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  • 3 February 2017

    Can an employer rely on expired written warnings?

    In Stratford v Auto Trail VR Ltd UKEAT/0116/16 the Employment Appeals Tribunal considered whether an employer taking account of a history of expired warnings meant that the employee's dismissal was unfair. Read more

  • 12 December 2016

    Break Clauses and ‘Vacant Possession’

    An important reminder of the need for strict compliance with break provisions is provided in the recent case of Riverside Park Ltd v NHS Property Services Ltd [2016]. Read more

  • 12 December 2016

    The Need for Caution when Exercising Break Rights

    In this period of economic uncertainty, an increasing number of Tenants will exercise break rights within their commercial leases and in this weak market, Landlords will challenge defective notices, or compliance with break conditions wherever possible. Whilst the costs savings for businesses in exiting commercial leases could be significant, so too can the risks involved. Failure to serve a valid break notice could result in a business remaining liable and tied into the property with long-term and unwanted commitments. Read more

  • 3 November 2016

    Consultation on payment complaints scheme for small businesses

    The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has opened its consultation on the mechanics of a new complaints scheme which is intended to help small businesses resolve disputes arising from their supply relationships with larger businesses. Read more

  • 3 November 2016

    Pay protection and reasonable adjustments

    In G4S and Powell, the EAT considered the extent to which an employer has a duty to protect pay as part of an array of reasonable adjustments for employees considered disabled under the Equality Act 2010. Read more

  • 3 November 2016

    Data Protection: Personal liability for directors?

    The Digital Economy Bill ("the Bill") is making its way through the House of Commons and is expected to become law in Spring 2017. Read more

  • 3 November 2016

    Agency Latest – Cutting Both Ways

    Many readers will conduct their sales via a commercial agent, That is to say, broadly, using the services of a self employed sales person, generally paid wholly or mainly by commission on the sales in his territory. Read more

  • 15 August 2016

    Right to Work Checks – Is Your Business Compliant?

    The Home Office has issued new guidance to employers on right to work checks in light of the new illegal working offences under the Immigration Act 2016 coming into force on 12 July 2016. Read more

  • 12 August 2016

    Holmes v Qinetiq

    In Holmes v Qinetiq, the EAT considered the applicability of the ACAS Code of Practice ("the Code") with reference to termination of employees for ill health. It examined the meaning of "disciplinary" in some detail to ascertain whether a 25% uplift in a claim for unfair dismissal was available. Read more

  • 12 August 2016

    Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP v Bailey

    In Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP ("FFT") v Bailey, the EAT reviewed the admissibility of pre-termination settlement negotiations when the case included a claim for discrimination alongside unfair dismissal. Read more