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Consultation on Termination Payments

The Government has started consulting on simplifying the tax element of termination payments.  The proposals are to:- Remove the distinction between contractual and non-contractual payments. Change the current £30,000 tax free sum to an amount which would increase with the …

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Tribunal Fees

Unison has lost its Court of Appeal case, which challenged the legality of Tribunal Fees.  Whilst the Court of Appeal was concerned about the sharp decline in Employment Tribunal claims, it said that in itself that was not sufficient and …

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Agency Workers Regulations

In Coles –v- Ministry of Defence the EAT had to decide whether an agency worker in a temporary job should be given the right to apply for that job or alternatively to get preference ahead of permanent employees within the …

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Dismissal by reason of comments on Facebook

In British Waterways Board –v- Smith, the EAT had to decide whether comments made by an Employee on Facebook which he later claimed to be untrue was sufficient to amount to gross misconduct.  Mr Smith had made derogatory comments on …

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Disciplinary Hearing – Choice of Representative

In Stephens –v- University of Birmingham the High Court had to make a decision as to whether denying an employee a choice of representative at a disciplinary hearing other than a union representative or a colleague would be sufficient to …

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TUPE Regulations

In BT Managed Services Limited –v- Edwards the EAT had to decide whether an Employee who was permanently off sick could be considered to be assigned to an organised grouping of employees under a TUPE transfer.  Mr Edwards had been …

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PI TEAM SPOTLIGHT: Jackie Miller

What does your role at Davis Blank Furniss involve? Ensuring clients are adequately compensated for injuries received through no fault of their own. What is the best thing about your job? Knowing I am helping people, building up their trust …

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Kate Oldfield Discusses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The symptoms of PTSD have been around for a very long time.  Sadly, it has not always been taken seriously. During World War I it was referred to as shell shock or traumatic neurosis and even linked to cowardice in …

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Edward Moss – trainee solicitor – Answers Some of the Most Common PI Questions.

How long do I have to bring a claim if I have suffered an accident that wasn’t my fault? The usual rule is that claims must be brought within three years of the accident. There are some exceptions but it …

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Ashi Arora: What You Need To Do If You’re Injured Whilst Travelling On A Plane

Plane travel has now become second nature to many of us.  Gone are the days when travelling by plane was a rarity.  Now it has been likened to catching a bus.  What happens if you are injured on a plane? …

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