what is normal?

Guarantee payments are fairly rarely encountered in practice, but in times of economic hardship they are likely to be encountered more frequently. Abercrombie & Others v AGA Rangemaster Ltd is, according to the Court itself, probably the first case of its kind to reach the Court of Appeal. Guarantee payments are payments that an employer…

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we are above the law – or are we?

Under the State Immunity Act 1978 (“the SIA”), sovereign states are not generally subject to the jurisdiction of UK courts and tribunals. The point is well demonstrated by the extraordinary extent to which the London Congestion Charge is ignored by diplomats. Disputes relating to contracts of employment, and related statutory rights, are carved out from…

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calculating a week’s pay?

Toni & Guys (St Paul’s) Ltd v Georgiou looks at the proper calculation of a week’s pay for the purposes of both the basic and compensatory awards following a finding of unfair dismissal and addresses the impact of the employer’s conduct on compensation. The familiar hairdressing brand operates its business on a franchised basis. In…

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discrimination, appeals and returning to work after maternity leave

A Ms Little joined Richmond Pharmacology in 2006 as an evening receptionist. In 2009 she was promoted to the post of full-time sales executive. Richmond operates in a highly competitive marketplace, relying on personal contacts and dealing with the running of pharmaceutical trials. In September 2009 Ms Little went on maternity leave prior to the…

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