Employment Changes in 2011

25th March 2011
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Employment Changes in 2011

There will be many changes for businesses to be aware of this year in the world of employment.  The main ones are summarised below:-

February 2011

  • A week’s pay will rise from £380 to £400 (used to calculate for example redundancy payments).
  • The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal claims will rise from £65,300 to £68,400.
  • Guarantee pay increases from £21.20 per day to £22.20 (paid in certain circumstances when an employee is laid off by his employer).

April 2011

  • The phasing out of the Default Retirement Age (65) will begin from 6 April. This means that employers will not now be automatically able to retire employees by simply giving them 6 months’ notice.  For further details see our article below by Helen O’Leary.
  • There will be a Limit on migration from non European Countries which will apply from 1 April.
  •  Additional paternity leave. This allows the father (or mother’s partner) to take part of the mother’s maternity leave so as to allow the mother to return to work, up to 26 weeks in the first year of the children’s life.  In the case of adoption, within the first year of adoption. They may also be entitled to additional paternity pay. This will effect parents whose child is born on or after 3 April 2011 or who are matched for adoption with a person who is notified of the match on or after 3 April 2011.
  • New rates of Statutory Maternity pay Statutory Adoption pay, Statutory Paternity pay and Statutory Sick pay from the 3 April 2011. The first three will increase from £124.88 to £128.73 per week. Statutory Sick pay will increase from £79.15 to £81.60 per week. The weekly earning threshold for these first three will also increase from £97 to £102.
  • The Single Equality duty Introduced. The Equality Act 2010 replaces the current public sector duties to promote equality with a single equality duty. This will oblige public authorities to have regard for the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other prohibited conduct. This will take effect on the 6 April 2011.
  • There will be a public holiday on 29 April 2011 to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton!!
  • The basic state pension rate will increase as well as benefit payments in line with the consumer price index.
  • The right to request flexible working will be extended to parents of children under 18 from the 6 April 2011 (see article below by Grant Shackleston for more details).
  • Increase in personal tax allowance and national insurance contributions for employees. The personal allowance for income tax is increased by £1,000 for employees under the age of 65 from the 6 April 2011.

June 2011

  • Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees (Amendment) Regulations 2010 which implement the recast European Works Council Directive  2009 are due to come into force partially on 5 June.

October 2011

  • The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 are due to come into force October 2011. Temporary agency workers in the UK will receive equal treatment comparable to permanent employees after twelve weeks in a job.
  • It is likely the Government will change around this time the national minimum wage after a period of consultation.

Employment related matters:

  • The Government intend to change the benefits system. They aim to simplify the benefits to give “one universal credit”.  No law has been passed yet, it is still in the early stages.

If you need advice or assistance on any of these forthcoming changes then please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Employment Team.


Contact Daven Naghen on daven.naghen@maplessolicitors.com or 01775 722261

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Who Will You Be Entrusting With Your Conveyancing?


Are the selling agents or perhaps the mortgage broker pushing or trying to persuade you to use a particular conveyancing firm? If so, we would strongly recommend that you ask the following pertinent questions so that, armed with all relevant facts, you are better able to make a reasoned decision:-


Are the agents receiving a kickback or referral payment from the firm concerned? Using a firm in cahoots with an estate agency inevitably leads to a potential conflict of interest. Will such firm be working in your best interests or simply those of the introducer? Here at Maples we pride ourselves on being completely independent and we consider the idea of a referral fee both abhorrent and unethical. We much prefer to obtain our work based on past performance and recommendation.

How Much?

Do not be misled by a seemingly attractive basic figure initially quoted but be sure to enquire about and read the small print for add ons for so called “extras” (such as mortgage costs, preparation of a stamp duty land tax return, telegraphic transfer fees and the like) which suddenly spring up at a later date and only become apparent in the firm’s final statement. Ensure that you are comparing like for like. Here at Maples, we give you a complete and all inclusive rundown of our professional charges and all disbursements at the outset, with no hidden extras.


Is the firm local or, as is more likely, based in a completely different part of the country? If the latter, then the transaction will, without a doubt, be dealt with by post, phone or email and lack any personal contact. Here at Maples we are fully accessible, like to meet our clients to discuss and advise upon the transaction face to face and share with you the benefit of our wealth of local knowledge and experience.


Will you actually be aware as to who will be dealing with the matter for you or will you simply be a reference or matter number at the end of a phone in a firm dealing with volume conveyancing? Here at Maples, you will be assigned to your own experienced and dedicated conveyancer who will be responsible for and deal with the transaction for you from beginning to end, with a high level of personal service throughout.

Making a hasty and bad appointment could seriously prejudice or delay your transaction and cost you dearly. Getting honest answers to these four simple questions at the outset could make all the difference.

To discuss any Conveyancing matters please contact either Claire Smith or Anita Zaborniak of our Conveyancing Team or telephone the office 01775 722261.

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Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

Anita Toal LLB BA

"I think you are brilliant. You can use my comments above. You are efficient, friendly and quite clearly very good at what you do. Mainly you don’t leave people hanging around too long for." "So easy to talk to her and she understood what I wanted. She put me at ease and I cant thank her enough"

Daven Naghen LLB

"I felt the service I got from Maples was excellent and was very honest all through the process. I would recommend Maples as a first class Solicitors group"

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs ACILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

This is the second time we have used Mike Pepper at Maples Solicitors in the sale of our house. We cannot praise Mike enough for the highly efficient and professional service that he has provided us with. He is by far the best solicitor we have ever worked with, and the service that he has provided us with has gone far and beyond anything we have ever experienced. We have found the whole process to be a very relaxing experience.

Claire Smith FCILEx

Claire Smith has been amazing in every way. I highly recommend her and I am so grateful for all her help. She’s professional on all levels, reliable, extremely organised and I will be recommending her to everyone. I’m very lucky to have had her representing me and I can’t thank her enough. She is an asset to Maples. Thanks so much Claire!

Anita Zaborniak

We found it a pleasure to deal with Anita Zaborniak, she was most helpful and informative and kept us up to date with the progress of the purchase of our new home. If we were to move again we wouldn’t hesitate to use Maples again.