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Child Abuse Law team win at Yorkshire Legal Awards



We are delighted to announce that the Child Abuse Law team at Switalskis Solicitors has won the Dispute Resolution award in the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2014! On Thursday 16th October the Yorkshire Legal Awards were announced at the Royal Armouries New Dock Hall in Leeds. Two of Switalskis specialist legal teams were up for awards: the Residential Conveyancing department was ...
 
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Are you using e-cigarettes at work?



By Irina Polyakova, Employment Solicitor October is time for the ‘Stoptober’ campaign and many people across Britain will be attempting to kick their smoking habit. More and more people will turn to ‘e-cigarettes’ to try to curb their cravings. It is estimated that 2.1 million adults in Great Britain use electronic cigarettes. In recent years electronic cigarettes have become increasingly ...
 
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Child Abuse Law team shortlisted for Personal Injury Awards 2014



We are delighted to announce that the Child Abuse Claims department at Switalskis has been shortlisted in 3 categories in national competition, the Personal Injury Awards 2014! This is the second year running that the team has been nominated in these awards and follows on from their success in the Personal Injury Awards 2013 where they took home the title of Personal Injury ...
 
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Employment Law Blog: Is obesity a disability?



There have been a number of recent cases, the most recent heard in June 2014, to determine if obesity is in fact a disability under the Equal Treatment Framework Directive. These cases have significant implications for UK law, especially in relation to the Equality Act 2010, as obese employees could argue that they are suffering discrimination at work. In the ...
 
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Solicitors show off their sporting knowledge for charity



Last week (Thursday 19th September) the Switalskis team entered the Five-a-Side charity football quiz at the Arts@Trinity centre in Leeds to help raise cash for Simon on the Streets and Wakefield KIDS. The team, armed with varying levels of sporting knowledge, were determined not to come last in the football-themed quiz. Team members Rob Casey, Michael Devlin, Colm Barry, Jonathan Starr, Irina ...
 
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Dress codes: ACAS releases new guidance for employers



ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) have recently published guidance for employers on the workplace dress code. There are a number of good reasons why a business might implement a dress code at work. In most circumstances, it is acceptable for employers to expect their employees to look well-presented or dress in a way that meets their clients’ or ...
 
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1000s of foster children separated from siblings



It has been revealed that of the 11,082 children taken into foster care from April ’13 to March ’14, a third were separated from their brothers and sisters as local authorities struggled to find placements for sibling groups. The figures were obtained by Action for Children following a Freedom of Information request to all local authorities across Britain. The charity ...
 
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Trafficked migrants can claim discrimination



Following a decision in the Supreme Court in the recent case of Hounga v Allen, trafficked migrants may be able to bring a claim for discrimination against their employer, despite their illegal status. Central to this case is the legal doctrine that a court will not enforce a claim when someone has committed an illegal act, known as the ‘illegality defence’. In this case, ...
 
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Discrimination damages for ‘injuries to feelings’ rise 10%



By Irina Polyakova If you win a claim for discrimination against your employer, in addition to any damages awarded to cover financial loss, the Employment Tribunal can decide to award  compensation for ‘injury to feelings’. To decide how much compensation you may be awarded for injury to feelings the Employment Tribunal refers to what is known as ‘Vento guidelines’, which sets out ...
 
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The Switalskis Partners take on the Ice Bucket Challenge!



Today (1/9/14) in Leeds, the Switalskis Partners braved the Ice Bucket Challenge, joining the many who are raising awareness about motor neurone disease and of course, raising cash to fund research. To find out more about the MND Association and the Ice Bucket Challenge in the UK, visit the MND Association website.  You can donate by texting ICED55 £5 (or ...