This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 5 April 2014

Three employment law crackers to kick off May: mass allegations of supermarket pay inequality; yet more on Moyes v Manchester United; and does a ‘kick in the butt’ excuse a punch in the mouth?

Supermarkets have become an ingrained part of our retail culture – with some shoppers actually enjoying row after row of florescent-lit boxes of sugar-laden breakfast cereals and 638 different varieties of coloured lavatory paper. Indeed, the shopping experience has become so Stepford wife-like that it is a fair assumption that most of those mindlessly pushing their trollies through hordes of screaming toddlers never actually notice the staff. Even when checking out, words are only exchanged between till operator and customer when there is a glitch with the ‘loyalty card’. Well, a forthcoming multi-party equal-pay case is set to throw beleaguered supermarket staff into the spotlight. The claim submits that women are generally employed in lower remunerated in-store roles, while burley blokes bag the higher-paid warehouse and distribution-centre tasks. Our commentators from law firm Eversheds assess the significant implications for the UK’s retail sector. Click here for more information.

Jonathan Ames
Jonathan Ames

A man got the sack in Manchester the other week and the world nearly stopped spinning on its axis. Media coverage of the recent travails of former Manchester United manager David Moyes illustrated both the power and lunacy of modern football. Moyes was understood to be on a six-year contract with United, worth some £36m. But the club sacked him after less than a year in the top slot because United have had their worst season since the start of the Premier League – although the side will still finish well within the top 10. Our commentator from law firm Shoosmiths speculates that the club will have incorporated an ‘ejector seat clause’ in Moyes’ contract to ensure that it isn’t stuck with more than five years’ worth of his salary as well as the blight of no European football next season. Click here for more information.

Rounding out our employment law extravaganza this week is a cautionary tale of workplace relations in Canada. We all know that colleagues can be irritating; how many times can Bert from accounts bore on about the misfortunes of Colchester United or impose a veritable photo gallery of digital snaps of his grandchild on anyone who makes the mistake of pausing by his desk? But, as our correspondent from law firm Dentons points out, furniture shop workers Peng Li and Winston Furguson really didn’t like each other, with the relationship degenerating to the point where one kicked the other in the bum, eliciting a slap in the chops in reply. The legal question: did the original kick mitigate damages for the resulting slap? Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Eversheds: Equal pay: legal action taken against major supermarket chainDownload
Pillsbury: Lingering questions about the San Francisco gross receipts taxDownload
DLA Piper: California court certifies unlikely class — will it redefine the class action landscape?Download
Schoenherr: Slovakia: brief summary of fast-track amendment to personal data protection regimeDownload
Penningtons Manches: Commercial & IP Update — April 2014: High Court gives guidance on commercial agents’ rights on terminationDownload
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Top five briefings by practice area
Banking & finance: Regulatory change — FCA research into vulnerable customers and consumer creditDownload
Employment: Red card for Moyes despite his fixed-term contractDownload
Intellectual property: A reformed approach to threatsDownload
Litigation/dispute resolution: Litigation costs: the hidden truthDownload
Real estate: Knocked down or on the up? Developers and the rights of lightDownload
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Top five briefings by region
Asia-Pacific: Shanghai shortens term for industrial land-use rightsDownload
Offshore: Summary of proposed changes to the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008Download
Middle East & Africa: Jordan: government issues a new draft licensing regulation for power companiesDownload
UK & Europe: Potential expansion for establishing jurisdiction against would-be defendants in EuropeDownload
US & The Americas: Not quite an eye for an eye — judge rules that employee’s ‘kick in the butt’ excuses co-worker’s punch in the mouthDownload
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