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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. ...

Apr
24
2019

EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
#Immigration #Inward Investment

If you are a non-EEA family member and your family member has been granted pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you can either travel or join them in the UK on an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit. If you are a non-EEA family member and your family member has been granted pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you can either travel or join them in the UK on an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit. Requirements...

Apr
23
2019

Using s35 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 to vary the service charge provisions in a lease
#Real Estate

Section 35 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (LTA 1987) (as amended by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002), provides that a party to a long lease may apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT) to vary the lease on the grounds that the lease fails to make “satisfactory” provision in respect of one of the circumstances specified in section 35(4), LTA 1987. ...

Apr
18
2019

The UK is open for Tech: Start-ups continue to grow despite Brexit
#Information Technology #UK Immigration

The UK continues to focus on attracting the best tech talent to its shores. Since the introduction of the Tier 1 (Exceptional) Talent visa in December 2013, the UK has increased the yearly cap on these visas. Last month and broadened its offer through the introduction of the Start-up and Innovator Visa routes....

Apr
18
2019

Employer not liable for Christmas party injuries
#Employment

The High Court has ruled in Shelbourne v Cancer Research UK that the employer was not liable for the back injuries sustained by the employee at a Christmas Party. A visiting scientist attending the party had picked up the Claimant and dropped her, causing a severe back injury....

Apr
18
2019

Low Pay Commission Consultation 2019 – calling all evidence!
#Employment

A new consultation has been opened by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) seeking views on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates that should apply from April 2020. ...

Apr
16
2019

Better facial recognition comes at a price
#Information Technology

Facial recognition (“FR”) is rapidly becoming part and parcel of everyday life. Whether to get through passport control or simply to unlock your phone, the technology reads the delicate contours and intricacies of your face to establish identification. Airports market it as a more reliable and efficient means of tracking who enters and exits the country, and Apple says they’re saving you time, better protecting you and the deeply personal information kept on your phone....

Apr
16
2019

‘What business leaders can learn from the Ted Baker harassment scandal’ - Helen Beech comments for Elite Business
#Employment #Press

In the wake of Ray Kelvin’s resignation as CEO of Ted Baker following harassment allegations from staff, here’s how business leaders can keep their company free from “sexual innuendos” and inappropriate conduct ...

Apr
15
2019

The end of section 21 notices?
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

It has been widely reported this week that the government will be ending the current ‘no fault’ eviction regime, which enables landlords to give residential tenants two months’ notice to end their tenancy agreement under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. The move is designed to give tenants more security and stop ‘retaliatory’ evictions (where landlords end a tenancy after the tenant complains about disrepair)....

Apr
12
2019

Is this AI step too far?
#Information Technology #Employment

It has been revealed that hundreds of UK business are using artificial intelligence to monitor staff activity. Is this an innovative way to analyse productivity or a stressful scrutinisation of individuals’ activity?...

Apr
12
2019

Updated Vento Bands
#Employment

The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales and Scotland have updated the Vento bands used for calculating awards for injury to feelings in Employment Tribunal claims....

Apr
12
2019

Personal Liability of Directors
#Employment #Directors Duties

The High Court in Antuzis v DJ Houghton has recently held that directors of a private limited company could be pursued personally for breaching an employment contract....

Apr
12
2019

Holiday pay reference period to increase to 52 weeks from April 2020
#Employment

Back in December we blogged on the government’s Good Work Review by Matthew Taylor....

Apr
11
2019

Brexit delayed, again: The EU agrees to extend exit date to 31 October 2019
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The UK has obtained its second extension to extend its exit date to 31 October 2019. This follows the earlier extension which extended the UK’s withdrawal to 12 April 2019 from 29 March 2019. This further extension, however, has various conditions attached to it....

Apr
11
2019

Court of Appeal guidance on Practical Completion
#Construction

The Court of Appeal has provided useful guidance on the meaning of Practical Completion in Mears v Costplan (2019). We wrote about the first instance decision in this case in our previous article available here....

Apr
10
2019

Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney: The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route is open for fashion
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Home Office opened the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route for the fashion industry on 6 July 2018; finally recognising the need for highly skilled and innovative fashion designers as well as appreciating the art of fashion. This was much needed considering the fashion industry brought £32 billion into the UK economy last year and therefore is highly valuable for not only the British culture but also the economy. ...

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