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15
Oct

The Freedom of Facebook

The Freedom of Facebook There have been two recent cases concerning Facebook which are important for employers to be aware of: FREEDOM OF SPEECH The first case, Smith v Trafford Housing Trust [2012], concerned an employee expressing views which his employer deemed were contrary to its Code of Conduct.   The employee who was of Christian faith

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19
Sep

Ban the Burqa?

Ban the Burqa? Last week, Downing Street confirmed that the Prime Minister has said that he would support schools that wanted to ban the veil.  This week it has been announced that at least 17 NHS hospitals have banned front line staff from wearing the veil.  The Government has ordered a review of all health

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17
Sep

Zero-Hours Contracts

  Zero-hours Contracts The recent controversial announcement that there could be one million workers signed on to zero-hours contracts has prompted Business Secretary, Vince Cable, to request a review of the practice. Zero-hours contracts are employment arrangements whereby the employee agrees to be available as and when required for work.  There are no fixed hours

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15
Jul

Pre-Termination Negotiations

Pre-Termination Negotiations From 29 July 2013: pre-termination negotiations will be prevented from being referred to in evidence in unfair dismissal cases; and compromise agreements will be renamed as “settlement agreements” in all relevant pieces of employment legislation. Pre-termination negotiations relate to any discussions regarding any offer or discussion of proposed settlement terms in respect of an employee’s departure. 

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11
Jul

Have You Found Your Apprentice?

Have you found your Apprentice? With The Apprentice interviews having taken place last night, now may be a good time to look at your interview process and technique.  Recruitment is an exceptionally important function in any business.  People are your key drivers and if you select the right people, they can assist you in growing

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25
Jun

Employment Tribunal Fees

Employment Tribunal Fees At present, a claim can be filed with the tribunal without charge but this is set to change on 29 July 2013 when fees are set to be introduced. How much will it be to file a claim? There are 2 categories of claim- ‘Type A’ and ‘Type B’.  Type A claims

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10
Jun

The 13 mile walk

The 13 Mile Walk As the birds sang their sweet morning song, our alarm noisily chimed out and I knew it was 5:15am- the start of a very long but rewarding day.  We packed our provisions for our long walk and gathered our registration papers and OS map and headed off to collect the second

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21
May

Gay marriage, Facebook and Breach of Contract

Gay Marriage, Facebook and Breach of Contract May 17 was World Information Society Day (to raise global awareness of societal changes brought about by the Internet and new technologies) and International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (to commemorate the day that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization in 1990 and to promote LGBT rights). 

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13
May

EU Referendum and Employment Law

EU Referendum and Employment Law The UK joined the European Union in 1973 and as a result, some of the employment laws in place which result from this membership include: The Working Time Regulations 1998: regulates maximum working hours and rest breaks (although the UK has reserved its right to permit employees to opt out of the 48 hour

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