A recent decision by the Royal Courts of Justice Senior Courts Costs Office has demonstrated the readiness of the Court to impose costs sanctions when a party to litigation unreasonably refuses to participate in mediation. In Bristow v Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust , the Judge awarded the costs of detailed assessment to the Claimant on […]
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GOOD NEWS………of sorts – The travel time ruling does not mean UK mobile workers are automatically entitled to extra pay!
A recent decision by Europe’s highest Court (the ECJ) ruled that, for those workers with no fixed/habitual place of work, time spent travelling between home and their first and last job each day, counts as “working time”. This does not mean, however, that they are automatically entitled to more pay! This decision does have implications […]
The De-Regulation Act was passed on 27th March 2015 and came into effect the 1st October 2015. The act mainly relates to the servicing of a Section 21 notice, including “revenge evictions” and deposit protection, in order to further regulate and improve the lettings process. Section 21 Notice Historically, a landlord could serve a Section […]
Clearing out the tenants goods Property that the tenant leaves behind still belongs to the tenant and normally should be returned to the tenant. If you throw away property belonging to the tenant which subsequently turns out to be of value, you may be subject to a claim from the tenant for damages. If the […]
Under new legislation the bankruptcy level will be raised from £750 to £5000. Therefore creditors will need to be owed a minimum of £5,000 before they are able to petition for a debtor’s bankruptcy (the level for liquidation of a debtor company remains at £750). The £750 was set way back in 1986 and the […]
The use of social media by individuals and businesses is now commonplace. As a result, we have seen a number of cases involving the use of social media come before the courts. We also regularly receive queries from employers about implementing social media policies and disciplining/performance managing staff as a result of their use of […]
Back in March, following the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s (“EAT”) decision in Bear Scotland v Fulton and other cases, we looked at whether holiday pay should include any overtime worked by an employee. Bear Scotland Bear Scotland confirmed that certain payments should be included when calculating an employee’s normal weekly pay for holiday pay purposes. These […]
From 1 October 2015, the new hourly National Minimum Wage rates will be: 21 years + £6.70 18 – 20 years £5.30 16 – 17 years £3.87 Apprentices* £3.30 * This band applies to apprentices under 19 or in the first year of apprenticeship For those aged 25 and above, their hourly rate will rise […]
The snappily entitled “Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014 – 2015”, which was recently being debated by the House of Commons and House of Lords, prohibits the use of exclusivity clauses within zero hours contracts. The Government’s concern is that employers who include a clause in their zero hours contracts which prevent a worker […]
Employment Tribunal statistics published recently show the continuing decline in the number of claims being made in the Employment Tribunal since the introduction of fees in July 2013. For the majority of claims, (including unfair dismissal), the fees are £250 for issuing the claim and a further £950 if the case proceeds to a hearing. […]
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