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Jun
19
2018

UK government announces new start up visa route
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Last week, Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to introduce a new start up visa for entrepreneurs. The new start up visa will launch in Spring 2019 and is expected to replace the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur scheme. The announcement was made during London Tech Week and the government hopes a simpler visa route will create a favourable environment for entrepreneurs. ...

Jun
19
2018

Will HR be Human or Hybrid?
#Press #Employment #Information Technology

As huge numbers of employees face displacement by technology over the coming decade, nearly half all jobs in manufacturing according to some, what is the HR agenda to mitigate the human cost of this technological revolution?...

Jun
18
2018

How might AI and Blockchain impact on HR?
#Employment #Information Technology

Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and Blockchain are becoming more prominent, with ever-increasing uses. But how could such developments impact HR?...

Jun
15
2018

‘Serious misconduct’ dismissals- Must there be prior warnings?
#Employment

The recent EAT decision of Quintiles Commercial v Barongo held that even in the absence of any prior warnings, a dismissal for misconduct is not necessarily unfair where the conduct is labelled ‘serious misconduct’ rather than ‘gross misconduct’. The Tribunals need to consider the circumstances as a whole when assessing the decision to dismiss....

Jun
15
2018

Avoiding a Red Card: Acas publish employer guidance for the FIFA World Cup
#Employment

With kick off for the FIFA World Cup on Thursday 14 June, Acas have released guidance for employers on managing workplaces during this time. ...

Jun
15
2018

Pimlico Plumbers – Appeal dismissed
#Employment

As we blogged, back in August, Pimlico Plumbers (“Pimlico”) were granted the right to appeal to the Supreme Court against a finding that one of its plumbers was a worker and not self-employed. Now, the Supreme Court has spoken and, as expected, it has dismissed Pimlico’s appeal....

Jun
14
2018

Dixons Carphone admits major data breach
#Employment

Dixons Carphone’s review of data and its systems disclosed massive unauthorised access to 5.9 million customer cards and 1.2 million personal records. The incident gathers attention after both GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 (‘DPA 2018’) came into force on 25 May 2018....

Jun
13
2018

Are YouTube beauty vloggers changing the way you look?
#Information Technology #Media & Entertainment

In recent years, the cosmetics industry has seen explosive growth which can be attributed to beauty vloggers dominating beauty space on YouTube. BBC News reports that in 2017, global sales of makeup reached £35bn and it is predicted that in 2018, sales will increase by 6%....

Jun
12
2018

House of Fraser in Hot Water: the rise of Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs)
#Corporate #Commercial

House of Fraser is the latest high-profile CVA in the retail sector but it’s not just the retail sector which has been inundated: the latest government statistics show that there has been an 85.5% increase in the use of CVAs.[1]...

Jun
12
2018

Telecommunications Code
#Real Estate #Information Technology

The new telecommunications code came into force in December 2017. The act is an innovative step which is designed to give licensed telecoms operators statutory rights to place, and keep equipment, on private land. The aim is to improve connectivity; however, the code raises several issues which Landowners need to be alive to....

Jun
08
2018

Time off for Public Duties extended
#Employment

Under the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employer must allow employees time off for public duties. The Time off for Public Duties Order 2018 comes into force on 1st October 2018 and extends these rights. The right will now also be available to individuals who monitor conditions in places such as court custody, Scottish prisons, immigration removal centres and immigration facilities at ports and airports....

Jun
08
2018

GDPR: Not the end of the story as the DPA 2018 comes into force
#Data Protection

The 25th May 2018 has now come and gone and the GDPR has come into force. ...

Jun
08
2018

Investor Briefing: Raising £3-15m Finance for Cleantech Companies
#Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups #Information Technology

Forbury Investment Network, in association with Rushlight Events and Ingenious, held a successful Investor Briefing on Raising £3-15m Finance for Cleantech Companies, on 24th May 2018....

Jun
08
2018

Tier 2 Sponsors: Renewing your sponsor licence
#Immigration #Inward Investment

A sponsor licence is valid for 4 years and Tier 2 sponsors must ensure that they submit a renewal application in good time to avoid losing the ability to sponsor workers. Whilst the application process is straightforward, there are some key steps an Authorising Officer must take before authorising a renewal....

Jun
06
2018

Construction: on the brink of a digital revolution?
#Information Technology #Construction

For many people, “construction” conjures images of scaffolding, bricklaying, and piledriving. But there’s always been more to it than that, and new technologies are increasingly disrupting established practices and processes....

Jun
05
2018

The Hackitt report: a “golden thread” to guide the construction industry?
#Construction

Dame Judith Hackitt recently published her report, Building a Safer Future. The report was commissioned by the Government as an independent review of Building Regulations and fire safety, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire last year. ...

Jun
05
2018

Construction Risk- Video Part 4
#Construction

In the final of our interview videos from the seminar earlier in the year, Partner and head of the construction team, David Rintoul discusses with Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein of BSRIA the benefits and advantages of working with the ‘soft landings’ framework, along with some of the contractual and commercial risks to consider....

Jun
05
2018

The technology of talent management
#Information Technology #Employment

Technology is rapidly changing the way businesses manage talent. Businesses, new and established, are launching solutions based on everything from artificial intelligence (AI) to blockchain to big data and augmented and virtual reality....

Jun
01
2018

Zero-hour employee entitled to compare himself to full-time employee
#Employment

The EAT has held, in Roddis v Sheffield Hallam University, that an employee on a zero hour contract can compare himself to a full-time employee for the purposes of pursuing a claim under the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (the Regulations). The Regulations provide protection for part-time workers against less favourable treatment on the ground of their part-time status. ...

Jun
01
2018

Disability and knowledge of the consequence
#Employment

In the case of City of York Council v Grosset, the Court of Appeal (COA) upheld a decision that an employer was liable for discrimination arising from a disability when it dismissed an employee due to misconduct, even though the employer was not aware that the employee’s conduct was due to his disability. The claimant was Head of English at a school and suffered with cystic fibrosis....

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