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ECHR freedom of association violated by BNP councillor dismissal

13 November 2012

Employers expect employees and clients from different racial backgrounds, sexual orientation and political beliefs and affiliations to work alongside one another in harmony. However where an employer dismisses an employee on the grounds that their views may amount to being a health and safety risk to their clientele, would that dismissal amount to being fair?

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Fiona Morris's work for The Printing Charity recognised

Fiona Morris's work for The Printing Charity recognised

13 November 2012

The Printing Charity, a national charity for the UK printing, publishing, graphic arts and allied trades, presented Fiona Morris, one of its Trustees, with a Pro Merito Award at its 185th Annual Luncheon at Stationers’ Hall, London, on 8 November.

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Pentel Supports Marie Keating Foundation

Pentel Supports Marie Keating Foundation

07 November 2012

Pentel has become an official corporate partner to Marie Keating Foundation, a leading voice in cancer information and awareness in Ireland.

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Health & Safety - How to ensure you have this covered

24 October 2012

There is a direct correlation between the best companies and those that have the most effective Health & Safety Management Scheme. Developing a culture that understands and implements the necessary requirements is not only beneficial for the staff, but will improve the performance of the business. Central to this will be communication and using it as a 'live' document. It should not be shelved and dusted down when an inspection is carried out or for auditing purposes. Its arrangements should be communicated to all staff and a copy made available at all times. The following tips are the main areas of a business that will need to be challenged. Get this right and the rest will follow.

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Are 'without prejudice' conversations safe?

17 October 2012

Are 'without prejudice' conversations safe?

Employer-employee relationships can become strained due to a number of different factors and sometimes both parties wish to amicably part ways and embark on what they term as 'off the record' or 'without prejudice' conversations with a view to entering into a compromise agreement. The Question is; if no agreement is reached can the content of those conversations be admissible in the employment tribunal?

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Stralfors achieve the BPIF Environmental Seal of Excellence Award

Stralfors achieve the BPIF Environmental Seal of Excellence Award

08 October 2012

Tony Plummer (right) UK Managing Director is receiving the BPIF Environmental Seal of Excellence Award from Daniel Godden, BPIF South West Regional Director.

Stralfors, a BPIF member based in Cornwall has recently achieved the BPIF Environmental Seal of Excellence Award. The award sits alongside Stralfors other environmental accreditations ISO 14001, FSC and PEFC and demonstrates the ongoing commitment to the environment.

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BPIF Excellence Awards- Winners Announced!

BPIF Excellence Awards- Winners Announced!

18 September 2012

The BPIF Excellence Award winners were announced at a spectacular awards ceremony hosted by the irrepressible Bobby Davro

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BPIF manages £1.1m plus bid award from the Employer Ownership Pilot Programme

13 September 2012


The British Printing Industries Federation is delighted to announce that a bid prepared in conjunction with Berforts Plc  representing the Eastern Regions of the BPIF has been successful  (subject to due diligence) in securing over £1m of funding for a new cross industry Degree Level Graduate Training and Development Programme.

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When is a 'pool' of one in a redundancy selection exercise reasonable?

03 September 2012

The danger of blithely assuming that a potentially redundant employee is in a "pool" of one is illustrated in the recent Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) case of  Wrexham Golf Co Ltd -v- Ingham.

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Can 'cheapness' be a selection criterion for redundancy?

03 September 2012

The answer may well be yes in respect to age discrimination cases says the EAT in their recent decision in HM Land Registry -v- Mrs S M Benson

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Heidelberg leads a team searching for a Gold winning apprentice

03 August 2012

The hunt is on to find young printing apprentices with the skills to secure the Gold in The Skills Show, organised by worldskillsuk.

Heidelberg is being supported by the BPIF, Sappi and X-Rite in the quest to ensure the graphic arts industry is well represented at this new showcase of vocational training which takes place at the NEC from 15 to 17 November.

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Murphy's Law in Action

03 August 2012

"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". A well known engineering adage which is used to illustrate the need for any process to be built in a way that ensures the processor is fully engaged.

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Kathy Woodward buttonholes the Prime Minister

24 July 2012

When David Cameron recently visited Windrush Printers in Whitney to celebrate their 40th anniversary, he met with BPIF's chief executive, Kathy Woodward, who presented him with a Hortipack Thyme plant.

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BPIF Members Day 2012 highlights the federation's key achievements over the past year

BPIF Members Day 2012 highlights the federation's key achievements over the past year

18 July 2012

This year's event, held at Church House Conference Centre on 11 July, began with the CEO'S Conference where members enjoyed a number of engaging presentations from speakers. These included Mark Lawn, Canon UK & European Marketing Director, who presented Canon's Bigger Picture Report - the value of print to your customers, and Richard Gibson, who provided lots of food for thought during his interactive Leadership Workshop.

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Winners of the 2012 Print Futures Awards announced

Winners of the 2012 Print Futures Awards announced

17 July 2012

The eight winners of the 2012 Print Futures Awards, the annual scheme sponsored by Unite the Union, The Printing Charity and the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), were presented with their cheques at the All-Party Parliamentary Print Group's event at the House of Lords, London, on 11 July.

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In it to win it! - Olympic Associated Print Work Survey

17 July 2012

With the recent news of more Olympic souvenirs and merchandise being produced in China, and with the BPIF's continued interest in the number of opportunities provided to UK printers by London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) the BPIF last week carried out a survey amongst our members to establish how many had bid for and won Olympic-related print work

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Government sets deadline for new companies to participate in the amended Climate Change Agreements

17 July 2012

The BPIF have been informed that new companies will have to register by August 17th in order to guarantee receiving the Climate Change Levy discount from April 2013. Existing scheme members do not need to reapply but will be automatically enrolled.

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"Consultant" transferred under TUPE

04 July 2012

Freedman gives us an example of the difference between a person being accepted as self-employed for the purposes of tax and national insurance but in fact being an employee.

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TUPE anoraks this way

04 July 2012

For sad TUPE anoraks, Landsorganisationen i Danmark v Ny Molle Kro and Daddy's Dance Hall are classic cases, where transfers of leases of a bar and nightclub respectively were found to be transfers of undertakings

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Union did not victimise member by refusing to continue representation

04 July 2012

Croad v UCU is a case  concerning a university lecturer with disabilities who sought help from her union to bring a disability discrimination claim against her employers. She became dissatisfied with how they were handling the matter for her and complained. They eventually withdrew from acting for her, for number of reasons, including that she had ignored their advice. She alleged that they had failed to make reasonable adjustments, and had victimised her.

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