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EAT rules dismissal is automatically unfair if the reason for dismissal during notice period is to deprive the employee of their right to claim.

The EAT has recently decided in M-Choice UK Ltd v Aalders UKEAT/0227/11, 10 August 2011 that where an employer dismisses an employee with notice, then purports to summarily dismiss them during the notice period, the effective date of termination (EDT) of …

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UK Supreme Court gives ruling in Star Wars case

The UK Supreme Court has now handed down its ruling in a dispute involving copyright and the helmets worn by stormtroopers in the Star Wars films.  In Lucasfilm Limited and others v Ainsworth and another, the Supreme Court has upheld …

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Bribery Act consultation

Guidance has been published by Transparency International UK which is designed to provide a practical tool for companies who wish to undertake anti-bribery due diligence in the course of mergers and acquisitions.

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National Minimum Wage and accommodation offset

Draft regulations were published by the Government in July which will disapply the accommodation offset rule under the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 in institutions where an employee is undertaking a higher education or full-time further education course.  The new …

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August 2011 Employment Newsletter

Welcome to August’s edition of our employment law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law, and informing you of recent case law developments. National Minimum Wage and accommodation offset Draft regulations were published by the Government …

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Davis Blank Furniss Announces Partner & Associate Promotions

Davis Blank Furniss has today formally announced the promotions of two key members of its fee earning team. Both are based in the firm’s City Centre head office. The first is Anna Bunting who has been promoted from associate to …

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Employment Case Development in May

McKie v Swindon College The High Court in this case held that an employer could be liable to its former employee in damages for negligent misstatement when passing on information about them to a subsequent employer, extending the scope of …

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Government Consultation on Flexible Working

A new consultation was launched by the Government in May to consider proposed extensions to flexible working and shared parental leave amongst other issues.  The consultation will close in August 2011.  The proposals include the following:            Retaining 18 weeks’ maternity …

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June 2011 – Employment Newsletter

Welcome to June’s edition of our employment law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law, and informing you of recent case law developments. Proposals for Changes to Employment Law The Government has confirmed that collective redundancy …

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Davis Blank Furniss Appoints Paul Walton as Professional Negligence Consultant

Davis Blank Furniss – the Manchester based law firm – has appointed Paul Walton, the former senior partner and managing partner of Hill Dickinson, as its new Professional Negligence Consultant. Paul has now taken up his new role and is …

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