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Feb
24
2011

Had it occurred to you that bankruptcy might be a consequence of losing a Tribunal claim?
#Employment

It has been reported that a former MP, Jim Devine, has been declared bankrupt after he failed to pay the compensation awarded by a Scottish Employment Tribunal in the sum of £35,000 to his ex Office Manager....

Feb
24
2011

Just what is a chancel search?
#Real Estate

It may seem medieval that even now a private householder can be personally liable for paying for repairs to the chancel, being the eastern part of their local church, but it is a very real possibility....

Feb
23
2011

Severe Consequences of Homophobic Banter in the Workplace
#Employment

The BBC reported dozens of stickers circulated around gay pubs in Shoreditch and outside a Whitechapel school, consisting of numerous homophobic messages (‘Gay Free Zone`) and a reference to the Islamic Koran to support it....

Feb
17
2011

Child Nurseries Agreement
#Corporate

Clarkslegal has acted for the shareholders of Buffer Bear and Childcare Partners Limited in the transfer of ownership to Mid-Counties Cooperative Limited....

Feb
17
2011

Right to request time off for training is not going to be extended to all employees
#Employment

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has just announced that the right to request time off for training is not going to be extended to all employees from April 2011....

Feb
16
2011

More uncertainty over abolishing the default retirement age
#Employment

There is some uncertainty circulating regarding the transitional provisions abolishing the default retirement age, which are expected to be published later this week. There is some suggestion that the transitional provisions will provide for the default retirement age to survive until 6th April 2012 (not 30th September 2011 as previously thought), provided the employee has reached 65 on or before 30th September 2011. This may just mean that employees can work for an extra 6 months but all other requirements for issuing notice by 30 March 2011 etc stay the same? Or will this date now be 5 April 2011?...

Feb
16
2011

Government to launch review into workplace sickness absence
#Employment

The Government is to commission an independent review of workplace sickness absence. It is believed that Dame Carol Black, the Government`s national director for health and work and a former president of the Royal College of Physicians, is leading the review alongside David Frost, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)....

Feb
15
2011

Army officers redundant by email
#Employment

It has been reported today that 38 warrant officers in the army have been told by email that they are to be made redundant. The officers, all of whom are said to have more than 22 years` service and one of whom is currently serving in Afghanistan, reportedly received an email giving them one year`s notice and telling them to "plan for their resettlement"....

Feb
14
2011

Start as you mean to go on
#Employment

For most Start Ups and SMEs, keeping abreast of ever changing employment laws can seem a daunting prospect. The time, energy and money needed getting to grips with all the potential legal pitfalls can be too much for most new businesses. So, why not avoid the pitfalls all together and start as you mean to go on....

Feb
11
2011

Terms and Conditions "available on request"
#Dispute Resolution

A recent case put a new twist on the age old question of whether one party`s terms and conditions apply to a contract, sometimes known as ‘the battle of the forms`. This issue can be of crucial importance because a customer`s claim that might otherwise succeed can fail under "pro-supplier" terms and vice versa....

Feb
09
2011

Racist email sent outside of work to personal address justified dismissal
#Employment

In Gosden v Lifeline Project Ltd ET/2802731/09 the ET has held that an employee who forwarded a racist email to a colleague from his personal computer to that employee`s personal computer was guilty of gross misconduct, entitling the employer to dismiss him when the email was forwarded on to other colleagues work email addresses....

Feb
04
2011

Are your employees happy?
#Employment

If the results of a recent survey are anything to go by, probably not! According to job site Monster.co.uk`s January Employment Index, three in four people are unhappy in their jobs and one in four have experienced workplace bullying. The Index is based on a survey of 2,600 people registered with Monster....

Feb
04
2011

Our Nominated Charities
#Clarkslegal

Clarkslegal is proud to support Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (Bloodrunners), Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre and LATCH as our nominated charities throughout 2011....

Feb
02
2011

Hiring, Firing, Inspiring - Joint seminar with Lane 4, Grant Thornton, Eton Bridge and Towers Watson
#Employment

On Wednesday 23 March we are holding a breakfast seminar at the Hilton Hotel in Reading. It will be from 7.45 - 10.15am and will be on the key subjects of employee engagement, motivation and leadership - Hiring, Firing and Inspiring....

Feb
02
2011

Is being anti fox hunting a religious or philosophical belief?
#Employment

Former garden centre employee, Joe Hashman, thinks so and has sought to persuade the Employment Tribunal that it is. Mr Hashman alleges he was dismissed from employment in September 2009 a day after covert video footage he filmed helped convict celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright of attending an illegal hare coursing event. He claims his former employers are pro-hunting and that they sacked him for being an animal welfare activist. The garden centre denies his claims, insisting that his beliefs played no part in his dismissal and that he was dismissed because he was not making them enough money....

Feb
02
2011

Would your workers go on strike?
#Employment

As the RMT was forced yesterday to call off the rail strike that would have caused chaos to the big 6 nations rugby match between Wales and England this Friday in Cardiff, it is worth asking the question, why and when do workers go on strike? In an article this week on the BBC News Magazine site, "Working out if strikes are worth it?", an interesting look is taken at the cases of individual workers who have taken strike action and whether they thought going on strike had been worth it....

Feb
01
2011

Employers face 50% fine
#Employment

Despite the Coalition`s recent Employer`s Charter designed to redress the balance of employment legislation in favour of businesses, it now appears to have undermined many of its pledges. The Government has introduced a new proposal to fine employers 50% of the total compensation award, over and above the payout to the Claimant, if employer`s are found to have breached an individual`s rights. The fine, which is essentially a tax on businesses that make mistakes, would most likely be limited to a maximum of £5000 and could be reduced to half if the employer paid within 21 days....

Jan
28
2011

Dafydd Downes invited to speak at 5th Annual Working Time Forum
#Employment

Dafydd Downes, Head of our Employment Team in Wales, has been confirmed to speak at the upcoming 5th Annual Working Time Forum, to be held at the Celtic Manor Resort on 2nd and 3rd March....

Jan
27
2011

Employment Tribunal system to be overhauled
#Employment

Given the increasing number of Employment Tribunal claims, the huge expense caused to employers in defending them and the suggestions that tribunal claims put employers off employing new staff, there has been much talk about the need to overhaul the current system...and today the government has proposed various reforms....

Jan
26
2011

Zero tolerance in Andy Gray sacking?
#Employment

Andy Gray`s sacking by Sky has divided the nation, and not into those that know the off-side rule and those that don`t! His comments about the female assistant referee`s skills being limited because of her gender, which led to Sky deciding to dismiss him on the grounds that such sexist behaviour was completely unacceptable, has divided the nation into those that believe the punishment fitted the crime and those that see it as a complete over-reaction to a bit of banter. Interestingly the lady against whom the comments were made has made no complaint and appears to be of tough enough character to let it all wash over her head. A measured reaction that could also have been taken by Sky? Or was Sky right to adopt a "zero tolerance" approach to the "lads culture" and impose the harshest of punishments on its employee?...

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