The dangers of using Whatsapp for work purposes

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WhatsApp, the instant messaging app used by circa 1.9 billion people (according to Statista, July 2017), is in my opinion, the next best chat invention since MSN. With 58% of global users logging on more than once a day, the uses of the chat app are beginning to be recognised in the workplace. With WhatsApp […]

13/10/2017 by MrFinch

Paralegal wins employment tribunal claim for £14,000 bonus from personal injury firm

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A paralegal employed by a personal injury firm under an oral contract was entitled to a bonus payment worth almost £14,000, an employment tribunal has ruled. Judge Wyeth said Ersan & Co Solicitors, based in North London, could not unilaterally vary a contract with Cemal Yucetas that entitled him to up to 10% of profit […]

09/10/2017 by MrFinch

Sex discrimination: female chef excluded from working at all-male barbecue

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An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a private event on the basis of her gender. Stephen Simpson rounds up recent first-instance tribunal judgments. Withdrawal of offer to female chef of paid extra work at all-male event In Ndebele v A Bubble Company […]

09/10/2017 by MrFinch

Lawyers? Small businesses still prefer advice from accountants

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Lawyers are still failing to persuade the small business community they are anything but a risk, the Conservative Party conference has heard. Martin McTague, policy director for the Federation of Small Businesses, said most of his members would prefer to fall back on self-help, advice from friends or even an accountant for legal support, rather […]

04/10/2017 by MrFinch

Price transparency proposals ‘encouraging’ says super regulator

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Regulators’ action plans for legal practitioners to publish prices up-front provide a ‘sufficient starting point’ to meeting demands for pricing transparency in legal services, the super regulator said today. The Legal Service Board said its assessment of plans published in response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) legal service market study suggests that regulators […]

03/10/2017 by MrFinch

Hugh Hefner’s little-known lesson for HR

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Hugh Hefner, who died at the age of 91 on Wednesday, lived a life that made media headlines – in two ways. He was the proprietor of Playboy Magazine and his lifestyle attracted the gaze of red-carpet reporters as well hacks who thought something else was up. However, during his early years, Hugh Hefner had […]

02/10/2017 by MrFinch

Addison Lee wrongly classed drivers as self-employed, tribunal rules

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Verdict in test case brought by three drivers against minicab firm could lead to wave of claims for unpaid wages and holiday pay Drivers for London-based minicab company Addison Lee could be owed wages and holiday pay after an employment tribunal test case found that some had been wrongly classed as self-employed. The tribunal in […]

02/10/2017 by MrFinch

MP urges rethink on employment tribunal time constraints

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Employment tribunal judges should be allowed more leeway to hear disputes that are brought outside of the time limit for bringing a claim, an MP has suggested. Conservative Mike Penning will use an adjournment debate in parliament today to call for more ‘autonomy’ for judges when they decide whether or not to hear a case. […]

14/09/2017 by MrFinch

Aldi Stores fined £1m for worker’s severe injuries

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Aldi Stores Ltd have been fined £1 million and ordered to pay £70,000 in cost after a delivery driver who had only worked for the firm for two weeks suffered severe injuries to his foot while operating an electric pallet truck at one of its stores. In a prosecution brought by Amber Valley Borough Council, […]

12/09/2017 by MrFinch

A slap in the face with a wet squid: the weird world of workplace punishments

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It is described, perversely, as a team-building exercise; it is reported that, as a forfeit for missing their weekly sales targets, staff at Central Claims Group – a call centre – in Bury are made to lie down on the floor while a good-sized squid is placed, or dropped, on their faces. It could be […]

12/09/2017 by MrFinch