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Staff uniforms: National Minimum Wage could be infringed

16 May 2018

In 2015, the clothes retailer Monsoon was ordered to pay more than £100,000 to its employees as a result of underpayment of the National Minimum Wage (NMW). The underpayment resulted from its practice of requiring staff to wear Monsoon clothes at work, and deducting the discounted cost of such clothes from their wages. This resulted […]

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HMLR to introduce “extra checks” on forms DS1: applications to discharge may take longer

11 Apr 2018

As part of HMLR’s improvement to their counter-fraud processes and systems, they have implemented new checks on applications to remove mortgages from title registers. The additional checks are to help identify and prevent fraudulent applications. There are three application routes to remove a mortgage from a title register: 1. Form DS1, which is sent by […]

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International Protection of Designs – UK ratifies the Hague Agreement

06 Apr 2018

On 13 March 2018, the UK completed its final step in joining the Hague Agreement for the protection of industrial designs. As a result, the Hague Agreement will enter into force in the UK on 13 June 2018. The Hague system allows applicants, by way of a single application and fee (filed at the World […]

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Crocs decision: the importance of being ‘snappy’ about protecting your designs

22 Mar 2018

A recent decision from the EU General Court has once again highlighted the serious consequences of disclosing designs before you apply for a Registered Community Design.        Last week, the well-known Crocs shoe design (you either love them or hate them!) was found to be invalid by the General Court. The Court agreed with the […]

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