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Category Archives: News

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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Property Newsletter – May 2015

Welcome to the latest departmental newsletter from Davis Blank Furniss. Our focus this time is on our Property department. DeBrieF OPINION Jennifer Smith – solicitor in our Property department – discusses things to consider before purchasing a buy to let …

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Charlotte Fielding Talks ‘Passing Off’ with the SME Club

Some say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but, in business, imitation by a competitor can lead to lost profits. Another company may copy your name, logo, branding or website (your “Mark”) with a view to confusing your customers …

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Kate Oldfield Chats Fashion & Dressing Down with Solicitors Journal

Kate Oldfield – our managing partner – is often called upon to comment on issues surrounding the firm and her specialist areas of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury. However, her latest interview is more of the sartorial kind as she …

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Shared Parental Leave – Babies due on or after 5th April 2015

Do you have a policy in place? Have you decided what value of pay you will apply? Have you decided whether you can only accommodate a continuous block of leave or disbursed block of leave? If the answer is ‘No’ …

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Revised ACAS Code of Practice

The change to the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinaries reflects the EAT Judgment in Toal -v- GB Oils and came into effect from 11th March 2015. The revision confirms that employers must agree to a worker’s request to be …

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Disability and Constructive Knowledge: Donelien -v- Liberata UK Limited, EAT

In this case the EAT had to consider whether an employer had constructive knowledge of an employee’s disability where the employer had relied on an occupational health report which had been flawed with discrepancies but had nonetheless taken some other …

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Holiday Pay: Locke -v- British Gas, ET

Mr Locke had claimed that the commission he had earned should be taken into account when calculating his holiday pay so that he would not lose income by taking annual leave. Following the ECJ’s decision last year, which we have …

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