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Non-solicitation covenants

Restrictive covenant-related case law has developed yet again following the recent High Court decisions in Baldwin (Ashby) Limited v Andrew Maidstone and Towry EJ Ltd v Bennett and others .  But it is a subject that never tires Employment Litigation...

Aunty looks at the top five matters to consider when deciding to offer work placements or internships.

Dear Auntie, We are receiving an increasing number of requests from graduates who are offering to work for free in exchange for work experience.  This is quite tempting given that it means we can have more hands on deck without increasing our head...

Whoops! Seven slip-ups - some of the most common but avoidable HR mistakes

A subscriber to HRlaw.co.uk has asked us to compile a list of what we find to be some of the most common HR mistakes and traps that employers can make and fall into.  The HR law team has put their heads together and here they are: 1.   ...

Top Tips for Team Moves - The Poacher's Perspective

The recent case of Tullett Prebon plc v BGC Brokers LP has highlighted once again the dangers of getting a team move wrong. Both BGC and the team looking to move to BGC came under heavy criticism from the court which held that they had shown a blatant...

The use of social networking sites at work

Dear Auntie, I am the HR director of a large company.  It has recently become apparent that many of our employees use a number of social networking websites like Facebook whilst they are at work.  In relation to certain employees I suspect...

Does confidential information stay confidential when an employee leaves the company?

During employment an employee owes his employer a strict duty to maintain the secrecy of the employer’s confidential information. Once the employment has terminated the employer’s confidential information may still be protected by the...

Top tips on frequently used litigation terms

Litigation with wayward employees is always an unpleasant affair. If you have commenced the litigation against the employee, it will usually be because they have breached their confidentiality provisions or restrictive covenants, putting you at risk of...

Leaks in the pipeline - top tips on whistleblowing

As the recent Severn Trent whistleblowing case demonstrates (when one of Severn Trent’s employees revealed that the company was providing misleading data to the water regulator, OFWAT) “whistleblowing” is now a term very much in the public...

Subject Access Stress - What are your obligations?

I am HR Manager in a medium sized Company and have recently received a letter from one of our employees requesting personal data under Section 7.1 of the Data Protection Act 1998. The employee has asked for this personal data at the same time as lodging...

Uncovering the unknowns - email monitoring top tips

As Donald Rumsfeld, the current US Secretary of Defence said "…we know there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are...
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