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Archives: September 2014

Our guide to what the Archers can teach us about UK employment law – yes really!

Here at DWF towers we don’t often find popular culture references to employment law. We’re also not convinced that the Archers counts as “popular” culture, but there is suddenly an awful lot of employment law in the everyday tale of country folk.

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All about efficiency – Germany takes the lead on working time

There has always been a big debate in the UK about the efficiency of working time and availability of employees. There is, for good reason, often a requirement to have a 24 hour service 7 days per week to ensure service excellence.

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Dealing with data theft

Data theft has long been an issue for employers especially when employees leave businesses. This is particularly concerning when the theft relates to confidential customer or client information.

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Where to litigate?

Two recent interesting cases have come through the UK Tribunal system addressing issues as to whether an employee working overseas or working in the UK with a foreign employer was entitled to bring litigation in the UK.

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Anti-social media – where to draw the Line(ker)?

Football is, apparently, all about opinions. But should employers be overly concerned when employees give their opinions or express their views on sensitive issues – or even the outcome of a football match? We’ve seen three examples of celebrities tweeting that have hit the headlines this week. What are the ramifications for employers?

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A flavour of things to come from Labour – too hot to handle for some employers?

It’s that party political time of conference season when politicians offer comments on how they would see laws developing if they won the next election. Between the political rhetoric of Ed Miliband’s speech there were strong hints, which we understand are called “policy flavours” (i.e. the big picture and not the detail) of changes Labour would make that could impact …

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Finns swimming against the tide in relation to temporary workers?

The European Court of Justice has recently heard a case brought by Finnish employers. The case seeks clarification as to whether a collective agreement entered into between employers and employees in the petrol industry, limiting the ability of the employer to use temporary workers, is in line with the Temporary Agency Workers Directive (TAWD).

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Part two: What happens when time off for an antenatal appointment is refused?

From 1 October 2014, employees in a “qualifying relationship” will be entitled to accompany their pregnant partners to two antenatal appointments, for up to six and a half hours per appointment. There is no right to pay but there is an accompanying protection from detriment or dismissal. In part one of our blog we discussed who has the right to …

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Part one: Who is entitled to the new right to time off for antenatal appointments ?

From 1 October 2014, employees in a “qualifying relationship” will be entitled to accompany their pregnant partners to two antenatal appointments, for up to six and a half hours per appointment. In the first of our two part blog we take a look at who qualifies for the right to time off and how a request is made. 

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Things are getting heated in the fast food world…

We recently reported on the fast moving changes in the US labour scene – specifically the franchisee/franchisor relationship in the context of employer duties and responsibilities towards their workforce. A theme that has spread from the EU to the US, employers are having to deal head on with the principles of engagement, flexibility and responsibility when managing and relating to …

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American franchises – who is really in charge?

The key issues facing employers in the EU revolve around the principles of engagement, flexibility and responsibility. Within each of those areas employers are having to re-address and remodel how they relate to the labour force.

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Lock case on commission and holiday pay due in Tribunal in October

Earlier this year, we blogged on the Lock v British Gas Trading Limited decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which has now been remitted to the Leicester Employment Tribunal for hearing on 20 and 21 October.

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What to expect in Autumn 2014

The summer holidays have been and gone again, in their usual blur of sun cream and raincoats and the pre-Christmas season fast approaches.

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Parental equality – but not when it comes to pay

The right to additional paternity leave (APL) has now been with us for over 3 years.

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What are the employment law implications of a YES vote?

With the Scottish referendum on independence only 2 weeks away we take a look at the implications on employment law of a YES vote.

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France – An attack on the 35 hour week?

Traditionally France has been seen as a key exemplar in the work life balance arena, often to the frustration of industry and economic commentators.

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