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Feb
22
2017

A costly detour - employer’s attempt to bypass collective bargaining to negotiate directly with employees fails

Under section 145B of TULRCA, it is an offence for an employer to offer employees an ‘inducement’ which, if accepted, would result in them giving up any or all of..

Feb
22
2017

Supreme Court decides minimum income immigration rule is lawful

This morning, the UK’s highest court has unanimously ruled that the minimum income threshold introduced by Theresa May in 2012, is lawful. The measure that British spouses must earn more..

Feb
17
2017

Trade Union Act 2016 Update – Main provisions in force from 1st March 2017

The Government has now confirmed that, as expected, the main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 will come into force on 1st March 2017...

Feb
17
2017

What happens when a “sweetheart deal” leaves a sour taste?

The Court of Appeal has recently held that a collective agreement already in place with a non-independent trade union (a “sweetheart deal”) prevented an application by an independent trade union..

Feb
17
2017

Lloyd’s of London bans liquid lunches

The historic insurance market, Lloyd’s of London, has hit the headlines as it announced a ban on drinking alcohol between the hours of 9am and 5pm. ..

Feb
14
2017

Roses are red, violets are blue, if love is in the office air, what should you do?

Most of us are likely to be spending Valentine’s Day at work and, although many people will be separated from their partners, those looking for love may not need to..

Feb
10
2017

Another blow to the ‘gig economy’ - plumber wins Court of Appeal case

Today the Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in a case brought by plumber Gary Smith against Pimlico Plumbers. The Court upheld an earlier Employment Tribunal decision that..

Feb
10
2017

Free immigration advice for employees?

It’s being reported that Starbucks in the US is offering employees and their families free immigration advice from Ernst & Young following President Trump’s controversial ‘travel ban’. A spokesperson for..

Feb
09
2017

Holyoake v Candy- Sweet news for data controllers dealing with SARs

In a notable judgement, the High Court refused an application to order compliance with a subject access request (SAR) on the basis that searches had been reasonable and proportionate and..

Feb
09
2017

Trade union rep potentially fairly dismissed for not so picture perfect activities

In the case of Metroline RATPDEV Ltd v Morris, the EAT held the Claimant’s activities of storing, using or disseminating confidential information did not amount to ‘trade union activities’ and..



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