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Jan 2014

Kit Kat can’t be covered by a Trade Mark

The Intellectual Property Office has decided this year that the share of a Kit Kat is not able to be registered as a trade mark. In 2010 Nestle decided to try and register a 3D trade mark for the shape of their four-fingered Kit Kat bar, a shape which has barely changed since the bar was…

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24
Jan 2014

Tupe reforms in force

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) provides protection to employees and impose obligations on employers where one of two types of transfer arises: There is a transfer of a business or part of a business, where there is an economic entity that retains its identity; There is a service provision change…

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24
Jan 2014

Sunday working and Religious Beliefs

In a recent case before the Court of Appeal (“CofA”) it was considered whether or not the Employment Tribunal (“ET”) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) had properly approached the issue of indirect religious discrimination where a Christian employee had refused to work on Sundays. Mrs Mba, a Christian holding a sabbatarian belief (a belief…

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24
Jan 2014

Management Matters

Each edition Jackie Astbury, our Training Manager, will look at the ‘managerial side of life’ and focus on management development, providing guidance, tips, techniques and practical advice on an assortment of topics including performance management, conflict management, time management and many more. Over the last four editions we have looked at communication, specifically listening, written…

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23
Jan 2014

Safe staffing levels should be extended beyond nursing

MPs say that safe levels of staff ‘should apply to NHS and care sector’ and extended in England beyond numbers of nurses to include doctors and midwives, particularly in Accident & Emergency units, with breaches automatically triggering inspections. The system, which has been generated following the scandal at the Stafford Hospital, will come into force…

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23
Jan 2014

NHS staff morale approaching all-time low

Leading health experts have warned that low staff morale may be affecting care being provided to patients. A combination of government-led criticism of the National Health Service since the Mid-Staffordshire crisis and budget cuts has led to staff morale being so reduced that standards of care are now at risk. NHS staff are now so…

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