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Staff Pregnancies – Don’t Let Frustration Lead You into Discrimination!

Staff pregnancies can be disruptive, particularly for small businesses, but it is vital that employers do not allow their decision-making to become infected by discrimination. In one case, a hair stylist who was dismissed after she took time off, suffering from morning sickness, won the right to substantial compensation. The stylist was a trusted and senior...

Pub Must Close After Restrictive Covenant Declared Pointless

Covenants that restrict the use of land can be discharged or modified if they have ceased to serve a useful purpose and are of no real benefit to local people. In one case that proved this point, the Upper Tribunal (UT) opened the way for the conversion of a hotel and pub into a convenience store. The pub’s title deeds contained a restrictive covenant, dated...

Oral Agreements – Do You Even Know Who You Are Contracting With?

One of the many drawbacks of oral agreements is that the status, and even the identity, of the contracting parties can be left in doubt. One High Court case involving a substantial waste removal contract underlined how very important it is to employ a professional to put such agreements in writing. A group of companies that provided waste removal, haulage and...

Acas Advice for Employers on Coping in High Temperatures

On the whole, we are not accustomed in the UK to long periods of hot weather, so when high temperatures do occur employers may not be prepared to deal with situations that arise as a result. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has guidance for employers on this topic. This includes information on employers’ health and safety...

Office Worker’s Mild Visual Impairment ‘Not A Disability’

The definition of ‘disability’ has been the subject of much legal debate ever since the Equality Act 2010 came into force. However, an Employment Tribunal (ET) has shed some much-needed light on the issue in a case concerning a visually impaired office worker. The woman had worn spectacles since childhood and her eyesight had deteriorated with age. She had...

High Court Takes Lynchpin Role in $500 Million Arbitration Enforcement

Worldwide cooperation between states in the enforcement of arbitration awards is an essential part of modern international commerce. However, as one High Court case showed, it is vital to maintain consistency of judicial decision-making across national borders. An arbitration panel in Sweden had awarded damages in excess of $500 million to a consortium of...