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Unfair dismissal overturned regarding offensive tweets

Mr Laws (“L”) had worked for Game Retail Limited (“GRL”) for 16 years and was a risk and loss prevention estimator with responsibility for approximately 100 GRL stores in the north of England. L opened a personal Twitter account in early 2012 and began to follow GRL stores who he had responsibility for (each store […]

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Apprentices – Ensure “You’re Hired” means “You’re Training”

Apprenticeships are beneficial for both employers and employees but employers need to be aware of the difference between calling an employee an apprentice and ticking all the boxes to guarantee they are compliant with National Minimum Wage legislation. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) case of The Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs v Jones (t/a […]

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Legally illegal?

Can a person who is working and living in the UK illegally still bring a discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal? The Supreme Court has ruled they can in the case of Hounga v Allen. Ms Hounga was an illegal immigrant who arrived, aged 14 in the UK as a visitor under false documentation and […]

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Restrictive Covenants: Court of Appeal will not rewrite the wrong

The Court of Appeal has upheld the former employee’s appeal in the case of Prophet plc v Christopher Huggett [2014] EWCA Civ 1013. Prophet was engaged in the business of developing, selling and updating computer software for use in the fresh produce industry.  One of its products was ‘Pr3’, a suite of integrated software applications. […]

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No penalty shoot-out for an employer who docked pay

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a clause in an employment contract permitting an employer to deduct a month’s pay when the employee left without working her notice period was not a penalty clause and was enforceable. A contractual clause which sets out in advance the amount of damages that the injured party […]

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Flexible working and its elastic limits

From 30 June employees with at least 26 weeks continuous employment will be able to make a request for flexible working under a revised statutory scheme. Employees feeling an imbalance between work and life may be drafting their written requests right now. But fear not employers! A right to request doesn’t necessarily translate into a […]

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Solid Foundations

When a business starts up, for many owners the first and foremost question is: “Sales, how can we make enough money to exist?”  Sales are the life blood of a business but there is also the important issue of future sustainability and setting the business off on the right path from the start. It’s very […]

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TEAM Members – Spring Clean – Employment Contract Audit

As one of your TEAM Legal Service Providers, HRC Law is offering TEAM Members an exclusive opportunity.  We’ll audit your standard employment contract for FREE. If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, please email: debbienuttall@hrclaw.co.uk by 23 May 2014.  Please title your email FREE TEAM EMP-CON AUDIT.  Please include your contact details in […]

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Restrictive covenants: When words may not be enough (to mean what they say)!

In the recent case of Prophet plc v Christopher Huggett [2014], Prophet plc was engaged in the business of developing, selling, and updating computer software for use in the fresh produce industry. Mr Huggett had been engaged as a sales manager for Prophet and his contract included post-termination restrictions. When he left for a competing […]

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