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Sleepovers and the NMW – clarity at last for the UK care sector

The Court of Appeal handed down its much anticipated judgment on Friday last week in the joined cases of Royal Mencap v Thompson Blake and John Shannon v Jakishan and Prithee Rampersad (t/a Clifton House Residential Home). The decision provides much-needed clarity on whether workers are entitled to the national minimum wage for each hour during … Continue Reading

Reducing UK holiday pay principles to individual contract terms

Here is a new case which you think initially might be quite helpful on the calculation of holiday pay, but which then suddenly veers off into the contractual undergrowth, and actually isn’t.  However, what it does do is administer a sharp lesson about the wisdom of trying to incorporate broad principles into individual employment contracts. … Continue Reading

UK trade union representative unfairly dismissed despite unlawful misuse of confidential information. Really?

Apparently, said the Court of Appeal, the unlawful retention and circulation of confidential material by a union representative “was not a sufficient departure from good industrial relations practice” to justify his dismissal, a conclusion which initially seems little short of perverse, let alone an alarming comment on the state of industrial relations in the UK’s … Continue Reading

Cómo el cambio de gobierno en España podría aumentar los costes para los empleadores (Spain)

Tras una moción de censura en el Congreso español el 1 de junio, España tiene un nuevo Presidente del Gobierno, Pedro Sánchez, y un nuevo gobierno socialista. Si bien aún no se conocen todas las implicaciones de este cambio trascendental, el nuevo Presidente del Gobierno ha declarado que su gobierno: Continuará respetando la estructura y … Continue Reading

“I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world” – dress codes and discrimination (UK)

Re-wind to May 2016 and you may recall the widely-reported story of a receptionist sent home from work without pay for wearing flat shoes in contravention of her agency’s dress code. The incident led to a joint report by the House of Commons Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee, High Heels and Workplace Dress … Continue Reading

Webinar: National Minimum Wage Rises – Why You Should Pay Heed (UK)

The National Minimum Wage rates have increased, bringing new risks for employers. Employers may now find themselves breaching the regulations for something as simple as asking employees to provide an item of uniform, and the penalties for non-compliance can be severe. On 25 June 2018, National Minimum Wage lawyers James Pike and Laura McLellan will be hosting this … Continue Reading

Global Edge launches new Nigeria resource

The Squires international employment law portal continues its growth with the release last week of its Nigeria section. No more desperate internet searches, no more conflicting information or worrying about whether you are getting the whole picture – Global Edge offers you the opportunity to research specific questions or to compare and contrast Nigerian labour … Continue Reading

Global Edge Secures Legal Technology Team Award

Told you it was great! In a whirl of sequins and inappropriate shoes at London’s Grosvenor Hotel on Wednesday night, the Squire Patton Boggs Global Edge product secured the coveted Legal Business UK Award for Legal Technology Team of the year. The Award “recognises the law firms, in-house teams and Chambers that have pushed through … Continue Reading
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