201909.16

Redundancy – not a time to clown around!

The BBC has reported an unusual choice of companion at a work related meeting by an employee in New Zealand. When you know, you know When copy writer and part time stand up comedian Josh Thompson received an email inviting him to attend a meeting to discuss his role at the company, he had a…

201908.29

FCA held liable in disability discrimination claim – Employers beware

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has been held liable in a recent Employment Tribunal decision which serves as a stark reminder to employers to tread carefully when taking any disciplinary action against employees who may be protected under the Equality Act against disability discrimination. The ET held that an employee who had been diagnosed with…

201908.27

Outgoing Leaseholders – How your Landlord reaps the benefit!

Is ignorance bliss? Sellers of Leasehold Properties in Blocks can be blissfully ignorant of the expense involved in supplying information on their flat and satisfying the requirements of the purchaser’s solicitors and their mortgagees before they are in a position to exchange contracts. Hidden costs In addition to the usual fees and disbursements payable to…

201908.22

Coffee conundrums

Coffee connoisseurs Costa Coffee is in the spotlight, with allegations mounting that they have been ‘illegally’ deducting sums from employees wages. What are the deductions? The BBC has reported that many employees have had £200 deducted from their final wages for training costs. This is said to be the equivalent of one weeks pay for…

201908.13

PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENT – “The Pre-Nup”

We often used to hear comments about Pre-Nuptial Agreements such as “Pre-Nups aren’t worth the paper they’re written on” or “They’re only for the rich”.  This is no longer the case and provided certain safeguards are observed, Pre-Nups will be upheld in a Court of Law. They are not just for the very wealthy and…

201908.07

Island life is over

As the nation look for alternative entertainment at 9pm every evening,  the new celebrities continue to engage in headline grabbing attention. Michael Griffiths was booted out of the love island camp days before the finale and was a firm favourite with the public, given his alter ego as a fire fighter. Just days ago, it…

201907.23

#emoji #appropriate #inappropriate

Hitting the headlines again has been the suitability of using emoticons, otherwise known as ‘emoji’s’ in professional communications. ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. Emojis are based on symbols from Japanese comics and express emotion through digital communication, the idea being that they are to invoke a reaction. When are they used Emojis are…

201907.12

Restrictive Covenants ARE worth the paper they are written on

Restrictive covenants have long been perceived as not being worth the paper that they are written on, especially if they are too wide and prevent an individual from earning a living. Earlier this month the Supreme Court ruled that where restrictive covenants prevented an employee from being “concerned or interested” in a competitor for 6…

201907.10

#betsclosed #lastbets #bankbust

Why? At the end of last week, bookmaker William Hill made an announcement that 700 betting shops will close over the next few years resulting in up to 4,500 job losses due to reduced income from fixed-odds betting machine business. Hot on the heels of this surprise announcement came the news only hours ago that…