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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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Plain packaging

Plain packaging

28 June 2012

The BPIF is currently preparing a written response to Department of Health proposals to introduce standardised tobacco packaging (sometimes referred to as ‘Plain packaging').

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Fuel duty increase deferred until next year

Fuel duty increase deferred until next year

28 June 2012

On 27 June the Chancellor announced the Government will delay, until 1 January 2013, the 3.02 pence per litre fuel duty rise scheduled for 1 August.

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The Help

20 June 2012

The case of Zarkasi v Anindita and anor (2012) UKEAT in which a race discrimination claim by an au pair who had entered the UK to work using falsified documents failed, because the unfavourable treatment related not to her race but to her lack of any right to live or work in the UK. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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The BPIF host Parliamentary Dinner

23 May 2012

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

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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%).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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R & D Tax Credits Overview

29 March 2012

R & D Tax Credits Overview

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

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