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Apr
27
2011

A private conversation in a public house
#Employment

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter etc. They are the public meeting places of the 21st century. Such virtual communities are spaces where a whole generation has come together to express themselves and form networks like never before. However, as the case of Preece v JD Wetherspoons plc (2011) highlights, what seems to a space for purely personal expression can easily become part of the public sphere, when social discourse is conducted in the open arena of cyberspace....

Apr
27
2011

The cost of a sickie
#Employment

UK employees take an average of 10 unscheduled days off work per year, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) report found. This is in comparison to 5.5 in USA....

Apr
27
2011

Age Discrimination Claims Increase
#Employment

Claims brought for age discrimination rose by 164% to 2,900 in the three months to December 2010, compared to 1,100 in the same period in 2009...

Apr
27
2011

The cost of a sickie
#Employment

UK employees take an average of 10 unscheduled days off work per year, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) report found....

Apr
21
2011

1/3 of employees misuse company email
#Employment

According to a survey completed by Lightningtools.com almost a third (32%) of respondents felt that they had used their company email for inappropriate activities....

Apr
18
2011

Royal wedding jitters
#Employment

As the Big Day approaches, it seems that some employers are still unsure whether to say "I do"....

Apr
15
2011

Heads roll after HR failure at Renault
#Employment

The French carmaker has announced their Chief Operating Officer has stepped down as part of the fall out of falsely accusing, publicly, three members of staff of industrial espionage and sacking them....

Apr
15
2011

Heads roll after HR failure at Renault
#Employment

The French carmaker has announced their Chief Operating Officer has stepped down as part of the fall out of falsely accusing, publicly, three members of staff of industrial espionage and sacking them....

Apr
13
2011

Small packages tied up with red tape
#Employment

We are only just coming up for air following the 6 April employment law changes (see this month`s article) and if recent years are anything to go by, employers will already be bracing themselves for future legal reform....

Apr
11
2011

Further extension to what qualifies as a philosophical belief
#Employment

In Maistry v BBC the employment tribunal has ruled that a belief in the "higher purpose" of public sector broadcasting, to encourage debate and citizenship in a public space, is a philosophical belief that qualified for protection under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003....

Apr
11
2011

Don`t miss your chance to cut red tape in your industry
#Employment

The Government has launched its `Red Tape Challenge` website via which it invites business and the public to vote on what legislation should be scrapped....

Apr
11
2011

Arsenal "take over" bid by Kroenke Sports Enterprises
#Employment

It has been widely reported in the press today that Stan Kroenke of Kroenke Sports Enterprises has purchased a controlling shareholding in Arsenal Football Club....

Apr
08
2011

Comment regarding sexual favours was not sexual harrassment
#Employment

In Dos Santos v Preview Services Ltd ET/2700170/10 the Claimant brought (amongst other claims) a claim against her employer of sexual harassment based on a comment made to her by her supervisor regarding sexual favours....

Apr
08
2011

Special treatment of women on maternity leave must be proportionate
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the Tribunal`s decision in the case of Eversheds Legal Services Ltd v De Belin [2011] UKEAT, that the law firm unlawfully discriminated again a male associate on the grounds of his sex by favouring a female colleague on maternity leave in a redundancy scoring exercise....

Apr
07
2011

National Minimum Wage Rates - 1 October 2011
#Employment

The Government has today announced the 2011 National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates, which will come into effect on 1 October 2011...

Apr
06
2011

Has feminism negatively impacted working class men?
#Employment

Has feminism negatively impacted working class men? According to Universities Minister, David Willetts, speaking before the government`s social mobility strategy report, yes....

Apr
05
2011

Draft guidance on Agency Workers Regulations published
#Employment

Guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 has been issued by the Government....

Apr
05
2011

The Bribery Act: An essential guide
#Clarkslegal

We will be hosting breakfast seminars at our Reading and London offices in May to provide an essential guide to The Bribery Act 2010, the biggest shake up to anti-corruption law for a century, which comes into force on 1 July 2011....

Apr
04
2011

As the clocks change for summer, what`s hot in employment law?
#Employment

As always, April heralds not only spring and the hope(!) of a hot summer, but also many changes in employment law....

Mar
31
2011

Hiring, Firing and Inspiring - Retaining and motivating key people vital to businesses today
#Employment

Hiring, Firing and Inspiring - three of the most vital issues for businesses today and the focus of a high profile conference delivered to 200 business leaders in Reading....

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