MPs call for unpaid internships ban – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2017 in employment, equality, news, parliament, reports by tracey

‘Unpaid internships should be banned as a barrier to social mobility, says a report from MPs and peers.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2017

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Would you support a maximum wage law in the UK? – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2017 in employment, news, remuneration by sally

‘Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has again suggested he would like to see a maximum salary cap in the UK. Would you support this policy? And what level do you think maximum earnings should be?’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2017

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A technology top ten for 2017 – Technology Law Update

‘What should we expect in the technology space in 2017?

We take a look at current trends and focus on some of the legal opportunities and pitfalls that they present.’

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Technology Law Update, 6th January 2017

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Government names new chief to lead crackdown on worker exploitation – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2017 in employment, gangmasters, immigration, minimum wage, news by tracey

‘The government has moved to crack down on unscrupulous employers by appointing a new boss to lead the collection of government bodies tasked with stamping out exploitation in the workplace. Prof Sir David Metcalf, a founding member of the Low Pay Commission and former chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, was named on Thursday as the first director of Labour Market Enforcement.’

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The Guardian, 5th January 2017

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Gangmasters agree to pay more than £1m to settle modern slavery claim – The Guardian

‘A Kent-based gangmaster couple have agreed to a landmark settlement worth more than £1m in compensation and legal costs for a group of migrants who were trafficked to work on farms producing eggs for high street brands.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2016

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Employment law brief – New Law Journal

‘Ian Smith examines the recent cases that have been driving employment law.’

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New Law Journal, 18th November 2016

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Is new employment law really necessary to protect the gig workers? – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in employment, employment tribunals, news, self-employment by sally

‘Significant number of the self-employed are neither enjoying the advantages of self-employment nor benefiting from the rights associated with employment.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2016

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SFO asks for private hearing in unfair dismissal claim by ex-Barclays banker – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in banking, employment, fraud, news, private hearings, unfair dismissal by sally

‘The Serious Fraud Office will on Monday ask a London employment tribunal to hear an unfair dismissal claim by a former senior banker at Barclays in private.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2016

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‘Vexatious’ barrister loses High Court appeal against disbarment – Legal Futures

‘A barrister who was disbarred after the Employment Appeal Tribunal made a ‘restriction of proceedings’ order (RPO) to prevent him bringing further vexatious claims, has had his appeal to the High Court rejected.’

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Legal Futures, 18th November 2016

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Employment Appeal Tribunal confirms that judges don’t work for a living… – Cloisters

‘… they do, however, faithfully and diligently discharge their office and can be, of course, in an employment relationship.’

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Cloisters, 31st October 2016

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See you in court: judges prepare to sue lord chancellor – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Ministry of Justice has refused to comment ahead of a potentially embarrassing case in which serving judges will sue the lord chancellor over their pension arrangements.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th November 2016

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Whistleblowing Detriment and the Liability of Co-Workers: Valuable or Valueless? By Daniel Northall – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in appeals, compensation, employment, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 introduced a substantial amendment to s.47B Employment Rights Act 1996. The newly inserted subsections (1A) – (1E) allowed a worker to bring an action for whistleblowing detriment against a co-worker or agent of the employer directly.’

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Littleton Chambers, 7th November 2016

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Some Lessons from Uber – No. 5 Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in appeals, employment, news, self-employment, taxis, tribunals by sally

‘Anthony Korn highlights some lessons from the much publicised and controversial tribunal ruling in Aslam and Farrar v Uber BV, Uber London Ltd and Uber Britannia Ltd (case Nos 2202551/2015).’

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No. 5 Chambers, 31st October 2016

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Preservation of Evidence and Misconduct During Employment: Is the Law Right? – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in confidentiality, disclosure, documents, employment, news, wrongful dismissal by sally

‘An employee believes that the working relationship with her employer is breaking down. She anticipates future disputes about a bonus, and any imminent future termination. Wanting to ensure that she has key documents available in case she needs to seek advice or prove a future claim, she emails some of them – including confidential documents – to a hotmail account. Has she done anything wrong?’

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Littleton Chambers, 4th October 2016

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Workers’ rights in the gig economy – Technology Law Update

Posted November 7th, 2016 in employment, news, taxis by sally

‘Last week a UK employment tribunal case came down on the side of a group of Uber drivers. It said that they qualified as “workers” and should receive certain protections and benefits.’

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Technology Law Update, 1st November 2016

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Employed barristers call for greater recognition of their abilities – Legal Futures

Posted November 7th, 2016 in barristers, employment, news, remuneration, reports by sally

‘The majority at the employed Bar “do not feel supported or that their work is recognised”, both by the self-employed Bar and the Bar Council, research released yesterday by the latter has found.’

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Legal Futures, 4th November 2016

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Employed barristers point to financial security & work/life balance as reasons for going in-house – The Bar Council

Posted November 3rd, 2016 in barristers, employment, press releases, reports by tracey

‘New research from the Bar Council, the representative body for all barristers in England & Wales, on employed barristers’ experiences shows that financial security, a good work/life balance, pension and an interesting and diverse range of work are key factors in choosing to work in-house.’

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The Bar Council, 3rd November 2016

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Uber drivers: legal documentation has little impact on relationship between worker and engager, expert says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 1st, 2016 in employment, employment tribunals, flexible working, news, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘Much has been made of the new flexibilities the so-called ‘gig economy’ offers to businesses and workers. However, whether these flexibilities truly exist will depend on the actual relationship between the parties, as last week’s decision against Uber shows.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st October 2016

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Transferring the blame? – New Law Journal

Posted October 31st, 2016 in employment, news, transfer of undertakings by sally

‘John McMullen examines the conditions of TUPE.’

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New Law Journal, 28th October 2016

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Uber awaits tribunal ruling over drivers’ status as workers – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2016 in employment, employment tribunals, news, taxis by sally

‘An employment tribunal in London will decide whether Uber drivers should be treated as workers with basic employment rights, in a case that could affect tens of thousands of other people working across the gig economy.’

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The Guardian, 28th October 2016

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