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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 28 January 2016

    What Now For Workplace Privacy?

    Recently there has been a lot of press attention about the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Barbulescu v Romania. Some sensationalist commentators have been quick to decry the death of privacy for employees. Others have said that the judgment does little to change the current law. But what does this judgment actually mean? Read more

  • 28 January 2016

    Sickness Absence Policies: Making Reasonable Adjustments

    In Griffiths v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 1265, the Court of Appeal has held that the threshold for sanctions under a sickness absence policy can be subject to the duty to make reasonable adjustments, but considered what adjustments would be seen as "reasonable" in the circumstances. Read more

  • 28 January 2016

    Legislation update

    In this month's legislation update, we review two important pieces of legislation affecting employers and which will come into force in early 2016. Read more