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Jan
23
2020

What is the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC)?
#Immigration

From 6 April 2017, employers are liable to pay an Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) if they want to sponsor a skilled migrant from outside of the EEA to work for them in the UK. The purpose of the ISC is to incentivise employers to train British workers and to deter employers in recruiting migrant workers unless necessary. This was aimed at closing the skills gap created in the labour market....

Jan
22
2020

Nordics exempt from EU’s new statutory minimum wage
#Employment

The past month has seen heated debate between certain Nordic countries and the EU, over the EU’s plans to implement a statutory minimum wage framework applicable across all member states....

Jan
21
2020

Guarantees on lease renewal
#Real Estate

We have recently been contacted by a client who wants to renew his lease of offices which is protected by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. ...

Jan
21
2020

Employment Tribunal reasoning required
#Employment

In Duncan Lewis Solicitors Ltd v Miss M Puar the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) clarified the steps that need to be considered when considering a strike out. ...

Jan
21
2020

April 2020 Contract Changes: Less than 3 months to go so here’s our practical guide on steps to take now…
#Employment

We blogged previously on the changes coming in April 2020 to statements of employment particulars....

Jan
21
2020

LET’S GET PRACTICAL: IR35 changes less than 3 months away! Top Tips to Prepare…
#Employment

IR35 are tax rules that apply when services are provided to a client via an intermediary (like a limited company or personal service company). ...

Jan
17
2020

Minimum wage: Don’t get caught out
#Employment

Government consultation on Labour Market Enforcement strategy for 2020/2021 is open until 24 January 2020. At the same time, a report by the Resolution Foundation released this month shows that, as legal minimum wage rates have risen, so has non-compliance....

Jan
17
2020

Driver subjected to sexual advances and biased grievance process was constructively dismissed
#Employment

A female driver who was sexually harassed by her manager and supervisor has won her claim for constructive unfair dismissal. ...

Jan
17
2020

A birthday to remember? A legal secretary loses age discrimination claim after 50th birthday “well wishes”
#Employment

In Munro v Sampson Coward LLP, a legal secretary claimed she was subjected to age discrimination when a colleague, who was of a similar age to her, made a comment about her 50th birthday. ...

Jan
15
2020

How to meet the financial requirement for a spouse visa: Salaried and non-salaried employment FAQs
#Immigration

Following on from our previous blog, there are a number of sources of income which can be relied on to meet the financial requirement for a spouse visa. ...

Jan
14
2020

The Rewards and Risks of the ‘Subject to Contract’ Label
#Corporate #Commercial

Following the recent decision in Farrar v Rylatt [2019], it is clear that use of the phrase ‘subject to contract’ continues to create work for lawyers in commercial situations and relationships. ...

Jan
14
2020

Share buybacks and payments
#Corporate #Commercial

The concept of share buybacks is a useful one. The ability for a company to buy back its own shares is seen as a useful tool for capital re-organisations and a tax efficient way in which to remove a shareholder or class of shareholders....

Jan
14
2020

Removing a Director under the Companies Act
#Commercial #Corporate

The Companies Act 2006 contains a right for members of the Company to seek the removal of a director from office by convening a general meeting of its members and passing an ordinary resolution. This provision is seen as sacrosanct in the Companies Act 2006 – any attempt to exclude this right in the Companies articles of association would be unenforceable. ...

Jan
14
2020

Lending money to Directors
#Corporate

It is not unusual for a Company to lend money to a director of a Company, nor is it unlawful. However, there are a number of points to consider, including declarations of interest and how this sits with the constitution of the Company and a directors’ statutory duties generally and also the treatment of the loan from a tax perspective – not only for the director but the Company too....

Jan
10
2020

You can’t defend an equal pay claim with assumptions and assertions
#Employment

In a judgment released today, Samira Ahmed has won her equal pay claim against the BBC. Her fee for presenting Newswatch was more than six times lower than Jeremy Vine’s fee for presenting Points Of View....

Jan
10
2020

What to expect in 2020: Immigration Update In 10, January 2020
#Immigration

Immigration law on its own is a complex web of rules, however it is rapidly changing, especially with the changes which are being introduced by the Prime Minister. It is difficult to keep up to date, particularly in anticipation of Brexit. Therefore, we are launching a series of short and concise podcasts, to keep you up to date with important changes. This will include changes in legislation, significant case-law and Brexit updates. ...

Jan
09
2020

Should employers really be held to account in cases of vicarious liability?
#Employment

Employment lawyers and business alike are awaiting a Supreme Court ruling, which is expected in February, regarding whether or not one of the largest UK banks should be liable for the acts of a doctor hired to carry out pre-employment medical checks. ...

Jan
07
2020

Ethical veganism is a philosophical belief protected by law
#Employment

The Tribunal in Casamitjana Costa v The League Against Cruel Sports has ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief protected under the Equality Act 2010. ...

Jan
03
2020

The Best in Britain - Global Talent Visa
#Immigration #Global Talent Visa #Exceptional Talent Visa #UK Immigration

If you are the best in research and science, have notable achievements in your career and are searching for a new challenge then the new Global Talent visa may be of interest to you....

Jan
02
2020

Oxford Professor wins age discrimination claim
#Employment

A former physics professor at Oxford University has won his claims of age discrimination and unfair dismissal after he was forced to retire following his 68th birthday. ...

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