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Jul
24
2014

HR consultant`s costly drafting mistake put employees on higher band
#Employment

The EAT in the case of Hershaw and others v Sheffield City Council has held that an employer was bound by the rates of pay included in a grievance appeal letter that was written by a HR consultant. The Council had sought to reduce its patrol officers` pay following a pay review. The employees lodged a grievance so the Council engaged a HR consultant to investigate. Whilst the consultant had no a...

Jul
17
2014

Comet`s redundancy consultation failures result in £25 million potential protective award
#Employment

Last month the Leeds Employment Tribunal found that Deloitte, the administrators of Comet, had failed to consult with redundant employees.  The employees were entitled to awards of up to 90 days pay and it is expected that the total bill will be nearly £25 million. Background The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 ("TULRCA") provides that employers proposing to dismiss mo...

Jul
17
2014

£18,600 a year minimum to sponsor foreign spouse or partner
#Immigration

On Friday 11 July 2014 the Court of appeal finally handed down its judgment in MM (Lebanon) and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another [2014] EWCA Civ 985. Background The appeals were originally heard four months ago in March and the case concerns one aspect of the Home Secretary`s controversial rules on family migration introduced in July 2012. Under the new rules...

Jul
15
2014

Routes for graduates
#Employment

The number of international graduates in the UK is increasing; approximately 219,000 study related visas were issued in 2013. However, once migrants have completed their studies, many will want to stay in the UK.  This note sets out some of the visa routes that graduates can explore if they want to stay in the UK post study. Tier 2 (General)   What is it?   Under this route graduates from ou...

Jul
10
2014

Cameron promises tighter strike laws
#Employment

David Cameron promised yesterday that the next Conservative manifesto will include a proposal to require a minimum turnout threshold when union members vote in an industrial action ballot. That would mean that there would have to be a minimum percentage threshold of eligible union members voting in favour of industrial action for the action to be lawful. At present, a simple majority of union mem...

Jul
10
2014

Met Police deleted investigation records in discrimination claim
#Employment

An employment tribunal has found that the Met Police told staff to delete records on sex and race discrimination against one of its employees. Firearms officer Carol Howard, 35, was "singled out and targeted" for nearly a year, a panel ruled. An officer looking at her complaints was asked to delete references in a report into discrimination related to race or sex, it said. The Met said it was "...

Jul
09
2014

Landlord`s obligation to insure against terrorism
#Commercial Real Estate

The recent Judgment in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) case of Qdime Ltd v Various Leaseholders at Bath Building (Swindon) and others [2014] UKUT 261 (LC) is a decision that will be of interest to landlords and tenants....

Jul
08
2014

"Tour de Clarkslegal" - Clarkslegal staff cycle 120 miles for charity
#Clarkslegal

As part of the Tour de France celebrations, Clarkslegal organised a team challenge for staff to cycle 190 kilometres, the distance of the tour`s first stage, raising profile and donations for the firm`s three nominated charities - Alexander Devine Children`s Hospice Service, Contact the Elderly and Cardiff Foodbank...

Jul
08
2014

Rectifying a poorly drafted Will
#Commercial Real Estate

A recent Supreme Court case, Marley v Rawlings ruled for the first time at the highest judicial level on the circumstances under which a will may be rectified pursuant to s20(1)(a) of the Administration of Justice Act 1982...

Jul
04
2014

Procurement for growth - new Cabinet Office guidance
#Public Sector

On 21st May the Cabinet Office issued new ‘Procurement for Growth` guidance (‘Guidance`) on how the public sector can maximise economic growth via its procurement processes. The guidance followed the launch of the Government`s Procurement Pledge at the end of April 2012...

Jul
03
2014

Appropriate since 1973
#Construction

What happens in a residential construction contract where the value of defects might exceed the amount of Retention being withheld by the Employer? Is the Employer limited to the stated percentage of Retention, or, if not, how is the sum of what can be withheld established?...

Jul
03
2014

Flexible working changes - Buddy`s new policy
#Employment

Due to the changes on flexible working that came in to force this week from 30 June 2014, a reminder that Employmentbuddy has updated our template Flexible Working Policy. Also this week, ACAS have also published a new flexible working code of practice and new homeworking guidance notes which should help employers understand the changes and how to handle requests appropriately. If you have any...

Jul
03
2014

Standard references: are they legal?
#Employment

There are at least three legal duties for an employer to consider when providing a reference. 1. Reasonable care and skill must be taken to ensure that the reference provided is true, accurate, fair and not misleading. If an inaccurate reference is provided, which could include a standard reference, the referee may be sued for negligent misstatement (www.practicallaw.com/6-107-6878)....

Jun
30
2014

Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement
#Corporate

In October 2013, Canada and the EU concluded an agreement in principle on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement ("CETA"). It is envisaged that the Agreement will generate substantial new trade in goods and services as well as additional opportunities for investment. Once implemented, CETA is expected to increase bilateral trade in goods by 22.9% or E25.7 billion, which will foster growth and employment in both the EU and Canada...

Jun
27
2014

Fresh proceedings on same facts - two bites of the cherry?
#Dispute Resolution

The recent Judgment in the Court of Appeal case of Kotonou v National Westminster Bank plc [2014] raises a number of interesting issues for litigation practitioners...

Jun
27
2014

Top tips for starting a small claim
#Dispute Resolution

Disputes are an unhelpful distraction to any business. They are costly and divert attention and resources away from the business`s main activities. Unfortunately, we must all accept that there will be situations where parties end up in dispute and may need to consider Court action. There are a number of dispute resolution mechanisms that can be used to chase debtors, such as issuing statutory demands. However, this article is focused on advising businesses that are considering commencing a claim through the small claims track. It is intended that this will be the first is a series of articles about the small claims track...

Jun
26
2014

Compulsory equal pay audits due in force from 1 October 2014.
#Employment

The government has issued a response to its consultation "Equal Pay Audits: A Further Consultation" launched in May 2013. The government will issue draft regulations setting out  minimum requirements for equal pay audits which a tribunal would be able to impose on employers found to be in breach of discrimination laws in relation to equal pay. These regulations are due to come into force on 1 Oct...

Jun
26
2014

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill
#Employment

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill was published yesterday. The following is outline of its proposals:. 1. a definition of a zero-hour contract, which seeks to make any clause which tries to stop the worker working for somebody else void. 2. a new system for enforcing tribunal awards: an `enforcement officer` will give a 28-day warning notice if a tribunal award remains unpaid....

Jun
26
2014

Zero hours: exclusivity clauses to be banned
#Employment

It was announced by the government this week that, as part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, it will ban the use of exclusivity clauses and increase the availability of information on zero-hours contracts for employees. The government received more than 36,000 responses to its consultation, with 83% in favour of banning exclusivity clauses. The Business Secretary, Vince Cabl...

Jun
25
2014

What if my principal is in breach of our agreement?
#Dispute Resolution

Most agents are aware that if their agency agreement is terminated by the principal they are entitled under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 to payment of either compensation or an indemnity, depending on what their agency agreement says...

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