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    The Role of HR in Investigations

    by Philomena Price | Aug 22, 2016 |
    HR departments are routinely involved in disciplinary investigations, and the recent EAT case of Dronsfield v University of Reading UKEAT/0200/15 is a further reminder that HR should limit their advice to questions of law, procedure and process and avoid straying into areas of culpability. Significant influence by HR in the outcome of an investigation could potentially compromise the fairness of the investigation process and result in an unfair dismissal.
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    Employment Tribunals Online Database Announced from Autumn 2016

    by Philomena Price | Aug 17, 2016 |
    The HM Courts and Tribunal Service are going to introduce a new online database of employment tribunal decisions. This new database will be available to all to search on the internet. It will include judgments from England, Wales and Scotland and will initially only cover new judgments. A decision has not yet been made on converting existing judgments to be made available.
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    How Will Brexit Affect Debt Recovery in the UK?

    by | Aug 16, 2016 |
    We are currently still in a lot of unknown territory; so how will our exit from the EU affect Debts here in the UK, in Europe and in other countries?
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    Injunctions - What, How and When?

    by Patrick Mulcare | Aug 16, 2016 |
    There may be times, either at the outset of a case or during the course of proceedings, when urgent action is required and it may be appropriate to apply to Court for an injunction. Where there are domestic violence, abuse or harassment issues, it may be necessary to pursue a Non-Molestation Order requiring that behaviour to stop.
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    General Data Protection Regulation to Apply from May 2018

    by Philomena Price | Aug 09, 2016 |
    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the current Data Protection Directive on which the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is based and apply in all member states from 25 May 2018.
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    To Sue Or Not To Sue? Part 5

    by Pete Gardner | Aug 02, 2016 |
    So, dear friends, I come to the fifth and final article in this amazing series which looks at what you can do to try to extract money from a stubborn business debtor.
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    Beware the Competition!

    by Catherine O’Riordan | Jul 28, 2016 |
    The Competition and Markets authority (CMA) is the body responsible for enforcement of competition law in the UK. In recent years the CMA has paid particular attention to anti-competitive behaviour in the area of online sales.
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    Brexit and Employment Law

    by Carol Shaw | Jul 27, 2016 |
    Much has been made in the media about Brexit and the changes this will mean for employers. However change is a constant for both employers and employment lawyers, whether we are in Europe or not. It will take some time, nobody knows how long, for this country to extricate itself from its membership of the European Union. During this time we are still bound by the treaty provisions and I do not anticipate any immediate changes to employment law due to Brexit. Further, although there may be some tinkering around the edges, I do not see any future radical changes to the employment rights for employees as a result of Brexit.
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    Protecting Consumer Pre-Payments When Retailers Go Under

    by Petra van Dijk | Jul 26, 2016 |
    What can happen if your prepayment is lost is demonstrated by the recent administration of budget tour operator Lowcostholidays. The company’s administration left customers already abroad at risk of being asked by hotel owners to settle their bills before leaving and meant that other customers lost deposits paid for holidays which will now, sadly, not take place.
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    Can Settlement Discussions with Employees be Used in Subsequent Tribunal Proceedings?

    by Carol Shaw | Jul 26, 2016 |
    In the case of Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP (a surveyors’ practice) and Mrs S Bailey (an office secretary) the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered the admissibility of some without prejudice discussions that took place when the employer and employee were in a dispute over whether the secretary’s part-time hours could continue.
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