Archive for February 2015

UK Employment Law

Episode 65The view from Mayer Brown

Nick looks at two recent discrimination cases, which show that the rules on discrimination can set unexpected challenges for employers. The third case considers whether a single employee could be an “organised grouping” under the TUPE Regulations, and so covered by the service provision change rules.

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Legal developments in construction law

We are delighted to share our latest Construction Legal Update.

Key topics in this update include:

Current issues
1. Court foils claimant’s attempt to shut out defence arguments
2. But a dispute (once there is one) does not have to deal with everything
3. So when is a final certificate not final?

Future issues
4. Government plans for procurement changes
5. CDM 2015, 6 April and the CDM co-ordinator role change
6. CDM 2015: Who can be a “principal designer”?

The update can be accessed here.

UK Pensions Law

Episode 11UK Pensions Law

Richard talks about the new statutory minimum governance standards and charging restrictions that will be imposed on DC pension schemes from April 2015. There is a particular focus on the issue arising from the new charges cap where funds have been mapped across to new funds in the past.

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UK Employment Law

Episode 64The View from Mayer Brown

Nick reviews three cases, all decided in the EAT. The first looks at whether an employee had lost the chance to bring a claim against the employer because she had taken sick pay over a prolonged period after the alleged claim arose. The second considers whether an English tribunal could hear a whistleblowing claim from an employee outside the UK and the third is a helpful case for employers on calculating compensation following a finding of unlawful victimisation.

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Charges cap in money purchase default arrangements: mapping and white-labelling

The final version of the charges cap regulations were published last week and are due to come into force on 6 April. Broadly, they will impose a 0.75% cap on charges in money purchase default arrangements. But the regulations give an unexpectedly wide meaning to “default arrangement” in this context, and they will in fact apply to investment options that one wouldn’t normally think of as default funds. Trustees of all schemes where money purchase contributions are still being accepted should consider whether they need to take urgent steps in order to comply.

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Employment Round-Up

In our monthly update of key employment law decisions, we look at tweeting on personal twitter accounts and whether obesity is a disability in the February edition.

Please see our Update for details. You can also view our legislation timetable within the Update, which sets out recent and forthcoming changes to employment law.

UK Employment Law

Special EpisodeAnother View from Mayer Brown

Nick is joined by David Reade QC to discuss the recent Opinion from the Advocate General in the Woolworths/Bluebird cases on the trigger for collective redundancy consultation. These cases are very significant for UK employers, and since David represented Bluebird in the European Court, he is well placed to share his thoughts on what the Opinion means for employers.

The link to the cases mentioned have been posted on Twitter by Nick. Please follow Nick at Nicholas Robertson@Nicholasrober11

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