Friday, April 13, 2012

FindLaw UK Newsletter 13.04.12

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Two weeks have flown by since the last newsletter. In that time we've had a lovely long Easter weekend, which was good, and the start of a longer qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims, which is bad - for workers.

The new rules, which came into force on 6 April, mean that to claim unfair dismissal you must have been in your job for at least two years.

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Home Office agrees to visa freeze, but new legislation is still complex
The Government has announced that it will freeze the cap on migrant workers' visas at £20,700 until April 2014.
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Tamil group to challenge Foreign Secretary for complicity over war crimes

Major licensing company clarifies position after ECJ ruling

Health secretary's blitz on abortion clinics may cost £1m

Satellite boxes may become law to make driving safer
 
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Nude maid service borders on illegal
Is it legal to set up a business which provides 'fantasy' nude maids to people's homes? Not in Texas, so long as the service provided is not intended to titillate or if you have a permit to operate a sexually oriented business.
 
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Man calls police to rescue him from nympho

Russian man goes on rampage in Nissan car showroom

Bride fakes cancer to raise cash for dream wedding and honeymoon

Fast and furious rickshaw race through London ends in arrest
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Weird laws from the UK: lions and cannons

Bad news for fans of lion fights in London: according to the Metropolitan Police Act 1839, it is illegal to keep or manage a place specifically "for the purpose of fighting or baiting lions, bears, badgers, cocks, dogs, or other animals". Anyone caught doing so may face up to one month in prison or a fine of up to £2,500.

Within the same legislation there is a law preventing people from firing cannons of "greater calibre than a common fowling-piece within three hundred yards of any dwelling house within the said district to the annoyance of any inhabitant thereof". So please refrain from firing your cannon and annoying your neighbours or face a fine of up to £200.

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