new for October 2014

Over the last few years a tendency has emerged for employment law changes to take place in April and October each year, with the main changes in April. 2014 is no exception but should nonetheless be aware of four changes that come into effect tomorrow, 1 October. Antenatal rights for fathers and partners Under the…

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misbehaviour in the Met – how not to treat an employee

Carol Howard, a Police Constable, has been awarded £37,000 after taking her employer, the Metropolitan Police, to an Employment Tribunal. In its verdict the Tribunal found that PC Howard had been “bullied and victimised” by her boss, because she was black. The tribunal also went further in its condemnation of officers from Scotland Yard, saying…

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don’t rely on a court to fix a “defective” restrictive covenant

It is often said that a court, when considering contractual issues, will overlook drafting errors in order to give effect to what the parties intended and therefore make sense of what would otherwise be contradictory or plainly “wrong”. Indeed there are many High Court judgments which clearly apply that approach. However, it is a dangerous…

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