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May
12
2016

EAT further loosens causal test for discrimination arising from disability claims
#Employment

The recent case of Risby v London Borough of Waltham Forest has arguably further extended the scope of discrimination arising from disability claims by loosening the causal link required between the employee’s disability and the employer’s treatment complained of....

May
12
2016

Negotiating a settlement
#Employment

In the case of Gibbs v Leeds United Football Club, the High Court found that the Claimant, Mr Gibbs, had been constructively dismissed when he resigned in response to a demotion, even though he had been in negotiations over his exit....

May
10
2016

Managing Cybersecurity in Your Business
#Commercial

Cyber attacks can lead to all sorts of crises and don’t just stop at preventing you from getting on with your business. You might just find yourself in breach of your legal obligations....

May
10
2016

Join the Revolution: Going Circular
#Corporate

A large majority of offices these days have recycling bins but, unfortunately, these bins are sometimes more symbolic and decorative than functional....

May
09
2016

The reformulated penalty rule
#Construction

Following the decision in Cavendish Square Holding BV v El Makdessi and ParkingEye Ltd v Beavis [2015] when drafting liquidated damages provisions, parties should identify and document the applicable legitimate business interest that necessitates liquidated damages. Parties should then consider whether the remedy for breach is ‘extravagant, exorbitant or unconscionable’. ...

May
09
2016

Measuring the environmental performance of a building through BREEAM
#Construction

Clauses which deal with BREEAM requirements are commonly used in professional appointments and building contracts. This article summarises what BREEAM is and what parties to a professional appointment or building contract should consider when using BREEAM. ...

May
09
2016

Sustainable Courtrooms? Slowly but surely…
#Dispute Resolution

For many clients, one of the most surprising and daunting aspects of litigation is the sheer volume of paperwork. To assist the court, documents are collated, tabulated, indexed, paginated, and duplicated many times over, and then transported across the city and beyond, all in anticipation of debates which may be decided in a matter of minutes in the court room. The large cost of materials and labour can unsurprisingly appear wasteful to a new litigant, both economically and environmentally, given the availability of technology which could significantly reduce the need for these costs....

May
06
2016

EU General Data Protection Regulation – The impact on employers
#Employment

The existing law on data protection within the EU is based on a European directive introduced over 20 years ago. There is no uniform approach to data protection across the EU and significant advances in technology means the current law is out of touch with the modern world....

May
06
2016

Restrictive covenants...are they restricting more than just former employees?
#Employment

As part of its new Innovation Plan, the Government has asked businesses across the UK for their views on whether ‘non compete clauses’ in employment contracts are obstructing the UK’s innovativeness and employment opportunities. ...

May
06
2016

Trade Union Bill receives Royal Assent: A breakdown for employers
#Employment

The Trade Union Bill received Royal Assent yesterday and has now become the Trade Union Act! Its passage through parliament was a turbulent one with the Bill receiving significant criticism from opposing MPs and Peers. As a result, the Government was forced to make a number of concessions. One of these concessions was to abandon proposals to abolish the check-off system (the practice of collecting union subscriptions via employees’ pay). The check-off system has survived with the compromise being that the administrative and financial burden of the check off system will belong to the unions....

May
05
2016

The Internet of Things – Legal Issues arising from Smart Buildings
#Commercial Real Estate

The Internet of Things (‘IoT’) is not a particularly novel concept: the idea that everyday items be connected to the internet and be enabled to send and receive data is something which has been in development for a while. More and more ‘uses’ for this type of technology are being developed....

May
03
2016

What exactly needs changing? Re-organisations and contract terms issues for HR
#Employment

It is a frequent issue for HR that a decision is made to carry out some organisational change that impacts all or any of working hours, shift arrangements, rates of pay, duties to be carried out, and other similar matters that not surprisingly make employees feel unsettled or, in some cases, militantly opposed to the employer's plans....

Apr
29
2016

Wanted: Practicability and precision for re-engagement orders
#Employment

The recent case of Lincolnshire County Council v Lupton has highlighted the need for Tribunals to consider the practical implications of re-engagement and ensure that any terms of re-engagement are expressed with a suitable degree of detail and precision....

Apr
29
2016

If it’s work-related – it’s not a private matter!
#Employment

In the recent case of Garamukanwa v Solent NHS Trust an employer was held not to have breached an employee’s right to a private and family life...

Apr
28
2016

Clarkslegal’s Construction Team obtains landmark Judgment in the Technology and Construction Court
#Construction

Following the leading Judgment of Mrs Justice Carr in the Technology and Construction Court issued on 14 April in the case of Stellite Construction Limited v Vascroft Contractors Limited, Clarkslegal’s specialist construction law team acted for Vascroft Contractors Limited...

Apr
27
2016

New pressures on HR from supply chain risks
#Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Employment

Convergence of various developments will pull over stretched HR more towards how to manage and monitor supply chain issues, especially when contracting with overseas countries that have a high risk profile for workforce practices that offend international standards and UK corporate values....

Apr
25
2016

“No Oral Variation” Clauses: Do They Work?
#Dispute Resolution #Commercial

Many commercial contracts contain a clause to the effect that any variations or amendments to the contract must be in writing. Parties to commercial agreements favour such clauses because they promote certainty: the parties know what they have to do to amend the contract and disputes about oral discussions are in theory avoided....

Apr
22
2016

Contractual staff handbooks
#Employment

In the case of Department for Transport v Sparks and others, the Department of Transport (DfT) wanted to implement a new attendance management procedure. This new procedure contained provisions allowing for the formal absence management process to be triggered earlier than was currently the case....

Apr
22
2016

Employers no longer have to pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25
#Employment

April 2016 marks a change in the law that is designed to further encourage employers to take on more apprentices. Since 6 April 2016 employers no longer have to pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25 for earnings below £827 per week (£43,000 per year)....

Apr
22
2016

Whistle-blowing – ‘Allegation’ and ‘Information’ are not alternative concepts and suspension was an ongoing detriment
#Employment

The recent case of Kilraine v London Borough of Wandsworth has demonstrated that when assessing if there has been a disclosure of information, for whistle-blowing purposes, ‘information’ and ‘allegations’ are often intertwined and Tribunals should not fall into the trap of treating disclosures as either one or the other. Further, suspending an employee will constitute a continuing detriment and not just one that takes place at the point of suspension....

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