The BPIF is the principal business support organisation representing the UK print, printed packaging and graphic communication industry and is one of the country's leading trade associations. We are a not-for-profit-distribution organisation.

All BPIF News

Use of PILON scuppers attempt to rely on Boston Deep Sea Fishing case

20 June 2012

Cavenagh v Williams Evans Ltd sheds light on the impact on a clause giving the option to make a payment in lieu of notice ("PILON") when an employer discovers gross misconduct after making a payment in lieu. Mr Cavanagh was managing director of the firm of gunsmiths, Williams Evans Ltd. A restructure meant that no managing director was needed.

more

After the Beecroft brouhaha

20 June 2012

The pace of change never gets any slower in employment law, and we have quite a few consultations and proposals to report. It remains to be seen how many of them will become law, and in what form, but after a couple of well publicised retreats over the budget, and the leaking of the Beecroft Report in advance of its release in slightly different terms, perhaps a considered and thoughtful approach will be taken to them.

more

BPIF AGM and All-Party Parliamentary Print Group Terrace Reception - 11 July 2012

BPIF AGM and All-Party Parliamentary Print Group Terrace Reception - 11 July 2012

28 May 2012

The BPIF AGM will be held at Church House Conference Centre in Westminster on 11 July this year, followed by the annual All-Party Parliamentary Print Group Reception to be held at the House of Lords later the same day. Both events are open to all BPIF members and associate members and are free to attend. For details contact Heena Bulsara on 020 7915 8338 or email heena.bulsara@bpif.org.uk

more

The BPIF host Parliamentary Dinner

23 May 2012

The BPIF recently hosted a Parliamentary Dinner at the House of Commons.

more

Print and Paper supply Chain Conference

23 May 2012

In conjunction with the National Association of Paper Merchants (NAPM) we are holding a national conference on future prospects for the print and paper supply chain in London on 27 September (with a networking dinner the night before). The conference seeks to raise awareness of the implications for both printers and paper suppliers of the Roadmap to 2050 strategy recently published by European papermakers’ body CEPI (see http://www.unfoldthefuture.eu/uploads/CEPI-2050-Roadmap-to-a-low-carbon-bio-economy.pdf ), which confirms that despite demand for graphic paper continuing to fall, paper price pressures will continue as competition for resources increases and the papermaking sector repositions itself as the forest fibre industry at the core of the EU low carbon economy (with plans to achieve 50% more added value on the road to 2050 whilst cutting CO2 emissions by 80%).

more

BPIF attends Ministerial round table discussion on pre-packs

23 May 2012

BPIF was represented at a round-table discussion on pre-packs with BIS Minister Norman Lamb MP on 16 May.
 
Lamb is responsible for the review that the Insolvency Service is conducting in this area, but his remit is to determine the effectiveness of existing controls and what more might be done within the existing regulatory framework to improve confidence and transparency in pre-pack sales.

more

Tribunals have no power to allocate liability between joint respondents

17 May 2012

Brennan & Others v (1) Sunderland City Council (2) GMB (3) Unison is a case arising from somewhat unusual circumstances, but the decision is one of relevance in many more situations.

more

Servant or serf?

17 May 2012

It doesn't seem so long ago that the concept of an automatic transfer of employees under TUPE evoked exclamations of incredulity and disbelief amongst non-lawyers (and some lawyers).

more

Indirect discrimination related to retirement is unlawful age discrimination

17 May 2012

The second age discrimination case of the month, Homer v West Yorkshire Police, concerned a senior police officer who became a legal adviser at the Police National Legal Database after retiring from the police aged 51.

more

Justification for direct age discrimination must be related to the general public interest.

17 May 2012

This month's biggest employment law news stories have to be the Supreme Court's two decisions on age discrimination in Seldon v Clarkson & Jakes and Homer v West Yorkshire Police. Both give useful guidance about how cases on age discrimination will be considered from now on - but both leave questions to be considered further.

more

A FREE MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS REGISTER FOR BPIF MEMBERS

18 April 2012

In the current difficult trading conditions, more and more companies are looking at the possibility of selling, merging or acquiring new businesses. And from our discussions with members, it has become clear that there is a need for a free service that will assist in both speeding up the process and in ensuring that appropriate matches are found.

more

Royal Mail proposes uniform charge for all packet post below 750g

18 April 2012

We have written to the CEO of Royal Mail to protest at their announcement that the lower weight/price bands for packet post are to be abolished in favour of a flat rate of £2.19 up to 750g from April 2012.

more

BPIF criticises Home Office plans to rely on internet to publish information on police commissioner election candidates

18 April 2012

The BPIF has criticised Home Office plans to rely solely on a central website to host information about candidates for the forthcoming Police Commissioner elections, warning that they will disadvantage people who have low levels of internet access, such as the elderly and those who live in rural areas. In a letter to Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Nick Herbert MP this week, Kathy Woodward urges the Home Office to reconsider this proposal.

more

R & D Tax Credits Overview

29 March 2012

R & D Tax Credits Overview

Two schemes for claiming relief for businesses that pay corporation tax:

more

Rights of long term sick employees to paid sick leave are directly enforceable

23 March 2012

Dominguez v Centre informatique du Centre Ouest Atlantique is a decision of the CJEC on the Working Time Directive which looked at whether a provision of French law imposing a rule that workers on sick leave must have actually worked for at least a month in a leave year before they could take, or be paid for, any annual leave accrued under the French equivalent of the Working Time Regulations was permissible. The court said no, and then went on to say that the relevant provision of the Working Time Directive are "directly effective".

more

Bully-boy tactics cut no ice with the Court of Appeal

23 March 2012

Heavy handed tactics by employers also came in for criticism in Caterpillar Logistics Services (UK) Ltd v de Crean, where the Court of Appeal upheld the refusal of an injunction application against a former employee.

more

Disciplinary suspension should not be a 'kneejerk' reaction

23 March 2012

The option to suspend employees suspected of misconduct pending investigation can be very useful, where it is feared that an employee may be a risk to the business if he or she continues to work while the investigation is going on. However, as highlighted by Lord Justice Elias in Crawford v Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, it is important that suspension should not be not an automatic knee-jerk reaction to an allegation of misconduct.

more

Fees for tribunals - an afterthought

13 February 2012

Consultation has now opened on the proposal to charge fees for employment proceedings - not on the principle of charging a fee, but on the detail how much the fees will be and when they will be payable. They will be far from nominal, with the lowest level suggested being £150, rising to fees in the thousands before a hearing will be listed in more complex cases. The intention is that fees may be reduced for claimants on income based benefits or very low incomes - those who earn not much more than those on benefits.

more

No compensation for manner of dismissal. Ever.

13 February 2012

In Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Botham (FC) v Ministry of Defence the Supreme Court revisited the question of whether, over and above any right to compensation for unfair dismissal, employees can recover damages for the way in which they have been dismissed and specifically in the situation where the employer has failed to follow a contractual disciplinary procedure.

more

A TUPE miscellany

13 February 2012

To adapt an Arctic Monkeys lyric (although I'm sure they didn't think this one up by themselves) "You're waiting for a TUPE case and you wait ages without one turning up, then, all of a sudden, 4 come at once".

more

 

Share this page:

Help | Privacy statement | Cookies | Accessibility   Founded in 1890 © 2014 British Printing Industries Federation, Cert Office No. CO/101/E