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Sep
23
2021

Happiness at work
#Employment

We spend approximately 90,000 hours of our lives at work. The only thing we spend more time doing than working, is sleeping....

Sep
21
2021

Gender pay gap reporting due this October
#Employment

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, employers were given a six month extension for publishing their gender pay gap information for 2020/2021. The Government confirmed enforcement action for failing to report (or providing inaccurate information) would be suspended until 5 October 2021, meaning employers have until 4 October 2021 to publish their information. This date is fast approaching and so employers need to ensure they are ready. ...

Sep
17
2021

ICO publishes enforcement notice after SAR failure
#Employment #Data Protection

Subject Access Requests (SARs) are on the rise as more and more data is collected for social, personal and work purposes. In particular, we have noticed a significant increase within the context of employment and/or workplace disputes. ...

Sep
16
2021

Home Office proposes changes for UK Sponsors
#Immigration

Following the implementation of the new points-based system for UK sponsors, the Home Office has published a white paper detailing their proposed plan and timeline for the roll-out of the delivery of the forthcoming changes to the sponsorship process....

Sep
14
2021

Extension of moratorium on statutory demands for commercial landlords
#Dispute Resolution

The Government has announced a further extension (previously expiring on 30 September) to restrict commercial landlords from pursuing a tenant’s rent arrears through issuing statutory demands. ...

Sep
10
2021

Dealing with a skills shortage
#Immigration

As the UK economy continues to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions of the last 18 months, the number of job vacancies are reaching record highs....

Sep
09
2021

Rejection of flexible working request cost employer £184,000
#Employment

The pandemic has seen employees re-evaluate their working habits and some may try to change their working terms and conditions e.g., working one day less a week, changing their hours and/or place of work. Employees will need to seek approval from their employers. ...

Sep
08
2021

Proposed redundancy figures at seven-year low as furlough scheme winds down
#Employment

Speculators predicted a surge in redundancies this autumn as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to an end on the 30th September. However, this surge doesn’t appear to be forthcoming. ...

Sep
08
2021

Can I turn my shop into a residential property?
#Commercial Real Estate

We saw significant changes to the commercial use classes system in September 2020. However, one of the most significant adjustments has been implemented without much fanfare or publicity. It is the change that was put in force since 1 August 2021 permitting development to convert shops into residential units; (Use class E to use class C3). ...

Sep
02
2021

Discrimination during recruitment
#Employment

There were 835,000 job vacancies recorded by the Office of National Statistics between May and July 2021 and, this is good news as it shows the economy is recovering from the pandemic. However, organisations must review their recruitment procedures to ensure they are compliant with anti-discrimination laws....

Sep
01
2021

Adjusted right to work checks extended once again
#Immigration

Following positive feedback about the ability to conduct right to work checks remotely, the end date for the adjusted checks has been extended to 5 April 2022. ...

Aug
26
2021

Can a dismissal be fair without an appeal hearing? 
#Employment

Employees with two year’s continuous service have the right not to be unfairly dismissed (and no length of services is required in cases of ‘automatically unfair’ dismissals). But can a dismissal be deemed fair with an appeal hearing? ...

Aug
20
2021

Staying put - Rebecca Hone in Governance and Compliance Magazine
#Press #UK Immigration

Rebecca Hone, Immigration Associate at Clarkslegal publishes in Governance and Compliance Magazine on how employers can ensure their EU employees have the right to remain in the UK after the 1 July....

Aug
18
2021

Personal data transfers to the US – help on the way?
#Employment #Data Protection

Many organisations have been struggling with a GDPR grey area since the Schrems II litigation....

Aug
18
2021

Preparing for the end of furlough
#Employment

The furlough scheme has entered its final two months. The scheme has cost an estimated £64 billion and supported around 11.6 million jobs since its inception on 20 March 2020. At its peak in January of this year, it is estimated that some 5.1 million workers were on the furlough scheme. ...

Aug
18
2021

New duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment
#Employment

Sexual harassment in the workplace has been against the law for decades, but the UK Government has confirmed it will take steps to introduce a new legal duty in this area ’when parliamentary time allows’. ...

Aug
13
2021

Can homeworkers be paid less?
#Employment

Employees are now gradually returning to the office, following months of being ordered to work from home. In doing so, a debate has started over whether those who remain at home should be paid the same as their commuting colleagues. ...

Aug
11
2021

Ocado offers work from abroad remotely: Employment law implications
#Employment

Online grocer Ocado have announced that they will be allowing staff to work remotely from any overseas location of choice for one month each year. This bid comes as employers start to re-think their ways of working and how these may change post pandemic. ...

Aug
10
2021

Do I need an EPC on the sale or let of a listed building?
#Commercial Real Estate

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal requirement when constructing, selling or renting out a building. The purpose of an EPC, as you might expect, is to show the energy efficiency of a property. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. There are, however, commercial EPC exemptions. ...

Aug
09
2021

Company Voluntary Arrangements: An Overview
#Business Recovery & Insolvency #Commercial #Corporate

A CVA is one of a number of insolvency procedures designed to address a company’s financial difficulties by entering into a binding contract with its unsecured creditors, i.e. those who do not have the benefit of any security interest in the assets of the company. These are likely to include: customers, suppliers, contractors, landlords etc....

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