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Sep
19
2017

Modern slavery in construction supply chains: does your business comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015?
#Construction #Outsourcing & Supply Chain

‘Modern Slavery’ is a term which encapsulates slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, and human trafficking. Recent estimates suggest that as much as 45 million people could be living in modern slavery, a problem that the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”) was introduced to help tackle....

Sep
15
2017

Not Lovin’ It - McDonald’s workers take part in first UK strike
#Employment

Last week McDonald’s was hit by its first strike since first opening its doors in the UK in 1974. Workers took to the picket line amid concerns over low wages and the use of zero-hours contracts....

Sep
15
2017

BBC gets the ball rolling to tackle its gender pay gap
#Employment

Following the controversy surrounding BBC’s gender pay gap report, (please see our report from earlier this summer) it is unsurprising that the broadcaster has quickly announced plans to tackle its gender pay gap....

Sep
15
2017

ACAS publishes guidance on supporting parents with ill or premature babies
#Employment

ACAS has published guidance providing important information for both employees and employers in relation to premature births or full-term births where a child is ill....

Sep
15
2017

Establishing a business presence in the UK – the sole representative visa
#Immigration

Our immigration lawyers have recently seen an increase in enquiries from successful overseas business owners who wish to establish a business presence in the UK. Such individuals have explored the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route but either do not want to live in the UK or do not wish to make a large investment, such as the £200,000 required under the Entrepreneur route....

Sep
12
2017

CG Archive Acquisition Marks 30th for OASIS Group
#Corporate #Press

Clarkslegal, led by corporate lawyers Jon Chapman and Esma Kilic, have advised OASIS Group on all of their UK acquisitions....

Sep
11
2017

Does a commercial tenant in a commercial building have responsibility for fire safety, or should the property owner deal with it?
#Real Estate

The Grenfell Tower fire struck on 14 June 2017 in the 24-storey block of public housing flats in North Kensington, West London, causing at least 80 deaths and initiated a debate into fire safety and the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords. in relation to fire safety in premises, including in commercial, as well as residential, premises....

Sep
08
2017

Victim of fraud? How to identify the perpetrator
#Dispute Resolution #Dispute Resolution

Every day companies and individuals lose money to fraudsters, who hack into email accounts and alter emails sent from companies to their customers, or send sophisticated phishing emails from fake domain names designed to dupe customers into believing they are from a trusted supplier. ...

Sep
07
2017

Increase to damages bands for injury to feelings and psychiatric injury
#Employment

The Presidents of the Employment Tribunal in England, Wales and Scotland have released a joint response to the Vento Bands Consultation (named after the case Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police in which these bands were originally set out). These bands apply to discrimination cases, as well as other specific types of claim such as whistleblowing....

Sep
07
2017

Deposit order disaster: EAT confirms deposit orders should not be used to clarify cases
#Employment

In the case of Tree v South East Coastal Services Ambulance NHS Trust, the EAT held that a Tribunal cannot make a deposit order merely because the Claimant’s case is unclear....

Sep
07
2017

Leaked document on Post Brexit Immigration
#Immigration

The Guardian has obtained a copy of a leaked document setting out the government’s proposals on post-Brexit immigration. ...

Sep
05
2017

Top Tips for avoiding payment disputes
#Construction

Payment disputes continue to be one of the most common problems in the construction industry, and we have published numerous articles on the key court decisions that affect the interpretation of payment provisions...

Sep
05
2017

Payment in Construction Contracts – What’s new?
#Construction

Payment provisions are an industry “hot topic” and the wave of litigation since the 2009 amendments to the Construction Act remains relevant. If you would like a reminder of the principles to follow when applying for or making payment, then see our previous articles here and here....

Sep
01
2017

Government proposes new requirements for companies to reveal pay ratio between bosses and workers
#Employment

The government has announced a series of reforms aimed at increasing boardroom accountability and enhancing trust in business. These are a partial implementation of pledges in the Conservative manifesto for the May 2017 general election, which itself was much less alarming to businesses than Theresa May’s July 2016 Conservative party leadership campaign pledge to have employees represented on company boards....

Sep
01
2017

Asda Equal Value claims latest
#Employment

Last October, we reported the Employment Tribunal decision that 7,000 predominantly female in-store Asda employees, who do work such as shelf-stacking and checkout roles, have common terms of employment with predominantly male warehouse-based employees, despite the different places of work and different job descriptions for the roles in question....

Sep
01
2017

ACAS guidance published on supporting trans employees in the workplace
#Employment

Following a summer filled with Pride events up and down the country, ACAS has also shown its support for the LGBT+ Community through the release of their new research paper, ‘Supporting trans employees in the workplace’....

Sep
01
2017

Tribunal fees: should you prepare for a deluge of claims and what happens next?
#Employment

It has been a tumultuous few years for the Conservative party and the recent Supreme Court ruling has added to the party’s list of woes. The government will now have to repay £32m to parties following the Court’s unanimous decision that the tribunal fee regime was unlawful....

Sep
01
2017

Top London Curry House Re-Opens following Immigration Raid
#Immigration

One of London’s top curry houses, Tayyabs, has re-opened following a 48 hour shutdown by immigration enforcement officers for allegedly employing illegal workers. Family owned Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs closed on Tuesday following an immigration raid which found some of its 40 employees did not have the correct permission to work in the UK....

Aug
31
2017

Directors’ & Officers’ Liability Insurance
#Corporate #Commercial #Directors Duties

We are often asked by directors (both exec and non-exec) of clients about whether their company should have D & O liability insurance in place, and what it does and does not cover....

Aug
30
2017

Home Office admits error in British born Shane Ridge case
#Immigration

This afternoon, the Home Office confirmed that Shane Ridge, the Lancashire born joiner, is indeed a British citizen and they had incorrectly refused his application for Right of Abode. Shane Ridge’s case made headlines this week when it was discovered that despite being born in the UK and spending his entire life here, he was required to leave or face a £5,000 fine or prison sentence. ...

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