February 2014 Archive

Scam invoices

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Jill Bainbridge considers scam invoices in light of the increasing numbers of fraudsters becoming aware of the importance of brand strategy. More …

Buckingham Palace registers 30 new domain names

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Earlier this year, the Intellectual Property Team discussed the importance of brand strategy and the risks posed to businesses following the introduction of the 'Generic Top Level Domain Programme.' More …

How to combat housing fraud

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The provisions of the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 provide a useful tool in order to make sure that those living in your accommodation are entitled to do so. More …

Latest research on customer's rights and online retailing

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Whether your entire retail business operates online, or the internet is part of a multi-channel strategy, you need to ensure that you are complying with the Distance Selling Regulations ('the regulations') to keep customers happy. More …

New statutory rates published

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On 6 April 2014 certain statutory rates are increased. More …

National Minimum Wage penalties increased

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On 15 January 2014, the government announced a significant increase in the penalty for employers who do not pay the NMW from £5,000 to £20,000 in February 2014. More …

Delay to extension of flexible working rights

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Currently, only employees with children under the age of 17 (18 if the child is disabled) or who are carers of certain adults have the right to request a flexible pattern of work More …

Should an employer rely on a medical report to assess whether or not an employee is disabled?

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Not necessarily, according to the Court of Appeal in the case Gallop v Newport County Council. It held that it is not enough simply to rely on an occupational health report which stated that the employee was not disabled. More …

OFT Consumer Credit Licence

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Richard considers the changes recently issued by the OFT to the consumer credit licencing regime. More …

Restrictive Covenants: can contacts and client relationships still be protected in the digital age?

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Hayley Dear considers whether contacts and client relationships can still be protected in the digital age and reflects on the judgement of 4myschools v Palmer. More …