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Jul
28
2017

Not so happy returns! ECJ decide Italian firms can dismiss zero-hour contract workers on their 25th birthday.

Italian law allows firms to offer ‘on call’ contracts (referred to as zero hour contracts in the UK) to individuals aged under 25 and over 45, those between 25 and..

Jun
16
2017

Non-compete clauses: timing is everything

In Egon Zehnder Ltd v Mary Caroline Tilman, the High Court upheld a restrictive covenant finding that it went no further than reasonably necessary in protecting the employer’s legitimate business..

Jun
09
2017

Territorial Jurisdiction: an objective test

In the recent case of Green v SIG Trading Ltd, the EAT held that the question of whether an employee has a sufficiently strong connection to the UK (to give..

Oct
06
2016

In Recruitment, Your Word Is Your Bond

In McCann v Snozone Ltd, a verbal offer of employment made via a recruitment agency was sufficient to create a legally binding agreement between the individual and the employer, the..

Oct
06
2016

Is the ‘gig’ up for Britain’s self-employed delivery workers?

Long gone are the days when the postman delivered every parcel. Nowadays, we don’t bat an eyelid when the person knocking at the door is a courier in an unfamiliar..

Aug
05
2016

Driving Uber to the Tribunal

Uber has recently been in the London employment tribunal following two of its drivers bringing claims against the company for not offering national minimum wage, lunch breaks, holiday pay and..

Jun
01
2016

Contractual variations: to write or not to write?

In the recent case of Globe Motors Inc v TRW Lucas Variety Electric Steering Ltd, the Court of Appeal held that a contractual clause requiring variations to be in writing..

May
05
2016

Restrictive covenants...are they restricting more than just former employees?

As part of its new Innovation Plan, the Government has asked businesses across the UK for their views on whether ‘non compete clauses’ in employment contracts are obstructing the UK’s..

Apr
21
2016

Handy hints from the Court of Appeal on the contractual nature of staff handbooks

The Court of Appeal has recently upheld the High Court’s decision that particular provisions in a staff handbook had been incorporated into an employee’s contract of employment...

Apr
07
2016

Payments to ex-employee during restrictive covenant period made no difference to enforceability

The recent case of Bartholomews Agri Food v Thornton has provided some useful guidance to employers who wish to rely on restrictive covenants when an employee leaves. Restrictive covenants (for..



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