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Sentencing Council review publishes new guidance on health and safety offences

by Direct 2 Lawyers November 20, 2014 Employment Law

A Sentencing Council review has proposed that much tougher sentences for breaches of health and safety could be handed down. The Sentencing Council, which has no legislative powers itself, has recommended that tougher sentences be given for corporate manslaughter offences and that greater fines should be imposed on businesses where health and safety offences result in […]

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NHS under fire over redundancy payments

by Direct 2 Lawyers August 26, 2013 Redundancy

The NHS came under fire over the weekend over the nature of redundancy payments it has made to executives in the past year, as it was revealed by the Department of Health it had spent more than £1 billion on redundancy payouts ove r the last 3 years. The Department of Health released its annual […]

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“Offensive” Claimant loses Employment Tribunal claim

by Direct 2 Lawyers August 20, 2013 Law

A Claimant branded “offensive” by an Employment Judge has had his case struck out by the Employment Tribunal after his behaviour in court. Anthony Adenaike issued a claim for unfair dismissal and race discrimination against Paddy Power (on-line) Ltd earlier this year and it came to a hearing last month in the Employment Tribunal. Mr […]

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Care worker injured in fall on icy path wins court battle

by Direct 2 Lawyers August 13, 2013 Accident Claims Law

A carer who sustained physical injuries after slipping on ice in front of a client’s home has won her legal battle against her employer for compensation. Ms Tracey Kennedy, 43, worked as a carer for Cordia in Glasgow when the accident happened in December 2010. On 18 December Ms Kennedey left her home with another […]

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Carl Mills convicted of murder in the Crown Court

by Direct 2 Lawyers July 18, 2013 Criminal Law

The CPS and The Independent have reported that a violent alcoholic who torched his girlfriend’s home has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years after being found guilty of three counts of murder. Mr Carl Mills, 28, bombarded his girlfriend, Kayleigh Buckley, 17, with text messages and threatened to “burn your house down” as […]

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How do I get a compromise agreement?

by Direct 2 Lawyers May 7, 2013 Compromise Agreements

This post takes a brief look at compromise agreements in employment law and, specifically, how you may be able to negotiate with your employer for/on the compromise agreement. It looks at the following issues: What is a compromise agreement? How can I get a compromise agreement? Do I need a solicitor for my compromise agreement? […]

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Compensation in discrimination cases under the Equality Act 2010

by Direct 2 Lawyers April 4, 2013 Employment Law

We’ll take a look in this post at discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal and the compensation that is normally awarded in such cases. In doing so, we’ll examine the following issues: What is a claim for discrimination? What types of compensation can be awarded in a claim for discrimination? What awards are normally made […]

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5 tips for employers on how to protect your intellectual property

by Direct 2 Lawyers March 24, 2013 Employment Law

In this post we’re going to take a look at how employers can seek to protect their commercial interests in the intellectual property that is produced in the course of employment. If a business fails to protect or exploit intellectual property then this can lead to potential losses (including loss of potential profits) in the […]

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Bagpipe instructor fails in Employment Tribunal claim because he was self-employed

by Direct 2 Lawyers March 12, 2013 Employment Law

A former bagpipe instructor at a Perth independent school has had his claims rejected by the Employment Tribunal. Mr Gordon Rogers commenced employment with Craigclowan, an independent fee-paying preparatory school for students up to the age of 13, in 1996 after being invited by its then-headmaster to work part-time as a “piping instructor” at the […]

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Financial adviser makes Employment Tribunal claim after allegations of bullying

by Direct 2 Lawyers February 27, 2013 Employment Law

The Worcester News reports that a former financial adviser at Santander has made an Employment Tribunal claim after he alleged he was bullied and harassed at work. Mr Andrew Johnson worked for Santander in Droitwich until his resignation last year. He resigned after he claims that he raised grievances relating to bullying by one of […]

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Corporate director at Tower Hamlets Council settles discrimination claim for “£100,000”

by Direct 2 Lawyers January 30, 2013 Employment Law

The East London Advertiser reports that a discrimination claim brought against Tower Hamlets council by one of its most senior staff members has been settled for (reportedly) £100,000 after the claim was withdrawn and dismissed. Mr Aman Dalvi, corporate director for development and renewal services at Tower Hamlets council, brought the discrimination claim against his […]

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Taking advice if you’re accused of a financial crime

by Direct 2 Lawyers January 17, 2013 Criminal Law

If you’ve been accused of a financial crime then you could be in very big trouble – this could lead to you losing your job and your freedom, even if you’re not convicted of the crime. It’s therefore extremely important to understand what you’re being accused of, what the potential penalties are, whether you’re potentially […]

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Can I propose a compromise agreement to my employer?

by Direct 2 Lawyers January 9, 2013 Compromise Agreements

If you’ve recently experienced problems at work and believe that it won’t be possible to continue your employment with your current employer then you may want to resign from your job or negotiate a mutual termination of your contract. In the majority of such circumstances employees are will want to safeguard any payments that they’re […]

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Grievances and time limits in the Employment Tribunal

by Direct 2 Lawyers December 19, 2012 Employment Law

As the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision of Croker v Surrey County Council [2012] UKEAT 0358/11/JOJ makes explicitly clear, employees often fall into difficulties when it comes to the calculation of their Employment Tribunal “limitation date” if they have an ongoing grievance with their employer. When the limitation date falls depends, to a great extent, […]

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Do I have to sign a compromise agreement?

by Direct 2 Lawyers December 3, 2012 Compromise Agreements

If you’ve been offered a compromise agreement then you’ll need to get specialist legal advice from an independent relevant legal adviser (such as a compromise agreement solicitor). If you don’t then the compromise agreement will not be valid. However, you will probably want to (and it’s certainly a good idea to) educate yourself on what […]

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Tribunal statistics for 2011-12 out

by Direct 2 Lawyers November 20, 2012 Employment Law

The Employment Tribunal statistics that cover April 2011 to March 2012 were released earlier this year. This post will give a flavour of what those statistics show and how the Employment Tribunal has been faring in the statistics for the past twelve months. We’ll do so by examining: The overall picture Unfair dismissal claims Discrimination […]

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Proving disability in a discrimination claim

by Direct 2 Lawyers November 12, 2012 Disability Discrimination

If you’ve submitted a disability discrimination claim to the Employment Tribunal then, in order to succeed, you will need to show that you’re disabled. This may seem like a trite statement but it is one of the most important ‘hurdles’ to clear in a discrimination claim. Sometimes the Respondent will accept that you have a […]

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How can a compromise agreement go wrong?

by Direct 2 Lawyers October 31, 2012 Compromise Agreements

If you’ve entered into a compromise agreement or have been offered a compromise agreement then you’ll naturally be concerned with not only maximizing the “upside” of your compromise agreement (i.e. increasing the compensation to you) but also with minimizing the “downside” to the agreement (i.e. preventing the compromise agreement from being disadvantageous to you). This […]

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Preparing for a disciplinary hearing – common pitfalls

by Direct 2 Lawyers October 26, 2012 Employment Law

If you’ve been invited to a disciplinary hearing then you will want to prepare as thoroughly as you can for the hearing – after all, a negative outcome from the disciplinary hearing can have serious adverse effects on your career prospects. You could, in the worst case scenario, end up losing your job. This post […]

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The hazards of compromise agreements – what employees should be aware of

by Direct 2 Lawyers October 3, 2012 Business Law

If you’re considering entering into a compromise agreement this will waive your rights to any unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal or discrimination claim you may have (among other claims). You’ve therefore got to be careful about not undervaluing any agreement and should obtain the best legal advice possible in the circumstances. If you’re entering into a […]

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Writing a letter resigning from your job – 6 key tips for employees

by Direct 2 Lawyers September 20, 2012 Employment Law

If you’re thinking about resigning from your job then it can be a confusing and stressful time for you, depending on the reason that you’re resigning. If you’re resigning from your job because, for example, you’re being bullied or harassed then you’ll want to inform your employer of your resignation in a manner that clearly […]

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How to submit a claim for constructive dismissal

by Direct 2 Lawyers September 10, 2012 Employment Law

If you think that you’ve got a claim for constructive dismissal then you’ve got two choices as to how you can proceed. You can either: Instruct an unfair dismissal solicitor; or Submit and undertake your claim yourself There are advantages and disadvantages to both instructing a solicitor and undertaking the claim yourself but we’re not […]

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