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Employee, Worker, or Self-Employed? Pimlico Plumbers Limited v Smith

December 11, 2014

The recent case of Pimlico Plumbers Limited v Smith has been used to consider the question of the employment status of a plumber engaged by a plumbing and maintenance company. Mr Smith claimed unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, entitlement to pay during medical suspension, and failure to provide a statement of employment particulars. In order to […]

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How Employment Law deals with the Entertainment Industry

January 30, 2014

Employment law can be something of a minefield when dealing with the entertainment industry. By its very nature, with its need to respond to consumer/viewer demands, contracts have tended to be short term in nature. However, where major television networks are concerned, there is something of a duality at work. On the one hand, networks […]

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The Five Most Peculiar Employment Tribunal Cases

January 9, 2014

At Howells Solicitors, we see more than our fair share of employment tribunal cases, from the perspective of both employer and employee. Every case is different and sometimes the industry comes up with something slightly out of the ordinary. Here are some of the most peculiar employment cases of the last few years: Man sacked […]

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Understanding the Deed of Release

September 28, 2013

(Aus Employment Law) An employment deed of release is a binding legal document that establishes agreement between an employee and an employer when employment has been terminated. The deed is final: after it has been signed, the former employee has no further claim on the employer. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A DEED OF RELEASE? […]

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Fees for Employment Tribunals

August 27, 2013

The High Court has recently granted permission for a review of the new fees for employment tribunals. Level one claimants who are claiming for holiday pay, unpaid wages and redundancy payouts will now be liable to pay an initial fee of £160. On top of the issue fee, claimants are also expected to pay a […]

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When does a dismissal become automatically unfair?

July 30, 2013

To bring an unfair dismissal claim against their former employer, an individual must: actually be an employee (as opposed to “worker”); have been dismissed (as defined by s.95 of the Employment Rights Act 1996); if hired before 6 April 2012 have 1 year’s continuous service; if hired on or after 6 April 2012 have 2 […]

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Does Your Employer Provide Short Term Disability?

June 23, 2013

Short term disability coverage can save your financial future in some cases. The idea behind this is to make sure that employees who suffer some sort of an injury or illness that puts them out of work for a while can survive without their paychecks. Oftentimes, this allows them to keep their job and to […]

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Apprentice claim is labelled “a claim which should never have been brought”

April 14, 2013

The 2010 Apprentice winner, Stella English, has lost her claim for constructive dismissal against Lord Sugar’s company, Amshold Group Limited. The Employment Tribunal’s decision can be read here: English v Amshold Group Ltd. It was widely reported in the press that English described her £100,000 a year job as “a sham” and claimed she was […]

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Government Changes To Streamline Employment Tribunal Process

April 11, 2013

The Government is introducing changes that they say will streamline the employment tribunal process. Jo Swinson, the employment relations minister, has announced that changes will make the tribunal process easier for employers to understand and will ensure that the whole process is not only more efficient but will also get rid of weak claims. She […]

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WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK: recent developments in the protection given to whistleblowers under UK law

March 16, 2013

Whistleblowing has been a prominent feature in the headlines recently and public enquiries and scandals in many sectors have exposed the current protection for whistleblowers to scrutiny. Calls for change have intensified since Gary Walker, the former Chief Executive of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS, hit the headlines as he was “gagged” from raising concerns […]

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