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Interpreting Contracts – It is Express Terms that Matter, not Hindsight!

The Law requires that commercial contracts are interpreted on the basis of the words actually used and it is illegitimiate to apply hindsight in order to achieve what might be viewed as a fair outcome. In an important decision in an employment case, the Court of Appeal found that a Judge fell into precisely that…

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Dismissal without a Right of Appeal is Almost Always Unfair

It is nearly always unfair to dismiss employees without affording them a right of appeal. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) made that point in the case of a pizza restaurant employee who was sacked in the mistaken belief that his right to work in the UK had expired. The competent, capable and well-regarded worker was…

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Can you be working when you’re asleep? Court of Appeal Says No!

Many employees, particularly in the care industry, are required to sleep in overnight at or near their workplaces in order to provide assistance if needed – but are they entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for hours spent in slumber? The Court of Appeal (CoA) has tackled that issue in a guideline ruling….

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Don’t Launch Employment Proceedings Without Legal Advice

Two reasons why you should always seek legal advice before launching employment proceedings are; that strict time limits apply and that a failure to properly focused your claims at the outset can results in all or some of them being dismissed without a hearing. A case concerning a Sales Executive who was dismissed shortly after…

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Facing disciplinary Proceedings at Work? Consult a Lawyer Today!

If you are facing disciplinary proceedings at work, it makes sense to contact a Lawyer straight away. The point was made by one case in which a Judge came into the aid of a Consultant Psychiatrist who faced accusations of gross misconduct after a young prison inmate hanged himself. The Psychiatrist worked part time at…

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Self-Employed or Worker? – Supreme Court Lays Down the Law

Self-employed or worker? There can hardly be a more burning issue in Employment Law and, in upholding a Plumber’s claim that he fell into the latter category, the Supreme court has impose vital restraints on the so called  ‘gig economy’. The man was one of a bank of plumbers that provided their services to a…

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Shop Manager Wrongly Accused of Theft wins £20,000 Compensation

Employers who do not have robust procedures in place for investigating incidents of alleged staff misconduct frequently pay a heavy price. That was certainly so in one case in which a shop manager who was sacked after being unjustifiably accused of theft won more than £20,000 in compensation. The woman was alleged to have taken…

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup – Are you Ready?

The 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup commences on Thursday 14th June with a match between Russia and Saudi Arabia that kicks off at 4:00pm UK time in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Employers who have not already done so should ensure they have policies in place to deal with any issues that…

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Mental Health Awareness Week – Acas Guidance for Employers

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), and this year the Mental Health Foundation is focusing on stress. Whilst not a mental health problem in itself, stress can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. According to the Foundation, one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some…

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Compensation for Injury to Feelings Is Tax Free, Rules Court of Appeal

Those who suffer unlawful discrimination in the workplace are entitled to be compensated for injury to their feelings and, following an important Court of Appeal decision, such awards will henceforth be tax free. The case concerned a company director, aged in his mid-50s, who claimed that he had been selected for redundancy due to his…

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