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Small business unaware of new e-commerce rules, says FSB

Small business unaware of new e-commerce rules, says FSB

“Most small businesses” are unaware of new EU payment rules to be rolled out from September 2019, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned.

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July 12, 2019
Posted in Blog, Commercial

Opposite-sex civil partnerships extended to couples by “end of year”

Opposite-sex civil partnerships extended to couples by “end of year”

The Government will extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples by the end of this year, a report has revealed.

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July 10, 2019
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Employment Appeal Tribunal finds that covert recording is not always misconduct 

Employment Appeal Tribunal finds that covert recording is not always misconduct 

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has found that covert recording is not always misconduct, clarifying the rules following a judgement in Phoenix House V Stockman.

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July 10, 2019
Posted in Blog, Employment

Employers must record Working Time

Employers must record Working Time

It should be noted that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held in a case referred to it from Spain – Federacion de Servicos de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) v Deutsche Bank SAE that employers must keep records of hours worked to fulfil their obligations under the European Working Time Directive. The court…

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July 10, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

Was it unlawful disability discrimination to refuse employment because of a perception of a risk of future inability to work in a particular role?

Was it unlawful disability discrimination to refuse employment because of a perception of a risk of future inability to work in a particular role?

Yes, held the Court of Appeal in Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey. It has generally been understood that the Equality Act 2010 (the Act) protects individuals, who do not have a protected characteristic, where the alleged discriminator thinks that they do. However, in the case of disability discrimination, a tribunal might first have to…

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July 10, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

Is there an implied term in an employment contract that an employer will not dismiss an employee on the ground of capability during a time when they are entitled to the payment of disability income under a long-term disability plan?

Is there an implied term in an employment contract that an employer will not dismiss an employee on the ground of capability during a time when they are  entitled to the payment of disability income under a long-term disability plan?

Yes, on the facts, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Awan v ICTS. Facts: Mr Awan was a longstanding employee of American Airlines in its security department.  His contract of employment entitled him to permanent health benefits – a long-term disability plan in respect of which American Airlines had an insurance policy with Legal &…

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July 10, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

Is it discriminatory not to pay male employees enhanced shared parental pay of an amount equivalent to the enhanced maternity pay which an employer has made available to its female employees?

Is it discriminatory not to pay male employees enhanced shared parental pay of an amount equivalent to the enhanced maternity pay which an employer has made available to its female employees?

No, held the Court of Appeal in two recent separate cases – Ali v Capita Customer Management and Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police. When the Shared Parental Leave Scheme was introduced in 2015 there was much debate about whether employers who paid enhanced maternity pay would be obliged to match those benefits for anyone taking…

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July 10, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

Workplace surveillance: what you need to know

Workplace surveillance: what you need to know

No one wants to feel that they are not trusted or that they are being watched. While the relationship between an employer and employee is intended to be one based upon mutual trust and confidence, the digitisation of the workplace has brought a whole host of new ways for employers to monitor their employees. Why…

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July 10, 2019
Posted in Employment Law Update

North London employment lawyer gives her five top tips for dealing with smartphones in the workplace

North London employment lawyer gives her five top tips for dealing with smartphones in the workplace

A North London-based employment lawyer has given her five top tips for dealing with the use of smartphones in the workplace. Hayley Trovato, a Senior Associate Solicitor at Finchley-based OGR Stock Denton LLP, commented after the Prospect union said that an increasingly wide range of employers are asking employees to hand over their smartphones before…

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July 9, 2019
Posted in Press Releases

North London firm welcome accountants to their offices for a seminar on Wills, Trusts and Probate

North London firm welcome accountants to their offices for a seminar on Wills, Trusts and Probate

Our private client team welcomed a number of accountants to a seminar on Wills, Trusts and Probate this week. The seminar heard from members of the team on topics including the importance of proper Will drafting, inheritance issues for cohabiting couples, different forms of trusts and when they can be used and Capital Gains Tax…

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July 5, 2019
Posted in Latest News, Press Releases