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Archives: December 2014

Government takes action to deal with holiday pay uncertainty

The government has today (18 December) taken decisive action to deal with the current uncertainty regarding holiday pay claims

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Obesity can constitute a ‘disability’ for the purposes of discrimination claims

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued its Judgment this morning in the case of Kaltoft v Billund Kommune, a case referred to it by the Danish Courts.

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What to expect in 2015

2014 has proved to be an exciting year for employment law and looking ahead to 2015 it looks set to be another busy year. So, along with a host of unwanted Christmas gifts and the standard January detox what else can we look forward to in the New Year?

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Unfair dismissal in 140 characters

If we had to summarise the lessons to be learned from the EAT decision in the case of Game Retail Ltd v Laws in no more than 140 characters, it would be as follows: Employees should separate private Twitter opinions from their work-connected accounts whilst employers must judge each case on its own facts

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Unison’s challenge to tribunal fees fails

It is being reported that Unison’s challenge to the legality of employment tribunal fees, was dismissed this morning (17 December) by the High Court. The introduction of fees was possibly the most controversial change to the tribunal system since its inception. Praised by some as a means of weeding out unmeritorious claims it was condemned by others as a restriction …

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DWF recognised for Innovation at British Legal Awards

National business law firm DWF won the ‘Law Firm Innovation’ and ‘Best Use of Technology’ awards at last night’s British Legal Awards. Hosted by legal magazine Legal Week, the awards recognise the firms that have displayed excellence and innovation within the sector and highlight the wider contribution that law firms and legal departments have made to the community and economy.

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Recruiting trends – good news for business

We were delighted to attend the Hays Salary Guide Breakfast Seminar which detailed the findings of the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends Survey. There were some very positive messages for employers, demonstrating the opportunities for growth and positivity – particularly in a number of key sectors. There were however reminders of complacency to employers in relation to their employees …

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Wrapping up your Christmas party

Christmas is approaching and for every employer the same old question raises its ugly head; when is the Christmas party? Inevitably once that question is answered hundreds  more will follow; what is the budget? should we charge? who will attend? what can we do instead? It should be recognised that whilst Christmas parties may be seen by most as a …

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Enforced Subject Access Requests

The new law preventing the practice of requiring an employee or potential employee to make a subject access request into their own criminal records and then disclose the results to the employer was originally due to be implemented on 1 December 2014 but was delayed due to a “technical” issue. It is now due to come into force on 10 …

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