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Aug
12
2020

The Increased Prevalence of Settlement Agreements
#Employment

A settlement agreement is a contract entered into by an employer and employee whereby the employee agrees to waive certain claims they may have in return for some form of consideration. Usually the agreement will involve an end to the employment relationship but not always. ...

Aug
11
2020

Furlough: Report suggests continued working and lack of equality
#Employment

The Guardian has reported that, according to a recent report, two thirds of workers continued to work whilst they were furloughed, contrary to the rules of the scheme. Of these, 22% of men and 17% of women said that they were formally asked to continue working by their employer....

Aug
11
2020

Successful court case for unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and equal pay
#Employment

The Clarkslegal employment team lead by Managing Partner, Monica Atwal were pleased to support Nadine in her successful unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and equal pay case against Splunk....

Aug
10
2020

The CBI’s 6-step action plan for “no surprise” local lockdowns
#Employment

At the end of July we saw the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, make a last-minute announcement on Twitter of new local lockdown impositions, which were due to come into force less than three hours after his tweet had been posted online. The way in which the Government ...

Aug
07
2020

Can employers make COVID-19 testing mandatory?
#Employment #Health & Safety

Government guidance sets out that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, should be tested. As employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees, which includes mitigating the risks of COVID-19, it is likely that employers can justify a mandatory requirement for employees who exhibit symptoms to be tested in order to meet this duty....

Aug
06
2020

Series A Funding in the Current Climate- Not all Doom and Gloom?
#Commercial #Podcasts and Webinars

It is generally accepted that Series A funding is crucial to the development and scale up of early stage business. Funding generally was very competitive prior to lock down, but with the obvious economic pressures brought about by Covid-19, what is the view moving forward and how does a business seeking such funding best prepare for investment discussion?...

Aug
06
2020

Business Angel Investment in a post COVID-19 landscape: For Growing Companies
#Corporate #Podcasts and Webinars #Commercial

This article sets out the key themes covered in the Clarkslegal webinar. The webinar was hosted by Stuart Mullins, of Clarkslegal LLP, Steve Royffe, of the Dorset Business Angels and Zafar Kanani, of the Forbury Investment Network....

Aug
05
2020

"Self-employed” hairdresser found to be employee
#Employment

The Claimant, a hairdresser, sought to pursue claims for unfair dismissal, notice pay, holiday pay and redundancy pay following ...

Jul
30
2020

Furlough: increased redundancy and notice pay for some employees
#Employment

The government has announced today a new law, effective from tomorrow (31 July 2020) introducing changes regarding payments on termination of employment to employees who are, or have been, furloughed....

Jul
29
2020

Settlement offers and redundancies: the cost of getting it wrong
#Employment

As the furlough scheme starts to be phased out from the end of this week, the ongoing economic Covid-19 related downturn means that increasing numbers of businesses are having to announce redundancies....

Jul
29
2020

Radical planning changes to come into Force
#Real Estate

From 1st September 2020 radical reforms will be made to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (“the Use Classes Order”). The changes will be the biggest of their kind since the Use Classes Order was introduced over 30 years ago, and form part of a range of measures introduced by the Government to cut planning ‘red tape’ and allow greater flexibility of land-use to adapt to the changing needs of our high streets and communities....

Jul
29
2020

'Grace period’ announced for those unable to leave the UK by 31 July 2020
#Immigration

The UK government has published ‘last-minute’ guidance for individuals who are unable to leave the UK by 31 July 2020. The additional extension is termed a ‘grace period’, which means that individuals will not be penalised if they have overstayed their visa between 24 January 2020 to 31 August 2020....

Jul
28
2020

Local authority investment in commercial property criticised – but is this the way forward?
#Real Estate #Public Sector

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published a report on 14 July on “Local Authority investment in commercial property”, ...

Jul
28
2020

Furlough and COVID-19 Employer Obligations Update
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

A new report by the federation of small businesses found that almost 25% of companies have already reduced their staff numbers in the last quarter, ...

Jul
24
2020

The Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa route opens from January 2021
#Immigration

The UK government has finally published official guidance on the new Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa....

Jul
24
2020

Can I extend my property without getting permission?
#Real Estate

The Government has announced further changes to ‘Permitted Development Rights’ which will allow homeowners to add up to two additional storeys to their home through a fast track approval process, ...

Jul
22
2020

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
#Employment

Earlier this month, after being criticised for comments he made about the Black Lives Matter movement, Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer made a promise during his LBC radio show that he would undertake unconscious bias training. ...

Jul
22
2020

Employment contracts can be split between multiple transferees
#Employment

UK Case law has established that TUPE can still apply to business transfers where the undertaking is transferred to multiple transferees provided the undertaking does not lose its identity. Further, TUPE can apply to service provision changes in the same circumstances provided it is possible to identity to which contractor the individuals transfer....

Jul
20
2020

Is the retail sector about to “Turnover” a new lease?
#Real Estate

This week, it was reported that the Crown Estate has written to some of its tenants, offering them the option of paying a turnover rent. ...

Jul
20
2020

Women in Property: Leading Ladies Event
#Real Estate

The South East branch of Women in Property recently hosted a virtual “Leading Ladies” Event with guest speaker Kate Davies, CEO of Notting Hill Genesis who are one of the largest housing providers in the country. ...

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