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    Supreme Court upholds decision of Court of Appeal in finding that volunteer without contract is not covered by discrimination law

    X v Mid Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau and another [2012] UKSC 59 Volunteers are often the key ingredient to the successful running of an organisation in the third sector and also in the world of sport. After appeals from the Employment Tribunal through to the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court have now ruled in favour of Mid Sussex and against Ms X, concluding that a volunteer without a contract is not covered by discrimination law under the Equality Act or otherwise under the Equal Treatment Directive.

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    Christmas Parties - Employment issues

    The Christmas party is an event which all staff look forward to. It's a chance to relax and enjoy colleagues' company, to reward employees for the year past and to look forward to the year to come. Whilst most parties pass with no more concern than the dodgy dance moves, organisers should bear in mind some simple steps to take to help the event pass without incident and reduced risk.

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    New Crofting Register Goes Live

    The much anticipated Crofting Register has now gone live, having opened on 30 November. The new map-based Register will be maintained by the Registers of Scotland, though the Crofting Commission will be involved in checking and scrutinising applications to the new Register.