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May
17
2019

Mental Health Awareness Week
#Employment

According to The Government's Department of Health, 25% of us will experience mental health issues at some point in our lives. A study conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development...

May
17
2019

Retail staff may be entitled to extra payment for opening and closing their store
#Employment

Whilst it may be common place for retail staff to open and close their stores outside of their contractual hours, employers should be wary and ensure that everyone adequately remunerated for such activities. In the recent case Fitz v Holland and Barrett, Employment Judge Siddall posited such advice in her judgement. ...

May
16
2019

Spouse Visa – Is your relationship genuine and subsisting?
#Immigration

For years many couples have become frustrated by the requirements for a spouse visa as the rules and guidance are difficult to understand. A significant amount of applications are rejected on the basis of the applicant not providing the adequate documents to evidence the relationship requirement....

May
14
2019

Cross-Channel ferries: expensive procurement lessons to be learned
#Public Procurement

Last week it was reported that the Department for Transport was cancelling two contracts to provide cross-Channel ferry services it hastily entered into in January, in anticipation of a no-deal Brexit. The cancellation of the contracts is expected to cost more than £50million....

May
09
2019

Companies failing to bring workers to the board
#Employment #Corporate

A report released by the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has revealed that just 5% of companies would appoint an employee to their board of directors, despite a push by the Government to improve employee participation in board meetings. Under the Corporate Governance Code, companies are asked to strengthen the “employee voice” in boardrooms....

May
09
2019

Knowledge of disability - Employer’s knowledge of Claimant’s disability at appeal stage of disciplinary proceedings was relevant and should have been considered by Tribunal
#Employment

In the recent case of Baldeh v Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District Ltd, the EAT allowed an appeal by a Claimant against the Tribunal’s decision to reject her claim for disability related discrimination. Whilst it was found that the Respondent did not have knowledge of the Claimant’s disability (either actual or constructive) prior to dismissing her, it had gained this knowledge when it was told of her depression at the appeal hearing....

May
09
2019

Adjudication procured by fraud – how does the court deal with that?
#Construction

A good chunk of the TCC’s business concerns the enforcement of arbitration awards. It is well known that there are very limited circumstances in which it will refuse to do so. One such ground is where the adjudication award was procured by fraud and we reported last year on the unsuccessful attempt in Gosvenor v Aygun....

May
08
2019

Effect of the notice or certificate of making good defects under a JCT contract
#Construction

In Swansea Stadium Management Company Ltd v City & County of Swansea and another [2019] EWHC 989 it was held that a notice or certificate of making good defects is conclusive that identified defects have been made good....

May
08
2019

Investing in the UK: The Tier 1 Investor Visa
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

The UK’s economy is extremely resilient and continues to provide foreign investors with a stable base to access European markets and beyond. Following the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, the Tier 1 Investor visa has become the primary choice for a significant number of investors to come to the UK....

May
03
2019

E-gates open to US nationals and six other countries from June 2019
#Immigration #UK Immigration #US Nationals #e-gate #EU nationals #passport

The days of US nationals and nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea waiting in long queues for UK border control are numbered. From June 2019, nationals of these countries will be granted automatic entry to visit using the Electronic gates...

May
03
2019

Opportunity for all: HR and social mobility
#Employment

The 2018-2019 report of the Social Mobility Commission, released this week, provides an opportunity for HR professionals to consider ways to add further value to businesses....

May
02
2019

The importance of workplace culture – is your organisation “stuck in its ways”
#Employment

“Culture is the sum of a company’s values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviours and attitudes” according to the co-founder of communications platform Speakap the company responsible for a new survey on the importance of workplace culture....

May
01
2019

‘Clarkslegal Announce Sponsorship of Henley Business Angels’ – Ashan Arif comments for UK Business Angels Association
#Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups #Press

Henley Business Angels (HBA) is delighted to welcome leading Thames Valley commercial law firm, Clarkslegal LLP, as a new sponsor....

Apr
30
2019

Menopause matters – CIPD launches new guidance to help workplaces tackle the taboo
#Employment

Research from the CIPD suggests that menopause in the workplace remains mismanaged and shrouded in silence, despite impacting an increasing number of employees. The NHS states that the average age for menopause transition in the UK is 51. ...

Apr
30
2019

CIPD and PA consulting highlight lack of HR input in automation
#Information Technology #Employment

We are a “long way from the ‘robots will take my job’ anxiety that dominates the media’s image of AI and automation” states Katherine Henley, workforce transformation expert at PA Consulting. ...

Apr
29
2019

Hey that's my content - now YouTube, where's my licence?
#Information Technology #Commercial

You may have heard that the EU Council has voted in favour of the Copyright Directive passed by the EU Parliament. Existing copyright law within the EU is complicated and varies from country to country. ...

Apr
26
2019

Gender Pay Gap: Study reveals that men are more likely to ask for a pay rise than women
#Employment

A survey conducted by CV-Library on 1,200 UK workers has revealed that 64% of men were comfortable asking for a pay rise, compared to just 43% of women. On top of this, when women did ask for a pay rise, this averaged at around 2% of their salary, in comparison to men receiving a rise between 3-5%....

Apr
26
2019

Preparing for changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35)
#Employment

Reforms to the tax framework known as IR35 have been lurking in the background since autumn 2018 when the government announced its intention to extend the regime to the private sector. ...

Apr
26
2019

Cybercrime, it can happen to anyone.
#Information Technology

The takeaway from the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2019 is that Cybercrime can happen to us all. It’s a real threat that can have crippling effects on businesses in both the short term, as they can lead to the loss of valuable data and resources, and in the long term, as it often results in the breakdown of existing client relationships and the ability to attract new ones. ...

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