Legal guides

Guide to employment tribunal claims

Employment tribunals will hear claims about a range of employment issues including unfair dismissals, discrimination and redundancy. Most claims to employment tribunals must be presented to the tribunal within 3 months less one day of the date of termination of employment. It is rare for the tribunal to extend this time limit. This guide covers various aspects of employment tribunal claims including time limits, negotiating and ACAS, preparation, the tribunal hearing, compensation and appealing the decision.

A guide to copyright, trademarks,passing off and unregistered design rights

The cost of IP protection is notoriously high, particularly if you are seeking worldwide protection. It is a common misconception, however, that protection only arises when a registration of a particular intellectual property right is successfully achieved. This guide gives a brief introduction to some of those intellectual property rights that exist upon creation or which otherwise arise without the need for any application for registration and the accompanying fees.

Guide to community interest companies and companies limited by guarantee

Two common entities used for not-for-profit or community orientated organisations are the company limited by guarantee and the community interest company (“CIC”). As the names suggest both types of entity are limited companies (a CIC is a special type of company and may be either a company limited by guarantee or a company limited by shares). This guide covers some of the key characteristics of the company limited by guarantee and the community interest company.

Guide to gross misconduct

What is gross misconduct? Conduct so serious as to justify summary dismissal of an employee. Summary dismissal means the employee will not receive notice or any payment in lieu of notice. Acts of gross misconduct can include theft, fighting, serious negligence, breaches of health and safety and indecent behaviour, This guide covers everything you need to know about gross misconduct including how tribunals decide if a dismissal for gross misconduct is fair and what procedures an employer should take when dismissing an employee.

Guide to giving references

Are employers required to provide a reference? There is no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference. However, where a reference is provided, employers have a duty to be truthful, accurate and fair and must not give misleading information as this could potentially lead to claims being made against them by both the ex-employee and the recipient of the reference. This guide contains information about giving references including the liabilities, sensitive information and disclosure.
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