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Feb
24
2015

Can changing employees' terms and conditions amount to indirect age discrimination?
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has recently held that varying employees’ contractual terms and conditions may amount to indirect age discrimination where those changes disadvantage older workers (Braithwaite and others v HCL Insurance BPO Services Ltd UKEAT/0152/14). In the Braithwaite case however, the EAT found that the changes made to employees’ contracts could be objectively justified as there were no less discriminatory ways of achieving the employer’s legitimate aim of reducing staffing costs....

Feb
24
2015

E-cigarettes at work - is vaping included in your smoking policy?
#Employment

According to Action for Smoking and Health, there were 2.1 million adults using e-cigarettes in the UK last year. E-cigarettes pose a number of problems for employers, in particular, whether they should be used in the workplace....

Feb
23
2015

Land Registry – Protection from fraud
#Real Estate

In view of the increased risk of fraud and following high profile cases, the Land Registry has introduced means to protect individuals and companies who own property (where the title is registered at the Land Registry) against fraudulent transactions taking place without their knowledge. ...

Feb
10
2015

Celebrity Chef Litigation
#Dispute Resolution

You cannot have escaped the recent judgment regarding Gordon Ramsay. For those who haven’t heard of him he is a celebrity restaurateur and the star of several TV food programmes including Hell’s Kitchen. ...

Feb
10
2015

Costs awarded to the successful tenderer who supported a public body’s application to lift the automatic suspension on the award of the contract
#Public Procurement

In the recent case of Group M UK Ltd v Cabinet Office [2014] EWHC 3863 (TCC), the High Court awarded a successful tenderer its costs of participating in the Cabinet Office’s successful application to lift the automatic suspension on the award of the contract....

Feb
10
2015

When accepting sick pay means you can't be too sick to resign
#Employment

The EAT has upheld an employment tribunal's decision that an employee had affirmed her employment contract and could not, therefore, succeed in a constructive dismissal claim....

Feb
09
2015

Be reasonable – what is the fundamental obligation of a professional consultant?
#Construction

MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd v Haase Environmental Consulting GmbH [2015] EWHC 152 (TCC)...

Feb
09
2015

Advocate General's opinion in Woolworth's case: employers now optimistic that consultation decision will be overruled
#Employment

Just over a year ago, we reported that the collective redundancy case concerning the collapse of Woolworths, and which continues to cause huge concern to employers. The case was referred by the Court of Appeal to the European Court of Justice (ECJ)....

Feb
06
2015

Better Access for Small Businesses to Public Sector Contracts?
#Public Sector

As we are all painfully aware, the relatively slow pace of growth in the UK economy is a continuing concern, as it touches all aspects of our daily lives. When it is then considered that 99.9% of the UK’s businesses are SMEs, small businesses are crucial for growth....

Feb
02
2015

Wake up and smell the coffee!
#Real Estate

The coffee sector in the UK is booming and seems set to continue this trend in the near future. A recent report by Allegra World Coffee Portal predicts turnover in the coffee market will rise from £7.2 billion to reach £16.5 billion by 2020....

Feb
02
2015

Get ready for Easter. More men than women want shared parental leave from 5 April
#Employment

The new shared parental leave rules apply in respect of babies due on or after 5 April 2015, which happens to be Easter Sunday this year....

Feb
02
2015

Removal of parking facility for HGV drivers did not amount to workplace closure redundancy
#Employment

The EAT has upheld a finding that two delivery drivers were unfairly dismissed when their employment was terminated on the basis of redundancy, following a change to their terms and conditions. For several years the drivers had been entitled to park their HGVs overnight at a secure facility near their homes in Stockport, and were paid for their time travelling to the employer's Wednesbury depot each day. ...

Feb
02
2015

John Lewis agrees to additional £12 million a year in holiday pay liability
#Employment

John Lewis Partnership has announced that with effect from February 2015 , when calculating holiday pay it will follow the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling last November that holiday pay must take account of non guaranteed overtime....

Feb
02
2015

Civil service settlement agreements cannot be used to avoid disciplinary action
#Employment

The Cabinet Office has published Cabinet Office Guidance on Settlement Agreements, Special Severance Payments and Confidentiality Clauses on Termination of Employment which will apply from 1 February 2015. ...

Feb
02
2015

Acas revises guidance on disciplinary and grievance meetings
#Employment

On 16 January 2015, Acas published a draft revised Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures providing new guidance relating to a worker's right to be accompanied. It confirms that an employer must agree to a worker's request to be accompanied by any chosen companion from one of the statutory categories, namely a fellow worker, trade union representative or official....

Feb
02
2015

When are future claims really settled?
#Employment

The High Court has given judgment in a case, which although it is not an employment case, considered the issue of whether a settlement agreement had settled future claims. Although the settlement agreement was, it appeared, drafted narrowly and only made reference to the specific claim number in the previous court proceedings, the court considered very carefully the statements of case of the original claims. ...

Feb
02
2015

Further major public sector employer to end check off method of collecting union subscriptions
#Employment

HMRC has announced that it will be withdrawing the "check off" facility, allowing union subscriptions to be collected through payroll, by the end of April 2015....

Feb
02
2015

11 month old strike ballot was out of date
#Employment

The High Court has granted an interim injunction against a union preventing it from taking industrial action in relation to an industrial action ballot that had been carried out 11 months previously. The court held that the industrial action could not be said to be continuing, and therefore at some point shortly after the previous strike the authority of the ballot to sanction industrial action came to an end....

Jan
15
2015

Mediation - what do you have to lose?
#Dispute Resolution

Mediation is a voluntary and confidential form of alternative dispute resolution (www.practicallaw.com/0-107-6391) (ADR). A neutral third party is appointed by the parties who are in dispute in an attempt to reach a settlement without the involvement of the court. Depending on what you want to achieve, mediation can offer a number of advantages. Parties retain control of the decision on whether or not to settle and on what the terms of the settlement will be. It is a far cheaper means of resolving a dispute than taking matters all the way to a court hearing and mediators provide more creativity and flexibility over settlement options than the court process. It is not surprising therefore that mediation statistics indicate a high success rate, with some mediators claiming success rates in excess of 90%....

Jan
14
2015

Advocate General's opinion in Woolworths case due 5 February 2015
#Employment

At the start of last year we reported that the Court of Appeal had referred the Woolworths and Ethel Austin cases to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) . These cases were considered by the ECJ on 20 November last year....

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