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Franchise agreements - sign on the dotted line

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The recent case of Dream Doors Limited v Lodgeford Homes Limited & Anor [2012] EWHC 1663 (QB) highlights the need to make sure that your franchise agreements are executed correctly and by the correct parties. More …

Accusation of 'playing the race card' amounted to race discrimination

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A recent case demonstrates how even unconscious stereotyping has the potential to amount to race discrimination and underlines the need, as always, to make sure that managers are trained in the handling of complaints. More …

£4.5 million award for campaign of discrimination following pregnancy

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Whilst the average award for discrimination claims is not as high as one might think (around £15,000 in 2010/2011) there are occasionally cases where the award is much higher. More …

'Protected conversations' and joined-up Employment law policy?

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The leaked report of venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft proposing that the law of Unfair Dismissal be replaced by "compensated no fault dismissal", apparently giving employers the right to fire at will, has indeed sent shockwaves through the HR community. More …

ACAS guidance reinforces the need for a social networking policy

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Can you fairly dismiss for potentially damaging comments made on a personal social networking site, perhaps even outside the workplace? More …