I am writing here on behalf of my mum.
My mum works for one of the major food retailers.
One day, in the store canteen there was an independent advisor who had set a desk for the day to talk to staff about tax relief/rebates etc.
The main points were about how you can claim back allowance for washing your own work uniform and stuff like that.
The company that were allowed by the retailers was called UK Tax Refund Limited.
As you can imagine,
many staff members at the store, and at 3 other stores around the area were interested in this advice.
Unfortunately this has since turned into a bit of spoof, in that people were asked to sign forms in which they were assuming they were giving permission for the person to act their behalf to claim back rebates/ allowances ect.
However it now appears that the extra small print on the forms gave up far more than that.
I dont have the exact details as this is third hand information, but it appears people have signed away certain rights etc.
What I want to ask is,
surely the retailer has liability here for any loses suffered from this.
The retailer allowed the company in and set up on their premises.
From a staff point of view,
they did not seek out the advise,
it was brought to them.
the staff all made the assumptions that this was something sponsored by the employer, and was therefore safe.
at this moment the retailer is washing their hands of it, stating that any member signing a form accepts responsibility for their actions.
Surely that cannot be true.
What would be the best course of action for the staff here to get the retailer to acknowledge their liability in this by allowing a company on their property without checking credentials, or, even telling the staff that this was an independant company and in no way affiliated with the retailer?
Is there a class action here?
we are talking about lots of people across multiple stores that were miss-sold advice.