G4S security guard wins Employment Tribunal claim after he was made a “scapegoat”

October 5, 2014

A former security guard at HM Treasury has won his claim for unfair dismissal against his former employer after it was found that he had been made a “scapegoat” for the failings of the firm. Mr Wilfred Onyia brought legal claims against security firm G4S after he claimed he was forced to resign last year […]

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Changes to Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) May 2014

May 1, 2014

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) were originally introduced to help both employers and employees understand their rights when the business they manage or work for is taken over or sold. A UK adaptation of the European Union Business Transfers Directive, it forms a crucial part of UK labour law, protecting employers when […]

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How To Avoid Penalty Clauses

April 24, 2014

On coming to a commercial agreement and contracting with another business or individual, it is important to agree what will happen on a breach of the contract. Such a clause will help prevent the matter from going to court or litigation as the parties have previously agreed what to do in the event. Doing so, […]

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Disabled woman wins Employment Tribunal claim over toilet issues

April 16, 2014

A disabled mother-of-three has won her claim for discrimination in the Employment Tribunal after it was found that her employer had failed to make reasonable adjustments to the workplace to accommodate her disability. Mrs Karen Sharpe, 44, who has the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS), made her Employment Tribunal claim after she had a dispute […]

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Accident at work lands company in court

April 9, 2014

A Leicestershire-based company has been fined by the Magistrates’ Court after it pleaded guilty to health and safety offences that led to serious injuries to one of its workers. K & DE Barnett and Sons were fined almost £7,000 and ordered to pay the prosecution’s costs after a worker fell from the a stack of […]

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Restrictive Covenants: How Businesses Can Protect Their Interests When an Employee Leaves

April 9, 2014

A mark of all successful businesses is how well they have carved themselves out a niche in their sector. That niche differentiates them from their competitors and is their edge when competing. Businesses will want, then, to ensure insofar as possible that the singularity of their interests, ideas and innovations are kept secret. For the […]

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US policewoman wins $5.7 million after being sexually harassed at work

March 24, 2014

A former St Louis police officer has been awarded millions of dollars by a court after she succeeded in her claim that she had been harassed and discriminated by fellow officers on the police force. Tanisha Ross-Paige, a former canine officer in the St Louis police force, made her claims for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, […]

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UK Tier 2 Visas for Overseas Contractors

March 18, 2014

The UK is one of the most favoured destinations in the world when it comes to inward migration. This may not be all that surprising as it’s one of the top half-dozen world economies. Sometimes, contractors may find it difficult to find a position in their own country and may be attracted by the strength […]

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Former deckhand wins compensation after boss threatens to stab him

March 18, 2014

A former deckhand has won compensation in the Employment Tribunal after a director of the firm that employed him threatened to stab him to death and throw him over the side of the boat, according to the Grimsby Telegraph. Mr Dean Wilbourne-Kay started work with Access Offshore Marine Limited in June 2012 as a deck […]

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Call for Budget re-think of tax rules on training costs

March 17, 2014

Rules on which training costs can be deducted as a business expense are damaging the development of the UK’s skill base and needs to be re-thought in time for this year’s Budget, says the Professional Representation Network, the talent management service for contractors. The Professional Representation Network explains that current tax rules discourage self-employed contractors, […]

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