WorkLife entries posted during April 2014

Spring cleaning: time for a policy update?

Spring cleaning: time for a policy update?

It has been a busy month (and for many the end of the financial year), but as we pause to take breath at the end of it and with finances still in mind, here is a recap of some of the changes to the current rates and limits in employment law (as of 6 April 2014)

Hands tied?

Hands tied?

In recent weeks there seems to have been a flurry of high profile departures. Examples can be seen in a wide variety of fields from sport (David Moyes) to politics (Maria Miller).  These departures have all to a greater or lesser degree been influenced by third party factors and remind me of the question: to what extent can an employer rely on external pressures to justify dismissing one of its own employees?

"No one to blame but yourself" – Service of proceedings on company directors

"No one to blame but yourself" – Service of proceedings on company directors

In Key Homes Bradford Ltd and Others v Patel [2014] EWHC B1(Ch) the Court provided new guidance about where proceedings can be served on company directors and company secretaries. The judgment has important implications for prospective claimants in litigation and for company officers, particularly those who are resident outside England and Wales.

Clocking off on the dot

Clocking off on the dot

A debate about our national levels of overworking and comparison with neighbouring countries' allegedly healthier work-life balances has rumbled through the press over the last week, after the announcement in Les Echos of a new French labour agreement precluding business contact out of hours.

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