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  • Dismissals aren't always effective

    It's a misconception to think that just because an employee has been sent a letter of dismissal that the dismissal has been effected. According to the Supreme Court in the case of Gisda Cyf v Barratt, for a dismissal letter to have been effected mean... 

  • Brand Rustler

    Brand owners naturally want to protect their good name and arecent case involving a domain name that was alleged to breach a trademark highlights the fact that brand owners don't always win. The case was brought by Dolce & Gabbana against th... 

  • Better trained employees

    The Government has launched a new strategy to improve the skills of existing workers and new joiners to the workforce. The document, Investing in Sustainable Growth, sets out the Government's plans to improve on what it's been claiming to have be... 

  • MACs win again

    Now that the Migration Advisory Committee - MAC - has reported to the Government on what it believes should be the correct levels of non-EEA immigration, Home Secretary, Teresa May, has announced the Government's response. In summary, new rules a... 

  • Illegal workers? Don't read and weep

    Employing illegal workers has always been problematic, especially since February 2008 when the penalties were radically changed so thata business now risks a £10000 finefor each illegal worker caught. To help businesses avoid the penalty tr... 

  • Retirement can be compulsory

    Earlier this week we saw how the rules on retirement are going to change in 2011. Well as if by luck, the European Court of Justice has now given a ruling that will be of interest to UK employers that still want to keep a default retirement age. ... 

  • Capitalising on office relocations

    After a long period of stagnation, the commercial property sector is finally seeing signs of recovery. This is a review of the Cluttons' Commercial Property Market Outlook Report for July 2010. 

  • Be Prepared

    Readers may recall the posting here on 15 November where advice was given on planning ahead in case the poor weather that we saw last winter returns. Well as a followup, the Highways Agency have now issued their own advisory suggesting that drivers p... 

  • Retirement may be retired

    Following much pressure, a court case and a check on the country's finances, the Government is to bring forward new rules from October 2011 that abolish the default retirement age (of 65). In other words, employers can choose to let staff stay on... 

  • Mediate in private or meditate in public - your choice

    Employment disputes are common, so common that lawyers make a good living out of them.However, disputes don't always have to end up costing either - or both - sides a fortune in fees. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, helpfully know...