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Apr
06
2016

2016 Budget – Construction Implications
#Construction

There was little of direct interest in the 2016 Budget for construction practitioners, but the following themes were developed by the Chancellor and will have implications for those involved in the construction industry:...

Apr
05
2016

JCT 2016 Edition suite of contracts to be launched
#Construction

JCT will shortly be publishing its new 2016 edition suite of contracts. ...

Apr
01
2016

Whistleblowing: “Public Interest” developments
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) recently revisited the issue of whether an employee’s disclosure was made in the public interest. ...

Apr
01
2016

Constructive unfair dismissal: employers should pause before writing that letter
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a decision that contacting an employee to raise non-urgent concerns while they were off sick amounted to a repudiatory breach of contract. ...

Apr
01
2016

Tier 2 Sponsors – do you need to apply to renew your Certificates of Sponsorship allocation by 5 April
#Immigration #Employment

Employers who hold a Tier 2 sponsor licence can sponsor employees who are from outside of the European Economic Area by assigning a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) to them....

Apr
01
2016

Brexit: Employment Law Exit Stage Left?
#Employment

Firstly, what do we mean by Brexit? Although the question that the electorate will answer on 23 June 2016 is simply framed – “should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?” – the ramifications of an “out vote” will be anything but simple....

Mar
24
2016

Budget 2016 – Key employment Law implications
#Employment

The budget, announced last week, contained some interesting employment law developments....

Mar
24
2016

Knowledge is King!
#Employment

Employee’s dismissal was not direct disability discrimination where decision-maker did not know that the employee was disabled....

Mar
18
2016

Government forced to make key concessions on Trade Union Bill
#Employment

The government has been heavily defeated in the House of Lords over proposed trade union reforms to how the unions fund political parties. The government’s proposal is to require union members to "opt in" to paying a political levy, rather than opt out, as under the current long standing system. Labour believes three million fewer members of the biggest unions would agree to pay into them, costing it at least £6m in annual revenue....

Mar
18
2016

£35,000 minimum earnings threshold for Tier 2 migrants applying for settlement
#Immigration #Employment

Last year we blogged about the £35,000 earnings threshold for Tier 2 migrants wishing to apply to settle in the UK. This change is due to come into force from 6 April this year and will apply to all non-EEA migrants who came to the UK on a Tier 2 visa after 6 April 2011, unless they have worked in an occupation on the shortage occupation list....

Mar
18
2016

Suspension of childcare vouchers during maternity leave was not discriminatory
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Peninsula Business Services Ltd v Donaldson (9 March 2016) has held that suspending childcare vouchers during maternity leave was not discriminatory when carried out via a salary sacrifice scheme. ...

Mar
18
2016

Changes to Sunday trading scrapped
#Employment

The Government’s plans to change Sunday trading rules (see our blogs in August last year and February this year) have been rejected by the House of Commons. ...

Mar
17
2016

“As soon as reasonably practicable”: does it mean anything?
#Dispute Resolution

Commercial contracts often include obligations carrying the qualification “as soon as reasonably practicable”. A case earlier this month has given some insight into how the courts will interpret and apply such obligations. ...

Mar
09
2016

Discriminatory job advertisements - New Guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission
#Employment

Over the last year the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) received over 100 complaints in respect of job and services advertisements appearing to discriminate against persons with ‘protected characteristics’ including on their age, race, sexual orientation, disability and sex....

Mar
09
2016

Visa fees increase by up to 25% this month
#Immigration #Employment

UK Visas and Immigration have confirmed that later this month (or next month in the case of the Isle of Man) there will be a rise in the cost of visa application fees for many migrants wishing to come to the UK....

Mar
09
2016

The National Living Wage is here!
#Employment

The National Minimum Wage is currently paid at four different rates depending on the category of worker, however, from 1st April 2016 a fifth rate will be introduced for workers over the age of 25 years, referred to as the National Living Wage....

Mar
08
2016

What's on the horizon for corporate/commercial law?
#Corporate #Commercial

Below are a few things to look out for on the corporate/commercial horizon. We’ve got the ICO taking data protection more seriously than ever before, the UK calling for transparency over who owns the businesses running our economy, and working towards a simpler, fairer way of trading with UK consumers. ...

Mar
07
2016

Value and growth: inextricably linked
#Commercial

According to the Federation of Small Businesses, SMEs account for 99.9% of all private sector businesses in the UK, employing 15.6m people (60% of UK private sector employment) and generate £1.8 trillion in annual turnover (47% of UK private sector turnover). It is no wonder that SMEs are a vital part of any economy, disproportionately impacting job creation and economic growth....

Mar
07
2016

How to aid business growth in the real estate sector
#Real Estate

Protecting cash flow is often a key way to enable growth of a business and in the real estate sector there are a number of ways this can be done, particularly where you are occupying business premises by way of a lease...

Mar
07
2016

Employee Engagement for growing businesses
#Employment

For all growing businesses, and for start-ups in particular, one concern which often appears at an early stage is the risk of dilution of the ethos of the organisation as new employees join who may lack buy-in to the founding concepts....

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