Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Trustee jailed for theft

A trustee is responsible for looking after assets on behalf of another. In such a role the must perform their duties to ensure that all steps are taken in the beneficiary’s best interests. If a trustee acts in breach of their duties they may find themselves personally liable to the beneficiaries. Taking an entirely dishonest… Read more »

Down tools, it’s snowing!

Living in the UK we are often subjected to adverse weather conditions and, quite frankly, have not yet learned how to cope with them. We have already seen snowfall, frost and freezing fog and there is worse still to come over the winter period. Despite our inability to manage the weather, employers must be able… Read more »

Collective redundancy timescale is halved

The Government has announced its intention to reduce the minimum consultation period for collective redundancies involving more than 100 employees from 90 days to 45 days. However, employees working under a fixed term contract will be excluded. ACAS have been asked to produce a non-statutory code of guidance and both the changes in legislation and… Read more »

New Year, new start; are you a landlord playing jeopardy?

As the New Year gets underway and landlords start to let their properties to those tenants looking for a new start, most landlords recognise the importance of asking for a deposit from their new tenants, so that any damages can be rectified or arrears of rent cleared once the tenants leave. But what most landlords… Read more »

Employment law changes in 2013

As we begin a new year in 2013, employers should be aware of the forthcoming changes in employment law and the impact these changes will bring. Please find below some useful information for the year ahead. Date Change Effect 1 February 2013 New tribunal award limits come into force The limit on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases from… Read more »

Enforcing retirement at 65

The default retirement age was abolished in 2011, and since 2006, under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 it has been illegal to discriminate against employees on the grounds of age. The Regulations do not apply to partnerships. However, age does not attract the absolute protection against discrimination which race, religion, or sexual orientation do…. Read more »

The Neon Roberts case – could an adult refuse medical treatment?

The court recently ruled in the case of a seven year old boy with a brain tumour that he should undergo urgent surgery. See BBC article here. In this case, the mother refused treatment for her son as she was concerned it would cause long term harm including causing brain damage and infertility. As the… Read more »

Is it wise to ban camera phones from the office Christmas party?

Digital mischief at the office Christmas party could result in miscreants getting both sacked and sued – for the sake of a few drunken prods of a mobile phone keypad. The speed that an embarrassing or even unlawful photo can make it from phone to internet is breath-taking – digital-savvy types can take a photo and… Read more »

He said what on Facebook?

Trafford Housing Trust have recently been found liable in the High Court for breach of contract after they demoted an employee who posted his personal views – relating to homosexual marriage – on his Facebook page. This case demonstrated the knee jerk reaction taken by an employer when dealing with an employee’s use of social media, which… Read more »

Are your restrictive covenants worth the paper they are written on?

A recent decision of the High Court in Patsystems v Neilly has called into question the validity and timing of restrictive covenants, which should serve as a warning to all employers who have already entered into or are considering entering into these arrangements with their employees. The employee started working in June 2000 in the… Read more »