I’m guilty – so sue me?

By Cas Carrington

Question:  what is a breach of contract? Answer:  it occurs when one of the contracting parties breaches, or indicates they intend to breach, an agreed term of the contract, or fails to fulfill a promise, giving rise to damages.

To be a legally enforceable contract, however, both parties must receive something of value from the arrangement (called ‘consideration’ in law). 

So, when I promised not to mention Brexit again in one of my previous blogs, readers were certainly going to benefit from me not droning on about the ‘B’ subject.  But what benefit was I going to receive? The answer is nothing at all, which gets me off the hook, and allows me to mention the ‘B’ word again without fear of being in breach!

I say the ‘B’ word, but Brexit is all about our exit from the EU, and we certainly aren’t going to be doing that on 29 March 2019!  So, could Brexit day be 12 April, or 22 May?  Or could we have the run up to Brexit-day extended further; or Article 50 revoked; or leave the EU without a deal (possible dates suggested on a postcard please); or have another referendum on the same question; or why not the best of three; or have another referendum on whether we like or dislike the proposed withdrawal agreement; or have a referendum on when it is more suitable to say referendums or referenda when discussing multiple referendums/a; or will there be a general election?

The options, although clearly not endless, certainly feel so right now. It’s exhausting keeping up with all the twists and turns and I certainly can’t answer the question of what will happen next with Brexit, but I can answer lots of other questions, for example.

  • What is the fine for not complying with the Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018?
  • Are maternity pay, and the right not be unfairly dismissed, governed by EU law?
  • What new proposed protection may pregnant women benefit from?
  • When is banter considered to be unlawful harassment?
  • If an employee is dismissed and is awaiting appeal prior to a TUPE transfer, does their employment transfer?
  • Do reasonable adjustments transfer under TUPE?
  • What are the Government proposals for employment status?

If you want to know the answers to the above questions, and many more questions, book yourself on the Law on Tour.  The tour runs in April and May throughout the UK, starting in London on Tuesday 2 April 2019. 

The day is packed full of information, tips, and advice that all HR professionals need to know.  We’d love to see you at one of the venues, when I will reveal the answers to the above questions, and who knows, the big ‘B’ question may even have been answered by then. 

I can’t make any promises though…

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