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News, Articles & Events: June 2015

The key provisions under the SBEEA 2015 include section 152 which substantially increases the penalty that can be imposed on an employer that underpays its workers in breach of the National Minimum Wage legislation and section 153 which prohibits the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. In essence, section 153 effectively prohibits any clause […]

In the case, Dr Reynolds, the Claimant, worked as Chief Medical Officer under a consultancy agreement with CLFIS (UK) Ltd (Canada Life). Following a presentation by the Managing Director of the Division (prepared with the assistance of another manager), which highlighted various perceived problems with the Claimant’s performance, Canada Life’s UK General Manager decided to […]

The recent case of Chesterton Global Ltd and Anor v Nurmohamed is the first appeal case since the law was amended in 2013 and considers the issue of what amounts to a disclosure “in the public interest.” A director and employee of Chesterton Global Ltd complained to senior management that the company’s profit and loss […]

The employee was employed as a bus driver. As the employee’s driving was considered to be below an acceptable standard and she had repeatedly refused to attend the training school, she was subject to disciplinary proceedings. During the disciplinary proceedings the employee made certain allegations about some of the managers involved. Despite these allegations the […]

Mr Edwards and Mr Morgan were employed by Encirc on 12 hour shifts. In addition to their roles, Mr Edwards was an employee health and safety representative and Mr Morgan was a trade union representative. Both attended, respectively, health and safety meetings and trade union meetings. These finished in the late afternoon leaving Mr Edwards […]

Perhaps you were “enjoying” the World Cup in South Africa (we’re still trying to forget England’s dismal performances…), maybe you were watching Despicable Me, which was released that month or maybe, just maybe, you were ahead of the game and were contemplating how a statutory instrument introduced by the Government would amend UK competition law, […]

Many sectors, such as the retail and hospitality sectors, and many other seasonal industries rely heavily on zero hours contracts to deal with fluctuating demand within their workforce. The widespread use of zero hours contracts is highlighted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s estimate that one million workers are engaged via zero hours […]

Concerns have been raised over the taxation of lump sum pension fund withdrawals over and above the 25% tax-free allowance. This is because unless the planholder supplies their pension provider with a P45 form obtained from their employer, HM Revenue and Customs will apply emergency coding which will assume payments of the same magnitude will […]

In our autumn bulletin last year we flagged new consumer rights of redress affecting franchise businesses that deal with consumers and engage in misleading or aggressive practices. A recent case1 has now clarified that a single act can be a misleading commercial practice. The consumer protection from unfair trading regulations 2008 describe a commercial practice […]

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