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Archives: January 2014

Agency Worker Regulations – are workers placed on an indefinite basis with an end user covered?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently confirmed the limited application of the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) to “temporary” rather than “indefinite” placements in Moran v (1) Ideal Cleaning Services Ltd (‘Ideal’) (2) Celanese Acetate Ltd (‘Celanese’).

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Are you ready for the changes in flexible working rights later this year?

In 2003 when it was originally introduced the right to request flexible working was limited to carers of children under age 6 (under 18 in the case of disabled children).

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Denmark tackles the concept of disability

It is a regular issue for UK employers in either dealing with employees on long term sick leave or on receipt of employment litigation, as to whether the employee is disabled for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 and whether it is worth contesting this at an Employment Tribunal hearing.

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Restrictive covenants: how can employers protect themselves in the digital age?

In this day of social media with every sneeze being eagerly reported on Facebook we were extremely interested in the High Court’s decision in the case of East England Schools v Palmer looking at the impact of social media on restrictive covenants.

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Lack of employee bargaining strength has led to use of zero hours

The recent experiences of the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester demonstrate that it is a lack of employee bargaining strength and not a lack of regulation that has led to a growth in the use of zero hours arrangements.

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Woolworths Appeal Questions to be Referred to CJEU

We were at the Court of Appeal on 22 January listening to the appeal in the Woolworths case (USDAW and others v WW Realisation 1 Limited (in Liquidation).

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Office of National Statistics releases its latest Labour Market Statistics

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest Labour Market Statistics showing that employment rates continue to gradually recover, but wage levels remain low.

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Assessing the fairness of a dismissal – which warnings count?

Recent case law has confirmed the correct approach a Tribunal should take in relation to previous warnings when assessing the fairness of a dismissal.

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Assessing the fairness of a dismissal – which warnings count?

Recent case law has confirmed the correct approach a Tribunal should take in relation to previous warnings when assessing the fairness of a dismissal.

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Weather related absences – the oncoming storm

Recent extreme weather conditions have had a significant impact on businesses and with new flood warnings issued the UK is preparing itself for more disruption. In addition the US has been hit by severe cold weather, with temperatures dropping to -37C. The ensuing travel disruption has led to a number of businesses being forced to temporarily shutdown. Employers should take …

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