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Aug
18
2021

New duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment
#Employment

Sexual harassment in the workplace has been against the law for decades, but the UK Government has confirmed it will take steps to introduce a new legal duty in this area ’when parliamentary time allows’. ...

Aug
13
2021

Can homeworkers be paid less?
#Employment

Employees are now gradually returning to the office, following months of being ordered to work from home. In doing so, a debate has started over whether those who remain at home should be paid the same as their commuting colleagues. ...

Aug
11
2021

Ocado offers work from abroad remotely: Employment law implications
#Employment

Online grocer Ocado have announced that they will be allowing staff to work remotely from any overseas location of choice for one month each year. This bid comes as employers start to re-think their ways of working and how these may change post pandemic. ...

Aug
10
2021

Do I need an EPC on the sale or let of a listed building?
#Commercial Real Estate

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal requirement when constructing, selling or renting out a building. The purpose of an EPC, as you might expect, is to show the energy efficiency of a property. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. There are, however, commercial EPC exemptions. ...

Aug
09
2021

Company Voluntary Arrangements: An Overview
#Business Recovery & Insolvency

A CVA is one of a number of insolvency procedures designed to address a company’s financial difficulties by entering into a binding contract with its unsecured creditors, i.e. those who do not have the benefit of any security interest in the assets of the company. These are likely to include: customers, suppliers, contractors, landlords etc....

Aug
09
2021

EU nationals and National ID Cards
#Immigration

Following the end of the EU Settlement Scheme on 30th June 2021, the UK government has announced an upcoming change to the rules on entry for EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals. ...

Aug
09
2021

The UK’s new immigration system – What employers need to know
#Immigration #Brexit

Watch our UK immigration specialists Monica Atwal and Rebecca Hone, as they explain the main changes to the UK’s sponsorship system following the overhaul of the points-based system in January 2021 and following the closure of the EU Settlement Scheme on 30 June 2021....

Aug
05
2021

Will offering unlimited holiday work for my business?
#Employment

Employment agency Reed has reported a 20% increase in the number of new positions offering unlimited annual leave as part of the benefits packages. Along with flexible working, it seems to be incentive employers are keen to explore and use as they compete to recruit the best talent from a pandemic weary workforce that values well-being and work-life balance....

Jul
29
2021

Deborah Scales comments on employees and foreign holidays this summer
#Press #Employment

Clarkslegal Employment Associate, Deborah Scales, comments in The Sun on whether employers can stop employees taking foreign holidays....

Jul
29
2021

Vaccination status: an employer’s guide to some knotty issues
#Employment

So called 'Freedom Day' was justified by the government in part because of the huge success of the vaccine roll-out in England. How much reliance can employers put on vaccination status when planning a safe return to the physical workplace?...

Jul
29
2021

Incorrect IR35 decisions cost DWP £87.9m
#Employment

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has been billed a staggering £87.9 million by HMRC for failing to correctly determine the tax status of its contractors. ...

Jul
28
2021

Personal liability of directors in the context of insolvency or company distress
#Business Recovery & Insolvency

Directors need to be mindful of incurring personal liability where companies are distressed. This article provides an overview of some of the key areas where directors could incur personal liability when navigating their business through difficult times and stresses the importance of taking and following professional advice when faced with financial difficulties. ...

Jul
23
2021

Sexual harassment in the workplace: proposed changes to employer’s duties
#Employment

The Government has published its consultation response on workplace sexual harassment and harassment by third parties.  The consultation was undertaken in response to the #metoo movement, which revealed that many people (mainly women) experienced sexual harassment at work despite this having been unlawful for decades. ...

Jul
22
2021

Government COVID-19 vaccination guidance for employers
#Employment

The UK Government has made it clear that the way out of the COVID-19 pandemic is through vaccinations. As of the date of this article, 2/3 of the UK population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19....

Jul
15
2021

Rising to the management challenge of today
#Employment #Brexit

From the 19th July, the Government has decided that all legal restrictions, which have underpinned England’s public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic, will lapse. ...

Jul
15
2021

European Commission adopts UK adequacy decision
#Data Protection

The EU has finally adopted the UK adequacy decision. In addition, British Airways settles its data breach case, and the ICO has fined a charity for poor policies and inadequate training. ...

Jul
13
2021

Improving protection of goods: Retention of title clauses
#Corporate

The popularity of retention of title (ROT) clauses has, given the economic climate, been steadily on the rise for a number of years. This guide provides a brief overview of Retention of Title clauses, their alternatives and supplementary clauses, and the limits on their effectiveness that have led some to question their suitability in modern agreements. ...

Jul
13
2021

Read the fine print: End of EU Settlement Scheme explained
#Immigration

In anticipation of 30th June 2021 (the final day for EU nationals who began their residence in the UK before 31st December 2020 to submit applications to the EU Settlement Scheme), the Home Office heavily advertised that applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS/the Scheme) by this date was compulsory for EU nationals in order to retain their right to live and work in the UK. ...

Jul
08
2021

Tesco workers in equal pay case receive boost from European Court
#Employment

A few months on from the landmark Supreme Court decision in the Asda equal pay claim, workers at Tesco have received a favorable judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in their own equal pay case. ...

Jul
07
2021

How Covid-19 has impacted commercial lease rent reviews
#Commercial Real Estate

When the first lockdown hit the UK in March 2020, there was a lot of speculation as to how it would impact the commercial property sector. A key concern for landlords was how rent review provisions would apply. ...

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