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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Employment Law Newsletter – May 2015

Welcome to our May 2015 Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent case developments over the last month. There have been some interesting case law developments particularly with the ECJ as it has finally reached its decision in the Woolworths case (see below). CASE... Read the rest of this entry →

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Shiva Shadi – head of Employment – asks: Will the Tories reduce the Human Rights of British Residents?

The European Convention on Human Rights was developed by the UK and others following World War II. In 1998, the Human Rights Act was established in order to enable access to human rights here in the UK instead of having to pursue them in the European Court of Human Rights.  It was to form the... Read the rest of this entry →

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BIS Guidance

Do you need guidance on the changes to adoption leave and pay? The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published technical guidance for employers about the changes to adoption leave and pay that came into effect on 5 April 2015. The guidance is titled ‘Changes to Adoption Leave and Pay from 5 April 2015:... Read the rest of this entry →

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Lord Browne on Sexual Orientation

The cross-bench peer Lord Browne shares his views on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual people in senior roles stating that companies should set-out how many people in senior roles are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual. Lord Browne feels that providing this information will help to show people that ‘coming out’ can be a positive move... Read the rest of this entry →

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Harassment of a Zero Hours Contract Worker

In the case of Southern Britannia Hotels Ltd and another, the claimant was a 22 year old waitress with a history of mental health issues working on a zero hours contract in a hotel. The claimant alleged gender related harassment from her line manager who would touch her inappropriately, kiss her neck, make inappropriate comments... Read the rest of this entry →

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Costs in Employment Tribunals

In the case of Chadburn v Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Foundation and another the tribunal had to consider whether they should award costs against a claimant that had acted unreasonably when she made-up claims of discrimination against her employer. The tribunal decided to make a costs award against the claimant in the sum of... Read the rest of this entry →

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Woolworths and Ethel Austin Collective Redundancies

The ECJ has now handed down its judgment in the case of USDAW and another v WW Realisation 1 Ltd (in liquidation), Ethel Austin Ltd and another. In this case former employees of the high street stores Woolworths and Ethel Austin have tensely awaited the ECJ decision on what amounts to an ‘establishment’ under the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family team: Don’t neglect your emotional needs when facing relationship difficulties or a breakdown.

It is very important to be emotionally ready when making important decisions regarding a relationship breakdown. I have found that during my 16 years of working as a family lawyer, clients feel compelled or pressured to make major life decisions at a time when they are likely to be feeling emotionally vulnerable. I recognise that... Read the rest of this entry →

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Sonio Singh – partner at Davis Blank Furniss – on: ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT INCENTIVES (EMI) – REWARDING EMPLOYEES AND TAX BENEFITS.

Whilst the M&A market continues to gain momentum as confidence returns to the economy,  EMI share option schemes still remain very popular in incentivising key employees/executives.  EMI schemes are excellent tools for SMEs in a wide range of sectors given the tax efficiency and flexibility available to an employer in choosing how they operate.  A... Read the rest of this entry →

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Rosemary Reynolds – trainee solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses… Property Management: General Terms of Purchase and why you need them.

Many people assume that a standard set of terms and conditions are only used in the sale of goods/ provision of services but they can be an effective and versatile way for a property manager to set out their expectations for everyone they employ or contract with at any of their sites. Terms for a... Read the rest of this entry →

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