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November 2018 Newsletter

Posted on Tuesday 27th Nov 2018

Acton Jennings’ Indemnity Cover for Clients

While all our clients have the benefit of legal indemnity insurance cover, many never have call to use it. That is the case of course, with most personal and other business insurance policies. What cover is available depends on the type of contract you have with us. Two recent cases illustrate the distinctions in practical terms but also show the value of having insurance.

The widely reported failure by Wm. Morrisons Supermarkets plc to overturn a High Court ruling that it is liable for a data breach committed maliciously by a disgruntled

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October 2018 Newsletter

Posted on Monday 1st Oct 2018

BREXIT Legislation

The UK government has issued its draft proposals to ensure health and safety regulations operate as intended after the UK exits the European Union. 

The Health and Safety (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 are designed to ensure that health and safety protections derived from the European Union, such as The Working Time Regulations, will remain part of  domestic law after the UK leaves the EU. The government has said that, in the case of some protections, technical amendments to existing legislation will be required to ensure effective operation. 

The

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August 2018 News Briefing

Posted on Friday 17th Aug 2018

EXTENSION OF FFI LIKELY

It was almost inevitable given the state of local authority finances that they should seek to defray the cost of health and safety inspections carried out by LA environmental health officers (EHOs). Now the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Health and Safety has recommended that FFI, which allows the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to charge dutyholders £129 an hour for work to notify them of material breaches found during inspections, should be extended to include local authorities

HSE inspect premises such as factories, building sites,

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July Newsletter 2018 - Additional services from Acton Jennings

Posted on Thursday 19th Jul 2018

Sleepover shifts and National Minimum Wage

From time to time a judgment is handed down that accords with most people’s notion of common sense. The Court of Appeal judgment in the joined cases of Royal Mencap v Thompson Blake and John Shannon v Jakishan and Prithee Rampersad (t/a Clifton House Residential Home) is one such case.

In his judgment, promulgated last Friday (13th July 2018), Lord Justice Underhill provides much-needed clarity on whether workers are entitled to the national minimum wage for each hour spent during “sleepover shifts”. The stakes were high: a possible £400

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June 2018 - Tribunal Claims over 100% up on last year

Posted on Friday 29th Jun 2018

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL STATISTICS 

As one might have predicted the latest employment tribunal quarterly statistics published by the Ministry of Justice, for the period January to March 2018 show a continuing increase in the volume of single employment claims, following the abolition of employment tribunal fees last year.

However, a 118% rise in the numbers of single claims compared with the same quarter of 2017, when fees were still in place, is quite an increase. Of the claims that proceeded to employment tribunal just 10% ultimately succeeding at a hearing.

Over the same period, 4,700

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