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  • Liability for theft by employee

    In the 2010 case of Brink's Global Services Inc and others v Igrox Ltd, the Court of Appeal held that Igrox was vicariously liable for the theft of a third party's goods by one of its employees. Brink's had a contract to transport a container of 627 ... 

  • New quality guarantee for Apprenticeships

    The Government has said that it is to further guarantee the quality of its apprenticeship programme with the publication of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England. 

  • New shared parental leave arrangements

    The Government has announced detail of its plans for a new system of flexible parental leave to help parents balance work and family commitments. The coalition agreement included a commitment to encouraging shared parenting from the earliest stages o... 

  • Taking Uncle Sam to court - a sensible move?

    Should a business need to make a number of redundancies they may not want to be too picky about when they need to start collective consultations. The case of Nolan v USA - yes that's right, Nolan has taken the United States of America to court - is r... 

  • Uninsured drivers face new crackdown

    New powers to tackle uninsured driving will come into force soon the Government has said. Under the powers it will be an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive when uninsured. Currently motorists pay an average £30 eac... 

  • Getting religion - getting fired

    Can an employee be disciplined for promotion religion, somewhat inappropriately, at work? The answer maybe an almighty - pun intended - 'yes'. In Amachree v Wandsworth Borough Council, a council employee told a service user that had a terminal illnes... 

  • Companies House sh(r)eds paper

    Now that the world has gone digital - in many areas anyway - it won't surprise readers to know that Companies House plans to become an entirely electronic service. As a result, for standard companies, incorporations, filing of annual returns, account... 

  • Online compliance

    As a neat followup to last Friday's posting, it's appropriate to mention that the Office of Fair Trading has published a document - Protecting Consumers Online - which details its strategy on protecting consumers online. The review details the a... 

  • Don't get too personal

    The Information Commissioner's Office has published a code of practice and checklist - for small businesses - on how to collect and use personal information. It covers good practice when collecting information, using the information, privacy options ... 

  • Sick employees can get new rights under new interpretation of the law

    Under English law, employees who want to have a meeting with their employer, particularly when discipline or a grievance is involved, have the right to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union representative. But what should an employer do if the...