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Jan
01
2018

Monica Atwal comments in Metro on ‘What happens if your job makes you take a drugs test and you fail?’
#Employment #Press

It’s the morning after the night before, and you’ve done something that really wasn’t a good idea. And it just so happens that today is the one day in your career that your boss has decided to randomly drug test some of the workers....

Dec
22
2017

Criminal conviction for Loss Adjustors who used illegally obtained data
#Employment #Data Protection

With the constant risk of fraud, investigating claims is a priority for many insurance firms. However, a recent case has shown how this can lead to a breach of data protection legislation and criminal sanctions. ...

Dec
22
2017

Ghosts of Christmas Past: using Christmas bonus to bypass collective bargaining comes back to haunt employer
#Employment

Earlier this year we reported on the Tribunal decision in Dunkley and others v Kostal UK Ltd, involving an attempt to induce staff to give up their collective bargaining rights by informing them directly that failure to agree terms would lead to “no Christmas bonus”. ...

Dec
21
2017

Zafar Kanani comments for IDG Connect on 'Is Bitcoin a bubble?'
#Commercial #Press

Released in 2009 as open source software, Bitcoin has quickly become one of the world’s most notable cryptocurrencies and payment systems. The digital currency is so lucrative because it’s decentralised by design, meaning it doesn’t need access to a central bank or administrator....

Dec
15
2017

Tier 2 & 5 Priority Service for Sponsors
#Immigration

Last year, UK Visas & Immigration launched the Tier 2 and 5 priority change of circumstances service for business sponsors. UKVI’s current processing time for requests via the SMS is 18 weeks – which as our clients know is 18 weeks too long....

Dec
15
2017

Home Office fines show the true cost of not carrying out immigration checks
#Immigration

The Home Office has recently published its quarterly figures for the number of illegal workers identified between April and June 2017. The figures show that illegal workers are not just isolated cases....

Dec
15
2017

Employers could be liable for data breaches by rogue employees
#Data Protection #Employment

In 2014 an employee of Morrisons supermarkets posted payroll information (including names, addresses, bank accounts and salaries) of 99,988 colleagues online and sent the same to newspapers. ...

Dec
15
2017

Fit for work assessments to be scrapped
#Employment

The Government’s Fit for Work assessment scheme is to end following low referral rates, marking the beginning of a revised strategy to get more disabled people into the workplace....

Dec
12
2017

Poem: Christmas Parties
#Employment

It’s that festive time again The Christmas party’s here...

Dec
12
2017

Toblerone vs Twin Peaks
#Commercial #Corporate #Dispute Resolution

Poundland’s Twin Peaks chocolate bar has recently gone on sale and it’s already creating a buzz, with a rival issuing legal proceedings. Why all the fuss?...

Dec
11
2017

Is the Local Pub Becoming a More Attractive Commercial Option?
#Real Estate

The slow decline of the local has been well publicised in recent years; exacerbated by the price of your pint in the pub remaining high compared with supermarket beer and food sold in pubs being subject to VAT, while food sold in supermarkets is not....

Dec
11
2017

82% of businesses not ready for GDPR
#Data Protection

A survey conducted by Finance.co.uk has revealed a wide scope of organisations (across the private and public sectors) may be at risk of breach. Crucial updates to policies have so far not been made by 82% of businesses. This leaves them at risk of both reputational and brand damage, alongside regulatory action which could result in hefty fines....

Dec
11
2017

Monica Atwal speaks to the Daily Star ‘No job is safe’ Expert says robots will spark GLOBAL migration and unemployment crisis
#Employment #Press

EVERY job in the world is under threat from being stolen by a robot in a pattern that could spark a migration crisis, a leading expert has warned....

Dec
08
2017

Why honesty is always the best policy, when it comes to capability
#Employment

Mr Rawlinson was dismissed by Brightside Group for poor performance, however, to soften the blow, Brightside told Mr Rawlinson that the reason for his dismissal was because his role was being outsourced following a restructure....

Dec
08
2017

Second bite at the cherry: time limits and amendments to claims
#Employment

Prior to the case of Galilee v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, it was understood that an amendment to a claim takes effect from the date of the original claim and that it’s essential for the Tribunal to consider any jurisdictional points (such as whether the claim is in time) when deciding whether or not to grant the application as, once the application has been granted, the Respondent would be prevented from raising such an argument. ...

Dec
07
2017

Monica Atwal comments on the harassment backlash against women in the workplace
#Employment #Supply Chain Governance #Press

Facebook's CEO Sheryl Sandberg took to Facebook to speak out about harassment in the workplace towards women. ...

Dec
06
2017

A Year in Review: Construction 2017 Roundup
#Construction

With 2018 fast approaching, we look back at five key things we think have shaped the past 12 months for both the industry and construction law. ...

Dec
06
2017

Microsoft unveil Compliance Manager to assist in GDPR compliance
#Data Protection

With the GDPR deadline looming and companies racing to get ready, Microsoft have recently launched Compliance Manager, a new tool, to help companies meet the requirements of GDPR....

Dec
06
2017

Architect negligent because of client’s budget in Riva Properties v Foster + Partners
#Construction

A decision in October 2017 looked at whether the standard RIBA scope of services meant that an architect was required to ascertain and comply with a client’s budget when designing a project: Riva Properties Limited v Foster + Partners Limited [2017] EWHC 2574....

Dec
04
2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan campaigns for ‘fair and flexible’ visa system
#Immigration

The London Mayor has kicked off a week long trade mission to India and Pakistan by criticising the British government’s current stringent visa policy. Speaking in Mumbai, Sadiq Khan said he was “lobbying” with the government to change its visa policy and it was in London’s best interests to keep Britain open to highly skilled workers....

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