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Thorneycroft News for August 2015

Fall through fragile roof leads to employee wearing full body brace

17th August 2015

A roofing contractor has been fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £3,415 in costs after one of its employees fell seven metres through a fragile roof.

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Lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms have been made easier

17th August 2015

The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) forms changed back at the beginning of July with the aim of making them clearer and easier to complete. 

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Man loses two fingers in workplace accident

13th August 2015

A 27 year old man lost two of his fingers after his hand became severely mangled in a piece of machinery. The employee was working for a timber manufacturer when the incident happened and was working with a saw feeding and removing large pieces of timber.

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Landmark ruling on "reasonable financial provision" in your Will

10th August 2015

A landmark ruling on a case concerning a last Will and Testament has caused a buzz in the legal world. We assume that our last Will and Testament will be honoured when we die, particularly if we have had it written up by a respected and competent solicitor but a recent, well publicised case could mean that this may not be the case.

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And finally to France…

10th August 2015

Last month, rumours abounded that the Cannes Film Festival had banned flat shoes. Employers should take note of the problems the issue of prescribed clothing can cause. 

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Employment Tribunal Fees review – The government’s review of tribunal fees is underway

10th August 2015

Broadly speaking, it will look at the effect that the introduction of fees has had and will consider other factors that influenced trends in the number of tribunal cases brought. The review will also make recommendations for any changes to the structure and level of tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal fees. 

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Keeping shtum about alleged misconduct – The Basildon Academies v Amadi

10th August 2015

There is no general duty on employees to tell their employer about misconduct or other past wrongdoings that they may (or may not) have been involved in. Some senior staff – directors, for example – owe fiduciary duties, and this puts them in a separate category of employees who are obliged to make these sorts of disclosures. For other members of staff, the wording of their contract tends to be the starting point when considering if there is such a duty. But what if the contact is silent or doesn’t go far enough? Can terms be implied?

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"Granny leave" under consideration

10th August 2015

As the school summer holidays approach, the annual juggle of all juggles looms large for many parents. Childcare over the six or more weeks of children’s time off is rarely a one-person job. And grandparents are prime sources of support.

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Zero tolerance

7th August 2015

As the debate over the rights and wrongs of zero hours contracts rattles on, the law has been changed to do away with one particular bone of contention.

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Working while travelling Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco

7th August 2015

What counts as ‘working time’? It’s a question that will continue to be asked as working patterns evolve. 

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