Legal Updates

Stop press: Zero-hours guidance for employers


The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published new guidance for employers on the use of zero-hours contracts.

Workplace transport - the costs of getting it wrong


We are regularly involved in cases that involving failures to manage work place transport. It is the third highest cause workplace fatalities and accidents.

Construction insolvency and the Rugby World Cup 2015


It has been reported that a sub-contractor is planning to sneak into the Olympic Stadium to disable the retractable seating system it installed

Motor Matters - Birketts’ summer motor dealer forums on ‘operating under the new FCA regime’


In June we held our two forums, the first at Milsoms in Essex and the second at our own Norwich offices – with the balcony open for full enjoyment of the river views, the rest of our offices remain jealous!

Motor Matters - The new ‘short term right to reject’


The Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force on 1 October 2015.

Motor Matters - Business rates - one lump or two?


While we await the outcome of the new Government’s ‘comprehensive review’ of the business rates system, businesses themselves continue to wrestle with the inconsistencies and inadequacies of the current regime.

Motor Matters - FCA rules, HR policies and employee training


With dealers concentrating on the adoption of new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules you may be forgiven for not considering how those new rules may impact on your human resources policies and practices and indeed the conduct of employees.

Motor Matters - Motor finance – a world of change


20 years ago the motor retail sector really started to see a push on a new type of finance: personal contract purchase (PCP).

Smoking in private cars banned from 1 October 2015


Alongside changes to the sale of e-cigarettes and tobacco, new rules are coming into force on 1 October 2015

Employment Law - Quick fire!


National minimum/living wage, Acas recruitment guidance, the availability of employee referrals and the published Enterprise Bill are all covered in this month's quick fire updates.

Immigration Update - September 2015


In this month's update we cover the restricted Certificates of Sponsorship, Tier 2 salary thresholds, a review of Tier 2, the construction sector, prevention of illegal working, a reminder for English language tests and the decline in Tier 1 Investor visas.

Employment Law Update - Travelling to and from work counts as ‘Working Time’


The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has handed down its decision in the case of Federacion de Servicios Privados del Sindicato Comisiones Oberas v Tyco Integrated Secutory SL.

Employment Law Update - Employee refused choice of companion


The High Court has held that a refusal to allow an employee’s chosen companion at a disciplinary investigation meeting was a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence.

Employment Law Update - TUPE: absent employee was not ‘assigned’


The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided that an employee on long-term sickness absence was not assigned to an organised grouping of employees and therefore did not transfer under TUPE.

Employment Law Update - Challenge to tribunal fees rejected (again)


The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in Unison’s legal challenge to the introduction of employment tribunal fees by the Government in July 2013.

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