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  • How far can you go to monitor an employee’s emails?

    19 September 2017

    Many employers will monitor the way their employees use email and the internet, partly to ensure that employees are not distracted during their working hours and, more importantly, to ensure that employees are not abusing the IT systems to damage their business – for example, sharing confidential information via email.…

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  • Rip-Off Leaseholds: The Problem of Onerous Ground Rents

    12 September 2017

    Esther Millard, Sara Abou-Jaoude and Lauren Brown from Barlow Robbins solicitors, discuss the proposals contained in the Government’s consultation paper, “Tackling Unfair Practices in the Leasehold Market”. Sara is a residential property solicitor, Lauren deals with property disputes and Esther specialises in professional negligence claims against solicitors. …

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  • Employment Law Update - July 2017

    26 July 2017

    Welcome to the July 2017 Employment Law Update. We hope that you will find this informative and useful in keeping you up to date…

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  • Employment Tribunal Fees

    26 July 2017

    ​History was made by the Supreme Court today (26 July 2017) when it quashed the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (Fees Order) – meaning that from today fees will cease to be payable for claims in the Employment Tribunal (ET) and Employment Appeal Tribunal.…

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  • Status Anxiety? - Part II

    25 July 2017

    This is the second in a series of articles on employment status in English law. In Part I we provided some background information as to the law on employment status and looked at the various statutory definitions.…

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  • A Mistaken Belief Did Not Prevent Whistleblower Protection

    25 July 2017

    If the reason, or principal reason, for dismissal is because of an employee’s protected disclosure (whistleblowing), the employee’s dismissal is automatically unfair. This will be the case even if the employer has a mistaken belief that the employee’s disclosure was not ‘protected’ for the purposes of the whistleblowing legislation.…

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  • Redundancy Consultation

    25 July 2017

    The test of reasonableness in unfair dismissal claims, as set out in section 98(4) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, plays an important role in a redundancy consultation when employees are required to compete for newly created posts following a restructure, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) has determined.</…

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  • Children and Social Work Act 2017

    07 July 2017

    The Children and Social Work Bill received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017 – just before the end of the previous Parliament. There was considerable disquiet about some of the proposals such as a controversial plan to allow local authorities to opt out of their duties relating to children’s social care. This was removed before the Bill was finally approved. …

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  • Working Time: Sleeping At Work

    07 July 2017

    Are workers entitled to the national minimum wage when 'on-call', or sleeping, at work? In a comprehensive decision, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decides 'it depends'.…

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