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Nov
11
2016

TUC: Workers paying the price for tribunal fees
#Employment

New figures published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) show that the number of claims challenging unfair dismissals and discrimination at work has fallen by 9,000 a month and blames this reduction on the introduction of employment tribunal fees in July 2013....

Nov
11
2016

Trade Union Detriments: Burden of Proof
#Employment

In Dahou v Serco Ltd, Mr Dahou alleged that he had not been dismissed for the gross misconduct alleged but due to his trade union activities....

Nov
10
2016

Home Office’s Online Permanent Residence service for EEA Nationals
#Immigration #Employment #UK Immigration #Clarkslegal

EEA or Swiss nationals wishing to apply for a Permanent Residence document can now do so using the Home Office’s new online service. The service which was introduced last month, can be used by most EEA nationals. It does not, however, apply to students or those who are self-sufficient and are either reliant on a family member for support or are financially responsible for any other family members....

Nov
04
2016

Rising earnings for the low-paid
#Employment

Figures released this week from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a trend of rising earnings for the low-paid....

Nov
04
2016

‘Bert and Ernie’ cake gives bakers food for thought…
#Employment

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has upheld the decision that a bakery which refused to fulfil an order for a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage amounted to sexual orientation discrimination....

Nov
04
2016

Grouping misconduct – a cautionary tale…
#Employment

In Broecker v Metroline Travel Limited, Mr Broecker was dismissed from his role as a bus driver for misconduct reasons. His employer specified four separate acts of misconduct: two for not following company policy when reporting bus faults and two for making unnecessary journeys after discovering a potential fault....

Nov
04
2016

New pre-action protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes
#Construction

TeCSA has released the new Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering disputes, which is expected to come into force on 9 November....

Nov
04
2016

Business Immigration Update: Changes to Tier 2 Route Announced for 24 November 2016
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Yesterday, the UK government announced changes to the immigration rules which will affect Tier 2 visa applications made on or after 24 November 2016....

Nov
03
2016

Ashamed of your employer?
#Employment

With increasingly significant social responsibility pressures and UK laws like the Bribery or Modern Slavery Acts, any public exposure by regulators or media of alleged misbehaviours by well-known businesses, or by people they use as suppliers or agents, highlights the endless scrutiny of what companies do or neglect to do. ...

Nov
03
2016

Top Tips for Making Clarification Questions Work For You
#Public Procurement

Clarification questions are an integral part of any procurement process. Do not be afraid of submitting them – it is better to raise a question (even if it then means that your competitors get the benefit of the responses provided) than to make an incorrect assumption about what the contracting authority wants....

Nov
03
2016

"Without Prejudice" - will these magic words protect my documents?
#Dispute Resolution

Many documents produced in commercial dealings are marked "without prejudice", often appropriately but sometimes not. When used correctly, these words mean that the document cannot be used in legal proceedings against the party who produced the document, nor indeed can that party use the document themselves....

Nov
02
2016

The Underused Project Bank Account
#Construction

It is a fact that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 60% of UK private sector employment and almost half of private sector turnover therefore it is evident that challenges relevant to SMEs are challenges to the UK economy as a whole....

Oct
28
2016

The verdict is in: Uber Drivers ARE workers!
#Employment

Today the tribunal has handed down its judgment and has decided that they are workers and are not self-employed as Uber had claimed....

Oct
28
2016

You don’t call, you don’t write…
#Employment

In the recent EAT case of Sandle v Adecco UK Ltd, Mrs Sandle was an agency worker employed by Adecco and working on assignment at a third party. The assignment came to an end and then a stalemate ensued....

Oct
28
2016

Tribunal finds EasyJet discriminated against breastfeeding mothers
#Employment

An employment tribunal has concluded that some of EasyJet’s roster practices indirectly discriminated against two breastfeeding flight attendants....

Oct
28
2016

Tesco facing legal action over decision to cut pay
#Employment

Tesco made changes to their pay structures earlier in the year which resulted in an increase to basic pay but a decrease in pay related to unsocial hours, weekend work and bank holidays. As a result, 17 long-serving Tesco workers have reportedly initiated employment tribunal claims against the supermarket chain....

Oct
24
2016

Big brands face modern slavery challenge
#Employment #Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Supply Chain Governance

The news broken by the BBC Panorama investigation about refugees and children alleged to be working in Turkey on clothes for Marks and Spencer and ASOS, whatever the facts are found to be, highlights the challenge of supply chain management and risk to big brands of being linked with such accusations. ...

Oct
21
2016

If you want a term to be a condition, do not rely on an assumption – state it
#Commercial

The case of Grand China Logistics Holding (Group) Co Ltd v Spar Shipping AS recently heard in the Court of Appeal has demonstrated the importance of parties to a contract specifying where a term should have the status of a ‘condition’....

Oct
21
2016

Brex-uncertainty wounding UK tech industry
#Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups #Corporate

Whether Brexit eventually becomes the triumph we are all now hoping for or whether Brexit is a term forever doused in disaster, the interim uncertainty of what Brexit means is harming the UK’s fastest growing industry and potentially in an irreparable way....

Oct
21
2016

“Private investigation” limits data privacy award
#Employment

A county court judge has rejected comparisons with phone hacking when setting a level for a data privacy award against the Metropolitan and Greater Manchester Police....

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