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Apr
10
2018

Getting Ready for GDPR: Key Points
#Commercial #Data Protection

Admittedly, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may not be the most exciting piece of legislation… however, with just over six weeks until it comes into force, the time for ensuring you are fully compliant is NOW!...

Apr
10
2018

Welsh Land Transaction Tax: what you need to know
#Real Estate

From 1 April 2018, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has been replaced for transactions relating to properties in Wales with Land Transaction Tax (LTT). LTT has been introduced pursuant to the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes Act 2017....

Apr
06
2018

Tier 2 Restricted CoS shortage fourth month in a row
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The Tier 2 visa cap has been reached for the fourth month in a row resulting in sponsors being unable to employ workers under the Tier 2 General category from overseas. UKVI data shows that the minimum points required to be successful was 56 – a stark contrast to the usual 21. Many businesses have been trying to secure Restricted CoS since December....

Apr
06
2018

Answering the unknown: Can Respondents respond to unparticularised allegations?
#Employment

In SoS BEIS v Parry and The Trustees of the Williams Jones’s School Foundation, the Court of Appeal (overturning the EAT’s decision) confirmed that even if a claim form has no particulars attached, in some circumstances a Respondent can still respond to the claim....

Apr
06
2018

Ending Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
#Employment

In the wake of various high profile sexual harassment stories in both the UK and the US, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have taken several steps to improve the situation for employees in the UK. This has led to them publishing a report in March this year entitled “Turning the tables: ending sexual harassment at work”....

Apr
06
2018

Increase to Injury to Feelings Awards
#Employment

Further to our previous blog on the tribunals issuing a response to the Vento band consultation for cases presented from 11 September 2017, the Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England, Wales and Scotland have now issued updated joint guidance increasing the Vento bands used to calculate awards for injury to feelings (most commonly seen in discrimination and whistleblowing claims)....

Apr
05
2018

Termination: the pitfalls
#Construction

There are many risks in terminating a contract, particularly in construction contracts - get it wrong and you risk being in breach of contract yourself. The two main pitfalls are:...

Apr
05
2018

Building BIM into the contract
#Construction

We are seeing an increased adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling) in the projects we are advising on across the private sector. Of course, BIM Level 2 became mandatory for use on all UK public sector works in April 2016. The implementation of BIM means that the contract documents for the contractor and through the supply chain and professional consultants will need to consider the specific implications of BIM....

Apr
04
2018

Construction Risk Video - Part 2
#Construction

This video looks at the risks surrounding insolvency in the construction supply chain. ...

Apr
04
2018
Mar
29
2018

Passports and procurement
#Public Procurement

Procurement law has featured heavily in the news this week after it was widely reported that the incumbent British supplier had lost the contract for producing the iconic, blue, post-Brexit British passport, which is to be awarded to a French company. ...

Mar
29
2018

MAC interim report highlights need for low and high skilled EEA labour
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published its interim report on its assessment of the UK labour market after the UK leaves the EU. Whilst the final report is expected to be published in September, the interim report summarises over 400 responses from businesses, industry bodies and government departments. ...

Mar
29
2018

Six month extension for childcare vouchers scheme
#Employment

Childcare voucher schemes were due to close to new entrants on 5th April this year, however, the Government has now announced plans to keep this open for a further 6 months. ...

Mar
29
2018

Constructive Dismissal: Final Straws Cannot Revive Previously Affirmed Breach
#Employment

In Pets at Home Ltd v MacKenzie, the EAT held that if a breach of contract has been affirmed by an employee, a further breach by the employer cannot revive the earlier breach. ...

Mar
27
2018

Helen Beech comments in the Telegraph on ‘Technology is the new business language, how fluent are you?’
#Employment #Press

Business leaders must understand the enabling power of technology and get the right people on board in order to stay ahead of the game...

Mar
23
2018

Home Office update: New visa fees from April 2018
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

New fees for immigration and nationality are to come into effect on 6 April 2018. The changes include increases to Tier 2 work visa fees, indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation applications. ...

Mar
23
2018

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: A warning to all
#Data Protection

The news surrounding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica sends a clear warning to organisations holding and processing personal data - tighten up your data processing and let individuals know what you will be doing with their data! ...

Mar
23
2018

ACAS stats show a rise in claims following abolition of fees
#Employment

According to the ACAS quarterly stats, between April – July 2017 ACAS received around 1,700 notifications a week. This increased by 500 per week following the Supreme Court judgment in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51 handed down on 26th July 2017 abolishing Tribunal Fees....

Mar
23
2018

Redundancy: To bump or not to bump
#Employment

The EAT have held that in a redundancy situation there is no requirement for an employee to raise the issue of bumping in order for the employer to have to consider it. ...

Mar
22
2018

Clarkslegal co-hosted the Thames Valley IT Forum on Leadership
#Information Technology

Clarkslegal co-hosted the Thames Valley IT Forum with James Cowper Kreston, Barclay's and Laudis this morning at the Thames Valley Science Park....

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