21st January 2014 – a bad day for Cockney Car Clocker(s)?
This is the day that Trading Standards, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London officers came a knocking for those thought to be a clocking!
Another minimum wage increase?
With the Government announcing that they feel that minimum wage should rise to over £7.00 per hour from 2015, we ask what effect this will have on small businesses, as their costs in other areas will not be reduced to compensate for this extra cost.
Updates on Non payment of Minimum wage fines
The government has now confirmed that the fines that companies could face if they fail to pay minimum wage to their employees (including apprentices) will increase from February 2014.
Trading Standards raise an alert on rogue traders offering repairs for flood damage
On the Kent Trading Standards website they are raising an alert that rogue traders, far from being the good guys in times of need, are out and about using the recent flood damage to line their pockets
Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) – now part of the MOT test AND an offence not to have one
We get lots of complaints from customers who have failed to “regenerate” their DPF causing it to block with soot and thus preventing it from working.
Magistrates fine parents for taking children on holiday during term time
Like many of us, taking the family holiday during the school holiday periods can add considerable amounts to the travel and accommodation costs.
Don’t get done – get Dom to provide you with a highly misleading and legally inaccurate letter instead
One of the writer’s biggest gripes in his working life is the constant mis-interpretation of the Sale of Goods Act, especially around the so called “reverse burden of proof” also known as the “six month rule”.
Judge tells man that although he is alive, he is legally dead!
Every now and again a legal decision is so surprising that it is hard to believe it came from a sane source!
A number of our clients have experienced issues since the flash floods that occurred just before Christmas.
Case law to look out for in 2014
The end of 2013 left some interesting tribunal decisions which are now in the process of being appealed. The key ones we will be watching will be:
Customers increasingly using mobile phones to buy online – but beware
In a recent article by 4D Hosting it is estimated that 40% of online traffic is coming from mobile phones, and whilst it is a modern way of buying online it is also another avenue where fraudsters seek to take your hard earned cash.
HSE Consultation on Petroleum legislation
Some clients operate businesses which have petroleum sales or storage as part of their business.
No need to produce insurance document when taxing vehicle and SORN change
Recently it was announced that there will be, starting in October 2014, the beginning of no tax discs in windscreens.
Re-think by Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over their charges for having a credit licence
The FCA held its first “webinar” recently (and It was evident that it was their first!) where I was able to log in and watch staff from the FCA discuss how they are handling this role, previously undertaken by the Office of Fair Trading.
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Bulgarian and Romanian Employees
New rules in relation to the employment of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants came into place on 01 January 2014.
Challenging a Redundancy Dismissal – What Defence does the Employer have?
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal examined if a Tribunal can assess if
a Redundancy dismissal is unfair, if they do not plead that the
Employer failed to follow correct procedure?
Lawgistics Christmas Break Closure
Our office will be closed from 1.00pm on 24 December 2013, until
Thursday 2 January 2014. We would like to wish all clients a very Happy
Christmas and New Year.
Lawgistics ANNUAL membership – or pay up to £850 an HOUR instead?
The Independent ran an interesting report recently, which stated that partners at law firms are now charging clients up to an amazing £850 an hour! They report that even newly qualified lawyers are charging up to £425 an hour. Just 10 years ago it was “only” £185.
Child’s car seat recalled over safety concerns
I dare say many people are not aware of the publically available online list of product recalls made by retailers and manufacturers.
Hot sausage roll “evidence” that car is faulty?
Ridiculous as it seems, it has been alleged that a car was defective in that whenever it was parked outside the owner’s home its alarm was seemingly being set off at random times. It was then established that it only did so whenever the user operated his microwave!
Beware of buyers claiming to be from Botswana
A car advert was placed in a motoring publication for sale by our client. Nothing unusual with that or unique about the car – it was a fairly mundane model up for sale for about £3k and advertised with an unknown minor problem with the engine.
Report a friend for £200
A seasonal initiative from West Midlands Police is for people to report a friend who has been drink-driving and, if that person is arrested and prosecuted then the “friend” who reported them could receive a £200 reward.
“Golliwog” – racist or not?
The Court of Appeal is currently considering whether racial discrimination existed in a situation where a white manager, whilst talking about Roberston’s jam, used the word “golliwog” in the presence of a black African-Caribbean colleague.