by ministers.…

proposals to help industrial accident victims subject to more delay

Implementation of the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 has been delayed again and is now unlikely to be commenced until some point next year.

Having been fast-tracked through Parliament by the last Government as part of new procedures for non-contentious Law Commission recommendations, the Act first stalled under the coalition Government, which undertook new scrutiny of all proposed legislation.