DLA Piper - Labor and Employment practice

Hearing date set for important holiday pay calculation cases

Kate Hodgkiss, Partner in our Edinburgh office, comments: The EAT has now listed the cases of Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton and Neal v Freightliner Ltd to be heard on 30 and 31 July 2014. The EAT’s findings will determine whether…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Franchisor Liability For Franchisee Employees: Damn Weasels

Weasel words, not epithets for employees with legal claims, are the problem. “…[C]ourts have been nearly uniform in holding that a franchisor should not be deemed to be an ‘employer’ … when plaintiff works for an independently…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

Doing Penance For The Sins of Your Supply Chain

Historians later will benchmark April 2013’s Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh as the beginning. This accident triggered global attention to supply chains, especially those supplying brand-names. With global trade unions…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Shared parental leave: draft regulations published

Vinita Arora, a partner in our London office, comments: the Government has published draft regulations which will implement a new system of shared parental leave to supplement the current maternity, adoption and paternity leave…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Court of Appeal confirms post-termination victimisation is unlawful

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that post-termination victimisation is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010. Its decision brings welcome clarification to this issue following the conflicting decisions of the EAT in the cases of…more

| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Upcoming changes to employment law

Ben Gorner, a partner in our Birmingham office, comments: In recent weeks the Government has announced a number of key changes to employment law which will be coming into force in the next few months…more

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The A, B, C’s of EEOC

You’ve found yourself in an EEOC mediation, with a charge that should not be particularly worrisome. But now, your supposedly neutral mediator is shaking his head and reporting that you can almost certainly expect to be sued by…more

| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Rights, Labor & Employment...

You’re Known By The Company You Keep: Leased Employees

All too often, business executives assume that “leased employees” (i.e., workers hired through a professional employee organization; through a temp agency or labor broker; or provided by a contractor but performing on premises…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Employee Handbooks (1971 – 2014): R.I.P.

It is time to inter handbooks. Yours is undoubtedly an unfair labor practice waiting to happen: if not your social media policy, then your at-will disclaimer; if not those, then your off-duty access rule or your arbitration…more

| Labor & Employment Law

LinkedIn: Protecting confidential information

Lisa Hodgson, an Associate in our Birmingham office, comments: Social media is becoming an increasingly common business tool as it is easy to use, free and effective. Many of our clients, particularly in professional services…more

| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law,...

Woolworths redundancy appeal referred to ECJ

Alan Chalmers, a Partner in our Sheffield office comments: the Court of Appeal decided yesterday to make a reference to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the controversial Woolworths/Ethel Austin collective redundancy…more

| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade

WHO DAT?

When there is news of faith-based groups, student associations, worker centers, and other community organizations confronting employers, the appropriate response may be to borrow a classic New Orleans line: who dat? Close…more

| Labor & Employment Law

New TUPE regulations published

Clare Gregory, a Partner in our Sheffield office, comments: With just over a fortnight to go until they come into force, the Government has now made, and published, the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Successor Liability For Employment-Related Claims: A Pain In The Assets

There is a myth that buyers are protected from employment liabilities arising under prior ownership if there is a broad disclaimer and if it is an asset purchase. Not so. Sure, the “general rule” is that a purchaser of another…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Mergers &...

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