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Employment Matters – October 2011

Welcome to the October 2011 edition

Hello again from Clarke Willmott LLP’s Employment and HR Consultancy team and welcome to another edition of Employment Matters.

Whilst the England rugby team’s hopes of winning this year’s Rugby World Cup are well and truly over, we all know that life keeps going (including employment law!), so this month we are providing you with an update on some recent cases including why there is no more hiding behind employment contracts and what needs to be considered when an employee is off sick but has a second job that they are still able to do.

As well as that, we answer some frequently asked questions regarding breaks at work and discuss the recent Government announcements that are intended to reduce the number of employment tribunal claims and boost the economy.

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This month’s edition includes:

No more hiding behind employment contracts

With the recent news that the Supreme Court has clarified that a written contract which specifically refers to an individual as being a contractor may be disregarded if the written contract does not reflect the reality of the agreement between the parties, we look at what the risk is for employers and what can be done about this…

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Two jobs, too hasty?

In a recent case, it was found that an employee on sick leave from one job was unfairly dismissed when she carried on with a second part time job without permission from the first employer. So what does this mean for employers where some of their employees have two jobs?

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Have a break…

Orson Welles once said, “Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what’s for lunch”, so this month we answer some frequently asked questions regarding breaks at work…

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A boost for the economy… and a bonus for employers?

The Government announced two important changes this month, which are intended to reduce the number of employment tribunal claims and boost the economy. So if this is music to your ears, read on…

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And finally…

We share with you a few of the UK’s strangest laws…

  • All men over the age of 14 must carry out two hours of longbow practice a day
  • London Hackney Carriages (taxis / cabs) must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats
  • A bed must not be hung out of a window

Thought for the month

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming”
– Richard Branson