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27
Nov 2015

Employer’s guide to Christmas

The festive season can bring about potential issues and problems for employers with increased work related activities and alcohol induced disputes. This short guide provides some simple guidance for employers during the Christmas period. Christmas Party Whether to hold a Christmas party can be a difficult decision for employers. A Christmas party can be a…

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27
Nov 2015

Treatment of employees in ‘truly parallel circumstances’

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has clarified previous guidance relating to cases where employees involved in similar acts of misconduct are treated differently by employers; most commonly where one employee is dismissed and the other is not.  It has been confirmed that the relevant question is still whether the employer has acted reasonably towards the employee who has been dismissed irrespective of what…

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27
Nov 2015

Part time worker holiday recalculation

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that when a worker increases their working hours, any annual leave which has already been accrued does not need to be recalculated retrospectively to take into account the increased hours. The case does differ in relation to future leave entitlement, which should be recalculated to reflect the increase in working hours. The law covering annual leave…

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26
Nov 2015

What must you disclose when divorcing?

Family Law has once again been in the press recently with the Supreme Court giving two unanimous judgements reiterating the need for couples to give full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances when divorcing.  In the cases of Sharland and Gohil it transpired that the husbands had not provided the full details of the financial…

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25
Nov 2015

Sepsis kills thousands of people each year due to basic failings in hospital care

Sepsis, known as the ‘silent killer’ affects around 200,000 people each year in the UK and kills 37,000. It is the leading cause of avoidable death in the UK. The condition usually occurs when a bacterial infection brings on an extreme immune response which makes the body attack its own organs. Early signs, which are…

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25
Nov 2015

Higher risk of death or injury for babies born at weekends

According to research undertaken by Imperial College London, babies born in hospitals at the weekend in England have a “significantly” higher risk of dying or incurring brain damage than those born on weekdays. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, of 1.3 million births, found that there were 7.1 deaths out of 1,000 babies…

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