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Jun
11
2015

When does banning religious dress at work amount to religious discrimination?
#Employment

Can an employer insist that an employee does not wear specific religious dress for work? When would this be religious discrimination?...

Jun
08
2015

The Red Tape Challenge
#Corporate

In its 2013 consultation paper, “Red Tape Challenge: Company Filing Requirements”, the Government considered proposals to simplify a company’s statutory filing requirements, to reduce duplication and improve flexibility in companies' dealings with the Registrar. ...

Jun
04
2015

Inability to work on Saturdays leads to successful indirect discrimination claim
#Employment

A woman who observes Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest from sundown on Friday to sunset on Saturday) has won a claim of indirect discrimination on the grounds of her religion after she was refused employment....

Jun
04
2015

The correct way to calculate deductions following a strike
#Employment

If employees take strike action their pay is withheld for the time that they do not work. How should the amount of pay which is withheld be calculated?...

Jun
04
2015

Dismissal of Bus Driver seen using a mobile phone was fair
#Employment

It is illegal to drive whilst using a mobile phone, that is well known. However, if an employee is seen driving whilst using a mobile phone would that be grounds for a fair dismissal?...

Jun
01
2015

Clarkslegal’s corporate team continues its impressive run of deals...
#Corporate

It’s been a busy year for Clarkslegal’s corporate team, with the team acting on a number of corporate transactions. ...

May
29
2015

Zero-hours exclusivity clause ban and £20,000 national minimum wage fines in force
#Employment

Provisions in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (passed by the Coalition Government) that make exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts unenforceable came into force this week. Also now in force is the increase in the maximum financial penalty for underpayment of the national minimum wage to £20,000 per worker....

May
29
2015

Immigration Bill: Government proposes new enforcement powers
#Immigration

Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech, which marked the state opening of parliament, set out the new government’s ‘one-nation’ programme of legislation. The Immigration Bill featured amongst a total of 26 bills proposed and its aim is to “control immigration”....

May
29
2015

Queen's speech: Government presses ahead with EU referendum and trade union reform
#Employment

In the Queen’s speech this week, the new Conservative Government set out its legislative programme. The big news is the EU Referendum Bill and the commitment to an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union which will take place by 2017 at the latest. There is speculation it could be held as early as autumn 2016....

May
29
2015

Global supply chains and human rights: new obligations for business from October 2015
#Employment

Since the Modern Slavery Act 2015 received Royal Assent before the general election campaign, the significance of the Act to business and global supply chains is starting to become better understood. One of the first measures of its kind in the world, the Modern Slavery Act not only imposes for the first time a legal obligation on business to take steps to combat forced labour and human trafficking, it represents another important step in recognising the responsibility of the global business community to ensure human rights are respected. ...

May
27
2015

When is a coffee shop not a coffee shop?
#Real Estate

In the recent article “A glass of wine at Starbucks? Is diversification the answer for retailers?” we explored the growing number of retailers seeking to diversify their offering to increase customer numbers and improve profits....

May
26
2015

Public procurement: a reminder of the importance of record-keeping
#Public Procurement

A recent High Court decision has emphasised the importance to contracting authorities of creating a clear document trail when evaluating tenders in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015....

May
22
2015

Don’t wind me up!
#Restructuring & Insolvency #Dispute Resolution

A winding up petition can be a very effective tool to persuade a reluctant debtor to pay an outstanding invoice. Not only is there the prospect of the company being placed into liquidation, a petition can be advertised seven business days after it is served. Advertisement typically results in the company’s bank account being frozen, which will inevitably have a paralysing effect on its business. Once this stage has been reached the company may have passed the point of no return....

May
21
2015

Bakery discriminated in "Gay Cake" row
#Employment

A county court in Northern Ireland has found in favour of a gay couple in a judgment this week in publicised Ashers Bakery case. ...

May
21
2015

International students: a valuable resource for UK employers
#Immigration

A report published this week by London First and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) claims to quantify, for the first time, the positive effect of London’s 67,000 non-EU international students....

May
21
2015

Pensions regulator issues daily fines of up to £10,000 for auto-enrolment non compliance
#Employment

Since 1 January 2015, the Pensions Regulator has used its powers for the first time to issue “escalating penalty notices”. ...

May
18
2015

Support our Nominated Charities in the Cardiff Half Marathon
#Clarkslegal

To raise money for The Wallich, one of our nominate charities for the year, six of our Cardiff office are running the Cardiff Half Marathon, on Sunday 4th October. ...

May
15
2015

European Court of Justice confirms Woolworth's decision in Northern Ireland case
#Employment

The European Court of Justice has confirmed its approach in the Woolworths case in a further judgment of the ECJ handed down this week in Lyttle and others v Bluebird UK Bidco 2 Ltd (C-182/13). ...

May
15
2015

The new Conservative Government's employment law plans
#Employment

So, after the excitement of the General Election last week, what does the new Conservative Government have in store on the employment law front?...

May
11
2015

Managing Partner David Rintoul attends TAGLaw International Conference in Scotland
#Clarkslegal

Clarkslegal’s international legal alliance, TAGLaw’s, recently held its 32nd international conference in Edinburgh, attended by our Managing Partner, David Rintoul. The conference, which took place on May 4-6, 2015, provided TAGLaw® members with the opportunity to strengthen the relationships they create within the alliance of more than 150 law firms from around the world. ...

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