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Off the record, without prejudice and pre-termination negotiations

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These terms are often heard when employers seek to bring an individual’s employment to an end. But what do they mean and what practical tips are there for employers? Off the record A conversation that is unofficial, and not to be disclosed or...

Buying insolvent businesses: the key employment issues

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Carillion has fallen over in spectacular fashion. Some fashion brands are teetering on the edge of insolvency after poor Christmas trading, exacerbated by the march of on-line competitors and the impact of Amazon’s cheaper (cheap, that is, until they...

Drapers' People Moves section is a must-read for fashionistas - who goes where, and why, helps lubricate fashion industry coffee machine chatter

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It can also start people musing about restrictive covenants. So when Paul Masters moved from Missguided to In The Style, Adam Chesters left Deckers to join Craghoppers, and Céline Larose jumped ship from Richemont to join Kiki McDonough, thoughts on...

A&F in the wars again

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Once again A&F is facing criticism. This time over its approach to the recruitment of its retail assistants (or “models” as it was wont to call them in a recent case before the US Supreme Court, a term now reportedly morphed into...

FW Partner Mark Watson quoted in Drapers discussing employee disputes at Barbour

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This article was first featured in Drapers. 6 January, 2015 Barbour strike goes ahead after talks fail More than 70 Barbour employees have begun a month-long walkout that could affect deliveries to major retailers, after trade union...

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Drapers reported at the end of last month that Sports Direct has agreed to: spell out details of its zero hours contracts in job adverts, telling applicants that work is not guaranteed, to produce policies around sick...

Protecting key executives

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Each week the fashion industry sees the departure of key individuals from brands or retailers in different parts of the spectrum, buying, designing, and managing. The past few weeks have seen the Brand Director of USC leave with immediate effect, the...

Sending employees - abroad an employer's duty of care

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China. The 21st century El Dorado for many fashion businesses. As a result executives are regularly asked to travel, perhaps to visit a factory or a distributor. Some of these visits will be to places that tourists rarely see, far removed from the glitz of...