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Dec
01
2017

Does government face “steep learning curve” on apprenticeships?
#Employment

As reported previously, in April this year the apprenticeship levy came into force. This introduced a 0.5% levy on employers with payrolls over £3million. The aim is to raise £3bn annually for four years to fund apprenticeship places....

Dec
01
2017

Uber facing large fine as a result of data breach
#Employment #Data Protection

Uber has recently admitted that it concealed a cyberattack that exposed the data of 57 million customers and drivers in October 2016, including names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers. The breach was hidden by the firm, which paid hackers US $100,000 (approx. £75,000) to delete the data....

Dec
01
2017

CJEU backs worker in claim for 13 years holiday pay
#Employment

We reported on the case of King v Sash Windows back in June when the Advocate General gave an opinion on the case. We now have the Judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”). ...

Nov
30
2017

Monica Atwal comments in the Raconteur on 'Want to know how much colleagues are paid?'
#Employment #Press

Whether or not individuals’ pay should be made public is a matter of controversy. Here are the arguments for and against...

Nov
30
2017

Closing Report from 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
#Supply Chain Governance #Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Clarkslegal

Michael Sippitt, Chairman of Clarkslegal and the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform, reports from the closing day of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. ...

Nov
29
2017

The Uber Hack: How not to respond to a data security breach
#Data Protection

It has been just over a week since the news broke that Uber concealed a major data security breach in which names, email addresses, and phone numbers associated with around 57 million individuals were leaked, including 2.7 million in the UK. Given the scale, it seems likely that the personal data of UK and EU citizens will have been compromised and the reaction of relevant data protection and cybercrime agencies will be instructive for many data-oriented companies going forward....

Nov
29
2017

Boots on the back foot
#Employment

As we blogged in February this year, Boots’ existing agreement with its in-house union, the Boots Pharmacists’ Association (BPA) prevented an application by an independent trade union, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union (PDAU), for recognition for collective bargaining....

Nov
29
2017

Further Reports from 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
#Supply Chain Governance #Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Clarkslegal

One key concern about the future of work in developing countries is the probable displacement of low skilled work by technology....

Nov
28
2017

Back to the Future: Burden of Proof Requirement Restored
#Employment

Only in August 2017 we reported on the case of Efobi v Royal Mail in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) reversed the long standing legal position that in discrimination cases claimants must show an inference of discrimination before the burden of proof shifts to the employer....

Nov
28
2017

2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
#Supply Chain Governance #Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Clarkslegal

Michael Sippitt, Chairman of Clarkslegal LLP and of the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform, is this week at the UN Forum in Geneva and reports below....

Nov
27
2017

Clarkslegal to move to new Reading offices in 2018
#Clarkslegal #Press

Clarkslegal LLP, the long established full service commercial law firm, is to move its Reading office early next year to Thames Tower, a landmark building directly opposite the newly rebuilt £8million Reading station. Thames Tower offers award winning exceptional offices to modern businesses requiring innovative, high specification, design led office space that supports Clarkslegal’s requirements for innovative, agile and flexible working....

Nov
24
2017

Company fined £80,000 for selling personal data without owners’ consent
#Employment #Data Protection

The ICO has fined data brokering company Verso Group (UK) Ltd £80,000 for a serious and deliberate contravention of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA)....

Nov
24
2017

EAT hold that failing to evidence right to work is not an excuse to dismiss an employee
#Employment

In Baker v Abellio London Ltd, the EAT overturned the ET’s original finding of a fair dismissal for illegality. The ET had accepted that a Jamaican national with the right to live and work in the UK was fairly dismissed after his employer had suspended, and eventually dismissed him, after failing to provide documentary evidence of his right to work....

Nov
24
2017

Union bids for recognition with end user not employer
#Employment

This week a trade union, IWGB, has applied for statutory recognition to represent a group of receptionists, security officers and porters who work at the University of London even though these workers are employed by Cordant Security, a facilities management company with the contract to provide services to the University....

Nov
24
2017

Countdown to the GDPR: 6 months to go!
#Employment #Data Protection

With the GDPR coming into force in only 6 months, organisations (who haven’t already) should be starting their preparations....

Nov
24
2017

UK work experience visas under Tier 5
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The Tier 5 visa route enables international students from outside the EEA to undertake temporary work experience, internships or approved training in the UK during or after their studies. Here, we consider the Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) and Youth Mobility schemes under Tier 5 of the Points Based System. Both routes allow a student/graduate to live and work in the UK for 12-24 months....

Nov
17
2017

Pension scheme did not discriminate against worker who had a mixture of full-time and part-time service
#Employment

In Dr Parker v MDU Services Ltd, the claimant alleged that her employer’s pension scheme indirectly discriminated against workers who had a combination of full and part-time service....

Nov
17
2017

Government doubles visas for exceptional talented individuals
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

On Wednesday, the government announced its intentions to double the number of visas to individuals who show promise in the technology, science, art and creative industries. Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed that the number of visas available through the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route will increase from 1,000 to 2,000 a year....

Nov
17
2017

Deliveroo: Late substitution leads to a win against the run of play
#Employment

The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has finally given its decision on whether a particular group of Deliveroo riders - those in the Camden/Kentish Town area of North London who are paid per delivery - are workers of Deliveroo or are independent suppliers of services to Deliveroo....

Nov
14
2017

When Can I Refuse To Mediate?
#Dispute Resolution

Anyone who has been involved in a legal dispute will have been told to consider engaging in some form of alternative dispute resolution, most often mediation, before the issue of proceedings. ...

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