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Legal case is hot to trot

HM Revenue & Customs is not a classic source of funnies, 'tis true. But the faintly absurd transcript of the tribunal ruling on whether Subway's toasted sarnies are zero-rated for VAT is a rare exception. This exercise in legalese is a rollicking read and would have you gripped right through to the cliffhanger, had we not blown the ending in our news this week. Here's an extract where solicitor Owain Thomas locks horns with Subway franchise owner Kay Mulligan, who argues that a toasted Meatball Marinara sub is not 'hot food'.


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Pepping up your presentation

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Q We have agreed that a full-time employee can change to part-time hours on a permanent basis. We will shortly be giving them a revised contract to reflect this. But when should we state that their employment started? Is it the date they go part-time or when they first began working for us?

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Can an employee record a disciplinary hearing?

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