What employers need to know about the Asda equal pay decision
Asda’s retail workers have won a key appeal in the Supreme Court in their long-running equal pay battle with the supermarket. The decision will have significant ramifications, not just for Asda and the other supermarkets facing similar claims, but also other retail outlets who have distribution depots, says a leading employment lawyer from Thames Valley law firm Boyes Turner.
This week Jessica Clough and Barry Stanton take a look at the recent Supreme Court Case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and others on the question of whether “sleep-in” workers (that is workers who are on call, often at the employer’s premises, but who are allowed to sleep during their shift) are entitled to National Minimum Wage for the entirety of their shift.
Adverse possession of access ways- issues for developers and landowners
A recent decision of the High Court (Amirtharaja v White, February 2021)) concerned a dispute over ownership of a passageway running between two commercial buildings which were intended for development. The passageway led to the rear of a residential property and the owners of that property had successfully obtained an Order for rectification of the Land Registry title to show themselves as owner of the passageway in place of the owner of the adjacent commercial buildings.
Whilst it is a subject that is often shied away from and not discussed in families given the nature of my practice, I often ask family and friends whether they’ve made a will. All too often the reply I receive is “I don’t need a will”. This may true in some cases but not in the majority of cases. It is a common misunderstanding that only the rich need a will but this is simply not the case. Whilst in many cases the primary reason for making a will is to deal with the distribution of any assets of monetary values, this is not the sole reason.
Remote working from overseas: the top 5 issues for Employers
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented numbers of employees working from home and some employees may even have chosen to work remotely from overseas.
Employees may think that their location doesn’t really matter, however, it may in fact result in a legal headache for their employer. In this week’s article Jessica Clough and Barry Stanton take a look at the legal implications for employers of having employees working for them from abroad.
Budget 2021: Chancellor announces further immigration reform
The budget is not normally somewhere that Global Mobility professionals look to for policy reform, however the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced a number of changes to the UK immigration system in Wednesday’s budget.
Has the pandemic forced more people to prepare DIY or online wills?
The unprecedented times of the last 12 months have forced people to grasp the “new normal” of conducting their lives online. Many of us are working remotely and in our personal and professional lives are conducting video chats with clients or to catch up with family and friends, participating in other household activities and formalities online. This includes the preparation of legal documents, which in many cases has been seen as a good thing but what about in the case of wills?
Business Interruption Insurance and the Supreme Court
Many businesses take out business interruption insurance each year to protect them in the event that their business operations are interrupted. The coronavirus pandemic has caused business disruption across the country in a manner which is unprecedented. Unsurprisingly many businesses which had taken out interruption insurance have sought to rely on the cover when making a claim.
A welcome step towards certainty for businesses transferring data from the EU to the UK
The European Commission has published its draft adequacy decision in respect of the UK, which is an important step towards the continued free flow of personal data from the EEA to the UK. Amir Kousari, Senior Associate and data protection expert at tech law firm Boyes Turner explains the implications.