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  • 8 April 2016

    Lay-offs and short-time working

    In Craig v Bob Lindfield and Son Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that there is no implied term that a period of lay-off will be no more than is reasonable. In this case, an employee who resigned after being laid off for four and a half weeks without pay was not found to have been constructively dismissed, as there had been a genuine downturn in work which led to the employer operating a contractual lay-off clause and the employer had a reasonable expectation that further work would become available within four weeks. Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    National Living Wage: Updated guidance on calculating National Minimum Wage

    Following the introduction of the Government's National Living Wage on 1 April 2016, The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has issued new guidance on calculating the National Minimum Wage: Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    The effect of commission on holiday pay

    Article 7 of the Working Time Directive (WTD) gives workers the right to be paid during their annual leave. Unfortunately, it does not then specify how holiday pay should be calculated. In British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock and anor, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed the position taken in Bear Scotland Ltd and ors v Fulton: The Working Time Regulations 1998 can be interpreted in line with the WTD, so as to include results-based commission payments when calculating holiday pay for the basic four weeks' annual leave. Read more

  • 3 March 2016

    Minimum wage and night shift work

    In Shannon v Rampersad & Rampersad T/A Clifton House Residential Home UKEAT/0050/15/LA, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) concluded that a night worker who lives at his place of work is only entitled to NMW for the hours during which he is awake and working. Read more

  • 3 March 2016

    Early conciliation and time limits

    In Myers and Another v Nottingham City Council ET/2601136/15 and ET/2601137/15, we have an employment tribunal decision dealing with the calculation of an extension of time where ACAS early conciliation was commenced prior to dismissal. Read more

  • 3 March 2016

    Avoiding procedural pitfalls in employee dismissal

    In the absence of gross misconduct, the dismissal of an employee for a first offence is likely to be unfair if they have not previously received any warnings. This is an established principle of employment law. However, as John-Charles v NHS Business Services Authority UKEAT/0105/15 demonstrates, keeping employees in the loop can often be just as important to the outcome. Read more

  • 1 March 2016

    Calling all Steeles Law not for profit clients

    Steeles Law is delighted to be sponsoring the Charity Property Matters Survey 2016. Read more

  • 29 January 2016

    Non-Disclosure Agreements (“NDAs”) – can you keep a secret?

    NDAs (also referred to as confidentiality agreements) are a crucial tool when seeking to protect your designs, inventions or ideas. The ultimate form of protection is of course not to divulge the information in the first place, however you will eventually reach the stage where this strategy becomes impractical; particularly if you are undertaking a joint venture or looking for a manufacturer or business partner. Read more

  • 29 January 2016

    Turning Intellectual Property Into Cash

    There are two main ways in which intellectual property (IP) can be used to generate an income; licensing and assigning. Read more

  • 29 January 2016

    Have you started work on your register of persons of significant control?

    The legal requirement for companies to keep a register of persons of significant control (PSCs) is coming into force on 6 April 2016. The time has come for companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) to take action or risk potential criminal liability and penalties. Read more