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A change is as good as a rest

Meredith Hurst Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Well it is if you're a security guard at any rate. In the case ofHughes v The Corps of Commissionaires Management Ltdthe firm's David Gray-Jones appeared in the Court of Appeal. He represented the claimant and requested the court to consider the minimum permissible rest requirements between periods of work and the requirement for breaks during the course of working hours. Unlike most workers Mr Hughes was not able to take uninterrupted rest breaks. His job duties required him to be...

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So you've resigned, right?

Meredith Hurst Thursday, September 22, 2011

Can an employee 'dismiss' himself, if he fails to respond to a letter stating that he will be regarded as having resigned unless he contacts his employer? The short answer is usually 'no' but then it is not always clear cut. This is something that we are sometimes asked to advise upon by employers and it is better to exercise a cautious approach than make assumptions about the employee's status. In the case ofZulhayir v JJ Food Services Ltd,the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a...

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A Compromising Position?

Meredith Hurst Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In the current economic climate compromise agreements are a familiar feature of the employment landscape. ThomasMansfield Employment Law Solicitors regularly advise both employers and employees as to the terms and effect of compromise agreements but what are they? Compromise agreements are written agreements that provide an effective means of drawing a line under employment disputes and preventing employment tribunal proceedings and other legal action. For employers this can be attractive...

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Riots: employment issues arising

Meredith Hurst Friday, August 12, 2011

In a week that has seen public disorder across the country, many employers will be reeling as the after-effects take hold.  Many employers (particularly in the retail sector) will face repairing damaged premises and employees will have faced disruption to public transport services.  Some employers may even have have to understand how to deal with employees who have been involved in the riots themselves. As I sat in the office on Tuesday evening I could hear the...

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The rights of agency workers

Meredith Hurst Friday, July 8, 2011

The second half of 2011 looks likely to be the calm before the storm in terms of employment law legislation; the government will focus on reviewing and consulting on which areas require change, rather than bringing new legislation into force.  However, the much anticipated Agency Worker Regulations 2010 come into force on 1 October 2011. These provide a significant improvement in the employment rights of agency workers. The regulations cover agency workers supplied by a temporary...

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