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Employment Status – Halawi v World Duty Free (UKEAT/0166/13)

November 28, 2013

An individual’s employment status determines their rights, obligations and their employer’s responsibilities. Despite the obvious importance of the question of employment status, it is not an easy one to answer. It is impossible to set down a clear set of criteria that definitely determines an individual’s status as the area is highly fact sensitive. However, […]

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Can a compromise agreement protect your business from a TUPE claim?

January 17, 2013

Some business owners choose to either ignore the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) or assume that the provisions will not apply in their set of circumstances.   Recent TUPE cases highlight that complacency can result in expensive litigation and a payout to aggrieved employees. Tamang & Anor v (1) ACT Security Ltd […]

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Phoenix companies and unfair dismissal claims

January 16, 2013

If an employee has been successful against their employer in an Employment Tribunal claim but the company has already (or has subsequently) gone into liquidation then they may have problems enforcing any Order for compensation that they’ve been awarded by the Employment Tribunal. However, what’s the situation if the employee believes that the directors of […]

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Compensation limit in unfair dismissal claims to be increased in 2013

December 16, 2012

The annual increase in the limits on particular Employment Tribunal awards and other amounts payable under employment law legislation have been announced by the Ministry of Justice. The limit on a week’s “gross pay” (which is used to calculate statutory redundancy payments and the “Basic Award” in unfair dismissal cases) has been increased from £430 […]

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Can I be suspended from work without pay?

November 7, 2012

If you’ve been suspended from work or think that you may be suspended from work then one of the first things that you’ll want to find out (apart from, obviously, what the potential consequences of your suspension are) is whether you’re being suspended on pay or not. This post will address this issue and offer […]

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Recording a grievance meeting at work

October 8, 2012

If you’ve submitted a formal grievance to your employer then it’s likely that you’re unhappy with some aspect of your workplace. Whether your grievance relates to the way you’ve been treated at work, your colleagues’ attitudes to you or your workload it can often be a stressful and confusing time. Employees often distrust how their […]

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Should and can you be sacked for failing a drugs test?

October 1, 2012

Failing a drugs test at work can have serious consequences for your job. Employers take issues such as this extremely seriously and will often take drastic action if you fail or refuse to take a blood test. This can even result in your dismissal if your employer deems it appropriate. If you’ve failed a drugs […]

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What you should do if you’re accused of theft at work

September 19, 2012

If you’ve been accused of a theft at work then you face 2 risks: the possibility of going to jail and the possibility of losing your job. This will obviously therefore be a stressful time for you. Most employees are aware that their employer is prohibited form unfairly dismissing them but may be unaware of […]

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Government again considering changes to unfair dismissal law

September 12, 2012

Reports surfaced in the Daily Telegraph this week that the Government is, post-reshuffle, considering making changes to employment law in the United Kingdom, ostensibly with the purpose of boosting lack-lustre economic growth. Peter Fallon has commented on the possibility of making it easier for employers to fire employees (and subsequently had his hand slapped by […]

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My employer’s taking ages to respond to my grievance. What are my options?

September 5, 2012

If you’ve submitted a grievance at work then it goes without saying that you’re experiencing a problem at work – a problem that’s exercising you enough to force you to take formal action to redress it. Whether this problem is being caused by difficult co-workers, an overburden of work, a medical condition or any other reason you […]

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