Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

Employment - Legal Updates

Search Legal Updates

Jun
18
2010

Football is more than just a game, but is it a religious or philosophical belief?
#Employment

As millions of supporters from around the globe ascend on South Africa for the 19th FIFA World Cup, you might be forgiven for likening the tournament to a religious pilgrimage. Given that the Employment Appeal Tribunal considers that an individual`s belief in man-made climate change is capable of being a "philosophical belief" for the purposes of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 ("the Regulations"), could a devout England supporter in the World Cup claim protection under the Regulations?...

Jun
17
2010

‘Draconian` child abuse vetting scheme cancelled
#Employment

The shocking murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman by school caretaker Ian Huntley in Soham in 2002 brought into public focus how people who work or volunteer with children are vetted. People who want to work or volunteer regularly with children or vulnerable adults were due to begin registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) next month as part of the first stage of creating a vetting database before it became compulsory to become registered. Employers would be legally required to check that new employees were registered. The scheme was intended to tighten rules to prevent unsuitable people from getting jobs which could bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults....

Jun
17
2010

Equality Act...so near but yet so far...
#Employment

Rumour is spreading like wildfire that the implementation date of the Equality Act may be later than the anticipated date of 1 October 2010 after the Government Equalities Office removed the October 2010 date from its website....

Jun
15
2010

Economy experiences growing pains
#Employment

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has released its prediction that the economy will expand by only 2.6% in 2011. This is down from the 3% to 3.5% estimate given in Labour`s last Budget....

Jun
14
2010

Health and Safety Review - don`t throw the baby out with the bath water
#Employment

For years there have been complaints about Health and Safety going mad. We have heard reports of children having to wear goggles to play conkers, garden gnomes being "moved on" by over enthusiastic councils. Many people will therefore welcome the Prime Minister`s announcement that Lord Young is to carry out a review of health and safety laws. The intention is to reintroduce an element of common sense and not overwhelm businesses with red tape....

Jun
11
2010

Beware of the fake fit note!
#Employment

Just 2 months after they were introduced by the Government in an attempt to combat sickness absence, it appears that the fit new note is open to misuse....

Jun
11
2010

Simon Cowell being taken to Tribunal
#Employment

A former unsuccessful Britain`s Got Talent contestant is bringing legal action against Simon Cowell....

Jun
11
2010

Employees ignorant of their contractual rights?
#Employment

Which? Legal Service surveyed 4,000 members of the British public, asking whether they had read their contracts of employment. Shockingly, 26% said they had only skim read their contracts, while 6% confessed they had not read them at all....

Jun
10
2010

Beware of the fake fit note
#Employment

Just 2 months after they were introduced by the Government in an attempt to combat sickness absence, it appears that the new fit note is open to misuse....

Jun
08
2010

Without Prejudice Rule
#Employment

The without prejudice rule will generally prevent documents from being admitted and used as evidence against the interest of a party in any court hearing without the permission of both parties....

Jun
08
2010

Outcome of Criminal Proceedings
#Employment

Employers are often faced with procedural dilemmas on how internal proceedings are to run whilst ensuring a reasonable and fair process is carried out. What should an employer do in a situation where external criminal proceedings are taking place against one of its employees? Should they begin their own internal disciplinary proceedings immediately or wait for the external outcome?...

Jun
08
2010

Damages not limited
#Employment

It was held in Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust that the employee was able to recover damages at large for a breach of a contractual disciplinary procedure....

Jun
08
2010

Years of Unwanted Conduct
#Employment

In cases of constructive dismissal where an employer has committed a repudiatory breach of contract, an employee must not delay too long before resigning or it would be taken that the contract has been affirmed....

Jun
03
2010

Avoiding an expensive way out.
#Employment

It has been reported that Liverpool FC has allegedly offered Manager Rafa Benitez a £3 million pound sum to leave his employment with the club. Mr Benitez had been employed on a fixed term contract which still has over 4 years left to run. The contract allegedly contained a clause stating that if his employment was terminated early he would receive £16 million in compensation....

May
27
2010

Don`t score an own goal during the World Cup!
#Employment

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned employers against imposing a blanket ban on football during the World Cup, which starts on 11 June 2010. The TUC believes that a blanket ban runs the risk of demotivating staff and losing hours through unauthorised sick days. Instead, the TUC encourages employers to accommodate staff requests to watch matches....

May
26
2010

Reasonable Investigations
#Employment

When looking at unfair dismissal cases involving an employee`s misconduct, tribunals will look at whether the employer`s investigation into the alleged misconduct was fair and reasonable. This means that the employer need not have conclusive direct proof of the employee`s misconduct but a genuine and reasonable belief....

May
26
2010

Compromise Agreements
#Employment

The case of McWilliam & Others v Glasgow City Council is the first case to consider the criteria set out for a compromise agreement to be valid under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. This case looked at whether there was a need for the employee to have received independent legal advice as to the terms and effect of the proposed agreement....

May
26
2010

BNP teacher accused of racial and religious intolerance
#Employment

Adam Walker is reported to be the first teacher to appear before the General Teaching Council (GTC) accused of racial and religious intolerance. He resigned from his role as a technology teacher, after the head teacher instructed IT staff to investigate Mr Walker`s use of the internet on his school laptop....

May
26
2010

Impending Retirement - Not Age Discrimination
#Employment

When applying for a position some posts require the applicant to hold certain qualifications. However, what happens when you are already employed and in order for you to attain a higher-paid grade the requisite is that you must have a degree?...

May
25
2010

Is your employees time being gobbled up?
#Employment

The version of Pac-Man added by Google to celebrate the 30th birthday of the game, cost employers almost five million hours of work time and $120 million, suggests a study by software firm Rescue Time....

Page 85 of 89