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London Fashion Week: Model Rights?

As models are flown in from across the globe for London Fashion Week, we take the opportunity to remind businesses of their responsibilities towards models under UK employment law. Last summer, we blogged on the movement gathering momentum both in the UK and further afield to ensure that models’ working conditions provide adequate protection. The … Continue Reading

What every employer in England and Wales needs to know: Looking back at 2013 and forward to 2014

Last year saw the introduction of a plethora of UK employment law changes, many of which were designed to simplify employment law and reduce “red-tape” for employers. Below, we summarise these changes, future changes and the implications for brand businesses.  Changes during 2013 Unfair Dismissal. The compensatory award an Employment Tribunal may order for an … Continue Reading

Abercrombie and Fitch under investigation in France over potentially discriminatory recruitment policies

Abercrombie and Fitch – renowned for its attractive shirtless model hosts greeting customers at store entrances – is currently under investigation by the French human rights watchdog (Defenseur des Droits) over claims that it hires employees based solely on their good looks. The watchdog is concerned that Abercrombie’s recruitment methods are based on discriminatory criteria … Continue Reading

UK Government cracking down on use of unpaid interns

The on-going debate concerning the use of unpaid interns resurfaced last week, as the UK Employment Relations Minister, Jo Swinson, handed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) a list of 100 companies — including many in the fashion industry — accused of breaching national minimum wage (NMW) laws by using unpaid interns in paid roles. The … Continue Reading