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Confused about flexible working, maternity or paternity rights, either now or in the future?


Since the coalition government has been in power, there have been a number of changes to employment legislation and, in particular, to family friendly legislation. Last year, unpaid parental leave increased from 13 to 18 weeks for parents of children up to the age of five. There are major changes to the flexible working rights of all employees expected this year and for 2015 a radical plan to allow parents to ‘mix and match’ their statutory leave entitlements is to be introduced. The details are set out below.

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Mass compulsory retirement of police officers under the Police Pension Regulations 1987 was unjustified age discrimination.


In the comprehensive spending review that followed the general election in May 2010, the coalition government required police forces to make budgetary cuts of 20% over four years. After considering what savings could be made from buildings, equipment and vehicles, the forces turned to look at staffing costs (including both officers and civilians), which make up about 80% of police expenditure. Having made what reductions to civilian staff they could, and having put a recruitment freeze in place for officers, the forces concluded that a reduction in officer numbers was needed.

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