Marathon Asset Management LLP Receives £2 Compensation Against Former Employees

The recent case of Marathon Asset Management LLP and another v Seddon and another, involved a claim brought by Marathon Asset Management LLP (Marathon) against two former employees who breached their duties of confidence by unlawfully removing approximately 40,000 documents when they resigned in order to set up a competing business.

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The recent Court of Appeal case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and Mullins v Smith has been widely reported in the press over the past few weeks but has anything changed regarding employment status?

Not really, but the Court has provided useful guidance as to what to look for when assessing this type of work which will help to determine whether an individual should be properly regarded as a ‘worker’ rather than self-employed.

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Gareddu v London Underground Ltd

The employer, London Underground, had, what some might consider to be, a generous holiday scheme in place; Mr Gareddu was entitled to take 38 days holiday each year (inclusive of bank holidays).  Mr Gareddu, a Sardinian national, was a practising Roman Catholic.

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Naming and shaming of companies failing to pay the National Minimum Wage ahead of annual increase in rates

Both the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) are due to increase on 1 April 2017.  This increase coincides with a timely campaign from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEISS) to increase workers’ awareness of the rates which they are entitled to be paid.  Argos have also been in the news for their failure to pay workers the NMW.

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Update on the tax treatment of termination payments

Back in September 2015 we reported on the government’s intention to ‘simplify’ the tax treatment of termination payments which included a proposal to abolish the current £30,000 tax exemption in respect of termination payments.

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