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Aug
18
2016

Termination payments – changes to tax treatment
#Employment

In July last year, we reported that the Government had launched a consultation on simplifying the tax treatment of termination payments. After some delay, it has finally published its response along with draft legislation which sets out the changes it has decided to make....

Aug
15
2016

Vacant Possession: Do I have to remove partitions?
#Dispute Resolution

The exercise of break clauses can cause tenants great difficulty, especially where the break clause is subject to conditions. It is common for break clauses to require “vacant possession” and it can be difficult for a tenant to know what exactly this requires them to do. One question which comes up frequently is whether it is necessary to remove partitions in order to give vacant possession....

Aug
12
2016

The Importance of Employee Engagement: myth or reality?
#Employment

Mentoring programmes can be a key ingredient in creating a positive working environment and in encouraging greater collaboration within organisations. Companies demonstrating their willingness to invest in their employees in this way are more likely to create an engaged workforce....

Aug
12
2016

Right to work - powers to close business premises for non-compliance
#Immigration

If immigration officers have reasonable grounds to believe that an employer is flouting the law, they could close the business for up to 48 hours to carry out a full investigation. ...

Aug
12
2016

Labour leadership candidates battle it out on employment law reform
#Employment

Labour leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith have set out their pledges on employment law reform which we highlight in this blog. ...

Aug
12
2016

Ding dong, the tribunal bells will chime!
#Employment

Employers should take reasonable steps to ensure that sex discrimination and harassment shouldn't occur in the workplace; discrimination claims can carry some hefty penalties. ...

Aug
09
2016

Failure to yield up with vacant possession makes exercise of break clause ineffective
#Real Estate

A recent case to come under the spotlight was Riverside Park Ltd v NHS Property Services Ltd [2016], which emphasised the importance of clearly identifying what a chattel or fixture is in order to ensure vacant possession is given....

Aug
09
2016

Succession of assets situated overseas
#Private Client

Those with businesses in both the UK and overseas are likely to have assets in more than one country. With this in mind, they should seek specialist advice when looking to draw up their Wills....

Aug
09
2016

Houston, have we got a problem? The post-Brexit construction market so far
#Construction

It is clear that we are still trying to assess the outcome of the Brexit vote and in the past month or so there have been some significant, if not rapid, changes within the UK. How has the construction industry been hit so far?...

Aug
08
2016

Winning new customers...the internet way!
#Commercial

LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Flickr...the list keeps growing and with the number of users of social media sites continuing to rise the potential to find new customers online has never been greater. Here are our top tips for using social media to tap into new business.......

Aug
08
2016

No hiding in the shadows - holding directors to account
#Directors' Duties #Dispute Resolution

Two recent cases show the circumstances in which the court will allow contempt proceedings against directors for actions taken by their companies. ...

Aug
08
2016

Investing in the UK – do your homework
#Corporate #Inward Investment

Despite some uncertainty over the UK’s new status and trade relationships post Brexit, the UK remains an attractive place for overseas investment. We continue to see a high level of investments from existing and new international clients into the UK. ...

Aug
05
2016

Supreme Court allows settlement agreement to be set aside due to the employee’s fraud despite employer having suspicion of fraud at the time
#Employment

Settlement agreements may be set aside where a party has entered into that agreement based on the other party’s fraudulent misrepresentations, even where there was a suspicion of fraud prior to entering into such an agreement. ...

Aug
05
2016

If you don’t get it right the first time...comply, comply, comply!
#Immigration

Following Byron Burger's arrests by the Home Office, the chain has been hailed by the Home Office for its full compliance with ‘immigration and asylum law in its employment practices....

Aug
05
2016

Driving Uber to the Tribunal
#Employment

Uber is facing claims from drivers that they are workers rather than self-employed individuals. ...

Jul
29
2016

The Government calls for evidence following concerns that ethnicity is affecting progression in the labour market
#Employment

The department of Business and Innovation Skills has launched a call for evidence which has a number of aims, including to identify potential obstacles BME groups can face in employment. ...

Jul
29
2016

Angela, Theresa, Hillary... who’s next?
#Directors' Duties #Employment

The Government's new review aims to consider how to raise the target of women on the FTSE board of directors. ...

Jul
25
2016

Doomed or dynamic? A choice.
#Employment

Businesses must adapt, not adopt a mindset of doom, in the current times of uncertainty. Human resources must play a crucial role in facilitating adaptation. ...

Jul
22
2016

Dress codes, direct religious discrimination and genuine occupational requirements
#Employment

Employers should continue to treat policies banning employees wearing any visible signs of political, philosophical or religious belief with extreme caution and seek legal advice if they are intending to implement such a ban....

Jul
22
2016

Immigration update: penalties for illegal working
#Immigration

Employers can now be penalised if they have reasonable cause to believe that an employee does not have the legal right to work in the UK....

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