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Miller Samuel provides quality legal advice throughout the UK and beyond. Our specialist teams work closely together, providing tailored and innovative solutions for our clients.

Miller Samuel Hill Brown provides quality legal advice throughout the UK and beyond. Our specialist teams work closely together, providing tailored and innovative solutions for our clients.

When mini breaks just don’t cut it

The Employment Tribunal say twenty-minute rest periods for workers should be given in one run, not as a series of mini-breaks 

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Minimum Unit Pricing – will it affect you?

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the press lately you will be aware that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) is to come into effect in Scotland on 1st May this year. This has been a long time coming, having first been tabled over ten years ago. A legal challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association, which argued that the 2011 Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill breached EU trade rules, dragged things out further, resulting in nearly five years’ of litigation. Last year, however, Supreme Court judges unanimously decided that MUP did not breach European law, giving the green light for the measure to finally be implemented.

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Come fly with(out) me

Following the roster ‘mess up’ in the Summer last year that saw over 40,000 people stranded or have their flights cancelled, Ryanair have now announced that they will reducing the routes that fly from Glasgow Airport to just three – Dublin, Wroclaw and Krakow.  

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Agency Workers Entitlements

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently issued a judgement in relation to agency workers and the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR 2010). In Kocur v Angard Staffing Solutions Ltd UKEAT/0181/17, it was held that failure by an “end user” to provide agency workers with the same annual leave entitlement and paid rest breaks as their permanent employees, could not be rectified or compensated for by providing the agency worker with a higher rate of hourly pay.

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Settlement Agreements and Termination Payments – New Rules

Many employers often use Settlement Agreements in order to end an employment relationship on agreed terms. This is a legally binding document and can also be used to resolve ongoing workplace disputes. As a result of signing the agreement, the employee will be unable to make claims in the employment tribunal about any type of claim which is mentioned in the agreement. It can be a useful tool to use, on the back of instigating a “protected conversation”. As this is such a frequently used method of terminating employment, it is important that employers are aware of the changes in the law.

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