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In the case of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust v Westwood [2009] UKEAT The Employment Appeal Tribunal, found against an employer, who summarily dismissed a nurse for leaving a patient on a trolley outside Accident and Emergency at night, on the basis that her actions did not amount to gross misconduct but rather only to a professional failure.

Unlike other forms of discrimination, such as race or sex discrimination, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 do allow a defence of justification in cases of direct discrimination, where this is ‘a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim’.

In the first major case involving the Regulations, which were introduced in October 2006, the Employment Tribunal (ET) has dismissed a £4.5 million age discrimination claim brought against a City of London law firm (Bloxham v Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer).

How I rumbled the lying professor: The story behind the discredited don who rubbished rivals on Amazon...then left his own wife to take the blame.

By Rachel Polonsky
Mail Online

Under English law legal action is possible against all intervening persons who are responsible for repeating, publishing or otherwise circulating the defamation, Internet Service Providers such as Virgin Media, AOL or BT run the risk of being regarded as the publishers of libellous remarks, originated by another person, but published by them in one of their hosted websites or forums.

The governing copyright statute in the UK is the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. This law offers copyright protection in the following categories:

The number one form of written communication, the Email has become such a quick and easy medium so many of us are making the mistake of treating our emails as if it were spoken language, and sometimes with grave consequences. Traditionally, letters have offered us plenty of opportunity to re-think our comments because they require printing, signing, placing the letter in an envelope, attaching a stamp and putting in the post. Emails on the other hand are transmitted virtually instantaneously and usually, once sent, are irrevocable.

An amendment to the UK’s Digital Economy Bill that could force ISPs to block access to copyright-infringing websites has been slammed by the heads of the four largest UK ISPs, along with Google, Facebook, eBay and Yahoo.

The joint letter to the Financial Times claims that:

The Government's proposals regarding illegal filesharers, who internet lawyers bains cohenrepeatedly pirate material from artists such as Lady Gaga, have been confirmed in the Digital Economy Bill - published today.

A German man who gained control of over 1,519 domain names was ordered to release them to a hotel chain by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). internet lawyers bains cohen

So many companies don’t own their own domain name. They think they do, but they don’t.

Very often the owner of the domain name is not you but rather your web designer. And if you fall out with your web designer, one day you might wake up to the fact that your company’s website is switched off.

The EU Working Time Directive requires member states to ensure that national rules make it unlawful for an employer to require workers to work more than an average of 48 hours a week. The Working Time Regulations 1998 implement the Directive in the UK. However, the UK Government negotiated an opt-out from the 48-hour weekly working limit where an individual employee gives his or her prior agreement to waive this right.

It is automatically unfair dismissal to dismiss an employee for making a ‘protected disclosure’, in good faith, to someone to whom they are entitled to make it, or to penalise them for doing so.


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