Posted: Author: Jane Biddlecombe

CAB publishes report on ‘bogus’ self-employment

The Citizens Advice Bureau has recently published a report on ‘bogus’ self-employment, i.e. people who are categorised as self-employed by the companies for which they work but are in fact, according to the relevant legal tests, employees or workers. This results in these people being denied rights and benefits such as holiday, sick pay, pension… Read more »

Posted: Author: Jane Biddlecombe

Dismissal for derogatory comments on Facebook held to be fair

These days more and more employment cases are related to employees’ use of social media. In the recent case of British Waterways Board v Smith, Mr Smith worked on the maintenance of canals and was summarily dismissed for gross misconduct for comments he had made on Facebook two years previously. His employer had a robust… Read more »

Posted: Author: Abigail Sinden

Let Them Eat Cake (but no copying allowed!)

Three episodes in and we are already addicted to the new series of Bake Off. Black forest gateaux, biscotti biscuits, homemade bread, what is there not to love? To announce the sixth series of bake off, the BBC created an advert which was a spin off to the musical – The Sound of Music. The… Read more »

Posted: Author: Abigail Sinden

There’s no Superhero to protect small businesses

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a super trade mark and copy right infringement case. DC Comics (DC) the creator of Superman, claims clothing manufacturer Mad Engine, has infringed the iconic Superman shield. How? By replacing the “S” with the word DAD. DC claim that they have never licenced the shield… Read more »