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The Transport Industry: Bog Standard and a Man’s World?

The transport and logistics industry plays a pivotal role in all of our lives and it is probably almost impossible to name a product which at some point has not spent time in the back of a HGV. As an industry, it contributes over £120billion to our economy, yet the industry is facing continuous...

References: New Guidance Released for Employers

ACAS have recently issued new guidance for employers regarding the provision of references for employees. The guidance can be found here . Although the ACAS guidance is fairly basic, and does not change the law in any way, it is a useful aide memoire. Here is a brief summary of some key points...

Changes to Copyright

Some may recall the Queens’ speech at the opening of Parliament, when she announced that the government would do all it could to ensure Britain’s place at the forefront of the digital economy. For many businesses, that means strengthening protection for Intellectual Property rights. The newly...

Who is an employee entitled to have present as a companion in a disciplinary hearing?

Such was the question before the High Court in Stevens v University of Birmingham . Employees have a right under s.10 Employment Relations Act 1999 to be accompanied to both disciplinary and grievance hearings by a work colleague or a trade union representative. (Note – in these circumstances a...

Moving in a New Direction

As I put the finishing touches to this, the first of my posts on the trainee blog, I am sat on a train headed to London for an all-day licensing law seminar. This is just one of the new experiences that I find myself encountering in this exciting new phase of my career. My road to qualification as...

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