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Fitness first

23 Feb 2018
An article on the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill which passed its second reading in the House of Commons in January. The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 requiring residential rented accommodation to be provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation. which is almost certain to become law later this year.

When will an employer be assumed to know that an employee is disabled?

22 Feb 2018
If an employee is disabled, an employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments for them, under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. That duty only arises if the employer either knows, or could reasonably be expected to know (para 20 Schedule 8 EqA) that the individual has a disability, and is "likely to be placed at a disadvantage" in comparison to someone who does not have a disability.

The Government's response to the Taylor Review - a good work plan?

15 Feb 2018
The Government has published its response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

The Taylor Review, which was published last July, included 53 recommendations and the Government has responded to each one. It has also responded to the recommendations made by the Work and Pensions and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committees.

Breaking up is hard to do

12 Feb 2018
The case of (1) Sackville UK Property Select II (GP) No.1 Ltd (2) Sackville UK Property Select II Nominee (the Landlord) (1) Ltd v (1) Robertson Taylor Insurance Brokers Ltd (Robertson)(2) Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd (Integro) is yet another case relating to exercising a break option in a lease. It is a useful reminder of:

Speeding up the processing of cheques: HM Treasury's two legislative proposals

09 Feb 2018
On 1 December 2017, the consultation period closed on HM Treasury's latest step towards transforming the way in which cheques are cleared. In its bid to ensure UK payment systems remain effective, efficient, innovative and aligned to the needs of end users, HM Treasury has supported the industry-led initiative to introduce a new image-clearing system (ICS) for cheques. This article focuses on the two legislative proposals consulted upon in late 2017.

Perception is reality?

08 Feb 2018
In the case of Chief Constable of Norfolk –v- Coffey (UKEAT/0260/16/BA), the Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that an employer directly discriminated on the ground of disability where it perceived that an employee's hearing loss may well become a disability in the future.