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Can I be made redundant on maternity or sick leave?

What happens if, during an employee’s absence on maternity leave, an employer discovers that an employee had not been doing the work they should have been doing or, alternatively, finds that their maternity cover replacement is much better at the job?

How “cool” are you about offering a cooling-off period to your customers?

A consumer is a person who purchases goods, services or digital content for their personal use and not as part of their business, profession, trade or craft. Law considers consumers to be in a weaker bargaining position in relation to traders and therefore offers them broader protections in an effort to bring balance to the trader-consumer relationship.

Suspending an employee: what do you need to know?

It is a practice of many employers to suspend employees who they suspect have committed an act of gross or serious misconduct. However, many employers are unaware that by suspending an employee they may be exposing themselves to claims for constructive unfair dismissal.

BBC breakfast bulletin: The right to be forgotten

One of the lead stories on BBC 1 Breakfast this morning was about the overhaul of UK data protection laws. British citizens will soon have more rights to control what is done with personal information about them. The UK data protection watchdog is also to get new powers and will be able to levy higher fines.

10 things you should know about holiday pay

Holiday pay legislation is a hot topic for many and as businesses and workers start planning leave for the summer holidays, it is essential to know the basics of holiday rights in employment. Here are 10 key facts which you should know.

Should you grant an extension of time?

During the life of a Court dispute, it is often the case that parties will be asked to grant an extension or will be seeking an extension of time to take a particular step. What should you do?

Sleep-in workers – is a person working simply by being present?

A hot topic within the employment sector is the question of whether ‘sleeping time’ should be classed as ‘working time’ for the purpose of National Minimum Wage Regulations (NMWR). The aim of this deliberation is to determine whether employees should be paid for hours spent sleeping whilst technically being ‘at work’. Many would declare that their dream job would be getting paid to sleep, but is there a valid argument to support this?

Care Home contracts

The law provides greater protection for consumers when they enter into contracts with businesses than it does when businesses contract with other businesses. Residential care home clients are invariably “customers” and not businesses. So these additional protections need to be kept in mind when drafting and preparing the contractual terms which are to govern the relationship between the residential care home and its residents.

The Taylor Review: is it time to change the definition of ‘worker’?

A nine month review into the world of work has been announced, which will hope to set out new employment rights for workers in the gig economy. Tony Blair’s former policy chief, Matthew Taylor, has called on the Government to close a legal loophole which allows agencies such as Uber and Deliveroo to pay gig economy workers less than direct employees doing the same jobs.

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