Debt enforcement and litigation
With the latest figures from the Insolvency Service showing a significant rise in business insolvencies for the first quarter of 2012, there will be a knock on effect for the creditors of affected companies.
Excessive charges set to be banned
A consultation will be launched this summer regarding the charges that businesses can apply when customers buy products or services using credit or debit cards.
From 1st July, businesses will be able to apply to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to challenge the land use restrictions that limit competition with any of the UK’s seven largest grocery retailers.
Following the decision to increase the number of generic “top-level domains” that are available globally (such as .com, .net and .org), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has received 1930 applications. Consequently, when the domains that pass the evaluation process go live next year, familiar address endings could be joined by .bbc, .bank, .cloud or even .fashion.
The government is asking employers for their view on plans to scrap legislation that makes bosses liable for harassment of their employees by customers or clients.
Proposals included in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which recently received its second reading in the House of Commons, could result in additional copyright issues for businesses.
Two of the partners at Palmers recently presented to the South West Essex Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
In Quashie v Stringfellows Restaurants Ltd the EAT overturned an employment judge’s decision that a dancer at Stringfellows was not an employee and remitted proceedings for an employment tribunal to hear her claim for unfair dismissal.
The Court of Appeal has held that a contract between an employer and an employee or worker may exist even if the amount of wages has not been agreed between them (Ajar-Tec v Stack).
In LB Camden v (1) Pegg (2) Randstad Care (3) Hays Specialist Recruitment t/a Camden Agency for Temporary Supply the EAT held that where a contract worker, employed by an employment agency, is supplied to work for a third party (the principal), that worker will have the right to bring a claim against that principal for any discrimination suffered by the worker whilst working for the principal.