Pensions Regulator fines first employers for breaches of automatic enrolment duties – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 30th, 2014 in employment, enforcement, fines, news, pensions, reports by sally

‘The amount of enforcement action taken against employers for non-compliance with their automatic enrolment duties rose considerably in September, according to the Pensions Regulator, which has also recently issued its first fines for breaches.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th October 2014

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Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rodgers – WLR Daily

Posted October 28th, 2014 in appeals, competition, contract of employment, employment, injunctions, law reports by sally

Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rodgers [2014] EWCA Civ 1373; [2014] WLR (D) 442

‘In considering whether to grant injunctive relief preventing an employee from working for another employer it was critical whether the grant of such relief would be tantamount to compelling the employee to return to work; and the question whether an employee in such a case who refused to return to work was entitled to continuing emoluments was an issue that essentially turned on the facts of the case. There was no rule requiring the employer to give some form of undertaking as to remuneration which went beyond the employer’s obligations under the contract, in order that the employer should be entitled to obtain an injunction.’

WLR Daily, 23rd October 2014

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McDonald v National Grid Electricity Transmission plc – WLR Daily

Posted October 28th, 2014 in appeals, asbestos, employment, law reports, negligence, regulations, Supreme Court by sally

McDonald v National Grid Electricity Transmission plc [2014] UKSC 53; [2014] WLR (D) 439

‘The Asbestos Industry Regulations 1931, made under section 79 of the Factory and Workshop Act 1901, were capable of applying where a person who, in the course of employment with a different employer, attended the defendant’s premises, and as a visitor viewed workers carrying on a process of mixing asbestos dust with water to form a paste for lagging work which exposed him to asbestos dust, even though the main business of the premises was not the processing of asbestos or the making of asbestos products.’

WLR Daily, 22nd October 2014

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Equalities watchdog to investigate ‘white drivers’ policy of Rochdale minicab firm – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in employment, equality, news, race discrimination, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘Equalities watchdog to investigate ‘white drivers’ policy of Rochdale minicab firm.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2014

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McDonald (Deceased) (Represented by Mrs Edna McDonald) (Appellant) v National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in asbestos, employment, law reports, negligence, regulations, Supreme Court by sally

McDonald (Deceased) (Represented by Mrs Edna McDonald) (Appellant) v National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 53 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 22nd October 2014

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New laws to support Good Samaritans move forward – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in bills, employment, insurance, news, volunteers by sally

‘Law changes designed to support Good Samaritans and community heroes yesterday moved a step forward.’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st October 2014

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Second bite of the cherry? Bringing a second action against different employers for development of mesothelioma: abuse of process, cause of action estoppel and discretion under s33 Limitation Act 1980 considered – Zenith PI Blog

‘Would an action against employers who were unidentifiable at the time of an initial claim against 8 other employers in 2003 succeed where it was argued that such proceedings were an abuse of process of the court, that there was cause of action estoppel and where the claim was statute barred and required an application under s 33 Limitation Act 1980?’

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Zenith PI Blog, 21st October 2014

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Court of Appeal: employer not in breach of duty of care by beginning disciplinary proceedings – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 17th, 2014 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, duty of care, employment, news, universities by tracey

‘A university did not breach its duty of care towards an employee by beginning disciplinary proceedings against her after what the employee argued was an inadequate investigation, the Court of Appeal in England and Wales has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th October 2014

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Zero Hours – A Zero Sum game? – Cloisters

Posted October 15th, 2014 in contracts, employment, news by sally

‘To many on the left, the use of zero hours contracts represent the logical extension of a form of capitalism that puts profit and flexibility over people and employment rights: a legal metaphor for austerity Britain, with its cuts to public spending, pay day loans and the so called “bedroom tax”.’

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Cloisters, 3rd October 2014

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The need to reform whistleblowing laws – OUP Blog

‘“Why didn’t anyone in the know say something about it?” That’s the natural reaction of the public when some shocking new scandal – financial wrongdoing, patient neglect, child abuse – comes to light. The question highlights the role of the whistleblower. He or she can play a vital role in ensuring that something is done about activity which is illegal or dangerous. But the price which the whistleblower pays may be high – ostracism by colleagues, victimisation by the employer, dismissal, informal blacklisting by other employers who fear taking on a “troublemaker”.’

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OUP Blog, 11th October 2014

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Winehouse row coroner sanctioned by SRA – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 8th, 2014 in coroners, employment, inquests, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The coroner whose improper appointment of his wife led to the inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse being reheard has been sanctioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2014

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Dhunna v CreditSights Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in employment, jurisdiction, law reports, unfair dismissal by tracey

Dhunna v CreditSights Ltd: [2014] EWCA Civ 1238; [2014] WLR (D) 404

‘An employee who was working or based abroad at the time of his dismissal did not fall within the territorial jurisdiction of section 94(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, which provided for the right not to be unfairly dismissed, or section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999, which provided for the right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing, subject to the exception that he might fall within that jurisdiction if he had much stronger connections both with Great Britain and with British employment law than with any other system of law. In determining that question a comparison of the merits of the local employment law of the employee’s workplace at the time of his dismissal with that of the employment law applicable in Great Britain was not relevant or required.’

WLR Daily, 19th September 2014

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Calculating Damages for a Lost Career: Sharan Griffin v Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust – Employment Law Blog

‘Harini Iyengar comments on the latest Court of Appeal case on the calculation of damages for a lost career.’

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Employment Law Blog, 25th September 2014

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Unfair Dismissal, Territorial Jurisdiction and the Higgs Boson – Littleton Chambers

‘When Lord Hoffmann gave the only substantive judgment of the House of Lords in Lawson v. Serco Ltd [2006] ICR 250 it was no doubt envisaged that the knotty question of territorial jurisdiction of s.94(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (“ERA 1996”)– the right not to be unfairly dismissed – would be resolved once and for all. It was, after all, the first time that their Lordships had considered the question, and they did so unanimously in the context of three co-joined appeals.’

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Littleton Chambers, 22nd September 2014

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Lawful Age Discrimination? – No. 5 Chambers

‘Caroline Jennings reviews the recent EAT case of Palmer v RBS UKEAT/0083/14 which concerns whether or not a statutory restriction on eligibility for early retirement benefits could amount to age discrimination.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 19th September 2014

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Employment lawyers blast draft law on recovery of public sector exit payments – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 19th, 2014 in bills, consultations, employment, local government, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Planned Government legislation to claw back exit payments from high-earning public sector staff if they get another job within 12 months is “unclear and ill-conceived”, the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th September 2014

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Victims’ Rights, the EU Charter, and Passport Confiscation – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In recent news, the government outlines proposals for increased rights for the victims of crime, as well as for the revocation and confiscation of passports for ISIS fighters returning to the UK. In other news, the legality of the EU Charter comes back to haunt Chris Grayling once again.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th September 2014

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Broker ‘loses unfair dismissal claim from City traders after abuse complaints’ – The Independent

Posted September 11th, 2014 in banking, employment, news, unfair dismissal by sally

‘A broker has lost a claim that he was bullied into leaving a City trading firm where “homophobic, racist and sexist” abuse was widespread, according to a report.’

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The Independent, 10th September 2014

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Ofsted: government failing to act over long-term NEETs – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 8th, 2014 in education, employment, news, ombudsmen, school children, statistics by sally

‘Ofsted warns that reforms designed to prevent school leavers becoming NEETs – not in education, employment or training – merely end up “delaying their fall” into the category at a later stage.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2014

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Should you ever sue your boss for discrimination? – Daily Telegraph

‘Former police officer Carol Howard has won £37,000 from the Met, after two years fighting her case against racial and gender discrimination. A victory, yes, but hard won. So is it ever worth suing your boss? Radhika Sanghani asks the legal experts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2014

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