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  • 25 April 2016

    Raking over the ashes: rights to the body and funeral disputes

    We look at the issues surrounding who has the right to the body after death. 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

    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

    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

  • 15 March 2016

    Cutting family ties: The truth about disinheritance

    We are often asked to prepare Wills by clients who do not wish their children to benefit from their death. This can be for a variety of reasons but it is usually because they have either fallen out, or have been estranged for some time. Read more

  • 11 March 2016

    Deeds of variation: ripe for abolition?

    We consider the importance and purpose of deeds of variation. Read more

  • 11 March 2016

    A city centre move for Steeles Law

    Steeles Law will be opening the doors to its new Norwich city centre based offices in spring 2016. 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

    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

    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