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17 September 2019 0 Comments Posted in Brexit, Employment, Employment

British Chamber of Commerce reveals number of businesses still not ready for Brexit

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The latest research from the British Chamber of Commerce shows that UK business are far from prepared for Brexit with as many as two-fifths (41%) having not undertaken a Brexit risk assessment.

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7 February 2019 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

What about the human casualties when a business goes into administration?

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The casualties keep coming in the UK’s stricken high street. Last month, 71 of Patisserie Valerie’s loss-making stores and all its concessions were closed immediately, and though the remaining 122 stores continue to trade while a buyer is found, about 3,000 employees are affected.

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23 November 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Willis Towers Watson executive in $21m pay-off

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An important piece in the Financial Times (22 November 2016), from key insurance journalist Oliver Ralph, again highlights the troublesome issue of senior executive pay in the upper echelons of the City.

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29 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment

Abuse of migrant domestic workers is not race discrimination

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In a case which the Update has followed through its progress up through the courts, Taiwo v Olaigbe and Another is the Supreme Court decision as to whether immigration status is sufficiently associated with nationality to be a protected characteristic. The case concerned the mistreatment of migrant domestic workers on the grounds of their vulnerability due to their precarious immigration status. The Supreme Court held that this did not amount to discrimination on the grounds of nationality.

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23 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment

Expectation or Assumption amounted to a PCP for disability

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In Carreras v United First Partners Research, the EAT has upheld an appeal by a claimant against a Tribunal decision that his reasonable adjustments claim failed because he had not claimed the appropriate provision, criterion or practice which triggered the duty to make reasonable adjustments.

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Liability for References

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In Abdel–Khalek v Ali the High Court has found that a reference given on behalf of a prospective employee contained a negligent misstatement, and this was upheld when the matter went to the Court of Appeal. The matter concerned a reference which was provided on behalf of a consultant ophthalmic surgeon by a colleague, to another hospital trust, which resulted in the job offer being withdrawn after the consultant had initially been offered the post based on other references.

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30 November 2015 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Caroline Doran, Royds partner to speak at seminars on termination payments

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The events, organised in conjunction with accountancy firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, will consider the common misconception that any such payment can be made without deduction of tax, provided that it does not exceed £30,000. Delegates will also be briefed about …

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20 July 2015 0 Comments Posted in Employment, News, Opinion

Invitation to upcoming seminars on Employee status

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“Helping you understand the legal and tax problems of off-payroll workers” Getting status wrong can have expensive repercussions for your organisation’s finances and staff. An individual’s status as an employee (or not) is something that affects issues such as legal …

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29 June 2015 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Bankers seek ways round bonus clawbacks: Caroline Doran comments in the Financial Times

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Caroline Doran, an employment law partner at Royds, has been quoted in a Financial Times’ article on bankers seeking ways to shield themselves from the new draconian rules on remuneration allowing bonuses to be clawed back for up to a decade for senior managers. The FT reported that lawyers have been inundated with questions by bankers about putting assets beyond their employers’ reach after the proposals were announced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). The regulators’ plans will make the UK regime the toughest in the world for bankers.

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18 August 2014 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Threat to abolish the £30,000 tax free for ex-gratia termination payments

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Royds Withy King employment specialist Caroline Doran has warned that negotiated exits could become much more expensive for employers, if the Government removes the £30,000 exemption for termination payments.

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11 August 2014 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Royds Employment Partner Caroline Doran comments in the Financial Times on the recent Investec £6 million bonus case.

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In this bonus claim, Mr Brogden and Mr Reid, 2 Senior Investec traders who launched the profitable Retail Structured Products Unit, alleged they were owed bonuses of £3.6m and £2.7m respectively for the financial year 2010-11.

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29 November 2013 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

IBA lawyers on the run in Boston: An international community bonded in Boston over their love of running; sharing experiences of the Conference, cases and races

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It’s not often you find yourself on a work trip chasing after a group of lawyers clad in glistening lycra –but that was a daily occurrence at the International Bar Association (IBA) annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

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