March Bulletin

Our bulletin this month looks at the January 2018 implementation of the ban on payment surcharges for consumer transactions such as debit, credit and PayPal Payments, recent cases that highlight that words in business contracts will, generally, mean what they say – even where they have bizarre or unintended consequences, case updates on SFO v ENRC that highlighted how difficult it can be to assert privilege and the recent case between Phones 4U (In Administration) v EE that demonstrates the importance of explaining why a contract is being terminated.  

We also look at the Government's response to the Taylor Review published last year, which concentrated on the so-called gig economy of part time and flexible workers and four new consultations issued by the government on (1) the enforcement of employment rights, (2) agency workers, (3) transparency in the UK labour market; and (4) employment status.   Employment law updates including on equal pay that seems to dominate the headlines with Tesco now facing a £4bn equal pay claim from store staff (mainly female) who allege that they should be paid the same as distribution centre workers (mainly male), the case of Kostal UK who has been ordered to pay penalties exceeding £400,000 for breaching Trade Union law by making offers directly to the employees to bypass collective bargaining and the recent case of Guvera who acquired Blinkbox Music (BM) TUPE – identifying when and if a ‘transfer’ has happened.

Our written bulletin can be accessed here and you can click the image below for our vlog.