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Jan
14
2021

Max award for employees told of redundancy via social media
#Employment

Twenty-three employees have won the maximum ‘Protective Award’ of 90 days extra pay because their employer failed to ‘inform and consult’ with them about their redundancies. Under S188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULCRA), employers must follow collective consultation rules where it proposes to make over 20 redundancies in a 90 day period....

Jan
12
2021

UK’s Post-Brexit immigration routes in 2021
#Immigration

The unified immigration system came into force in 2021, coinciding with the end of free movement. As the dust settles, many businesses have now begun to grapple with the consequences of the end of unrestricted mobility to the continent. In this article we look at the key immigration routes for 2021. ...

Jan
12
2021

2021 Corporate and Commercial Predictions for Businesses
#Corporate #Commercial

For our first article of 2021 we have decided to focus on expectations and predictions for the year ahead. 2020 has forced the Government and its associated regulators to assess the efficiency of organisations in every aspect, from governance to financial reporting and accounting. ...

Jan
12
2021

Food for thought – a revival in the UK restaurant sector in 2021?
#Food and Restaurants #Real Estate

In recent years the restaurant sector has been struggling due to high business rates and rents, Brexit uncertainty and people generally eating out less. ...

Jan
11
2021

6 more months of UK-EEA free flow of Data
#Data Protection #Brexit

“This is the best possible outcome for UK organisations processing personal data from the EU” stated Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham. ...

Jan
08
2021

UK Border Update: Mandatory COVID Test from next week
#Immigration

The Government has updated its policy for all new arrivals entering the UK from next week. Those entering the UK using any mode of travel will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 72 hours from arrival. ...

Jan
08
2021

Employment law look ahead for 2021
#Employment #Brexit

The coronavirus pandemic resulted in the postponement of many employment law changes due to take place in 2020. This article investigates some of the key developments anticipated over the next 12 months. ...

Jan
08
2021

Employment & HR in 2020- Priorities, Policies and Processes
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

The year 2020 will always be a stand-out year in our personal and professional lives. COVID-19 brought so much suffering to so many across the globe and created a level of uncertainty that we had never experienced before. Businesses were forced to adapt at breakneck speed. ...

Jan
07
2021

The balancing act of managing work and childcare for Lockdown 3.0
#Employment

Again, employers and employees are facing the difficult balancing act of managing work and childcare through this third national lockdown. The three main options for employers to manage such leave are to place affected parents/guardians on furlough, have parents use their annual leave to take time off or take unpaid leave....

Jan
07
2021

Company sued for not inviting employee on maternity to Christmas Party
#Employment

A new mother who was not invited to her work Christmas party whilst on maternity leave has succeeded in her claim against her employer....

Dec
22
2020

Equal Pay Case - Document Destruction
#Employment

Monica Atwal takes an in-depth look at the Next Equal Pay case and the news that documents relating to the case had been destroyed in a thought leadership article published in Governance and Compliance Magazine....

Dec
18
2020

Can we require our employees to be vaccinated?
#Employment

Now that the UK is past its first week of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, employers are starting to consider what 2021 will look like and whether there is hope of the workplace returning to some form of normality. The question on many employers’ minds is - can we require our staff to get vaccinated?...

Dec
17
2020

IR35 – Government’s CEST tool produces undetermined outcome
#Employment

The Government’s CEST tool, designed to help determine whether a worker will be caught by the changes to the off payroll working rules (IR35) was unable to reach a conclusion in 19% of cases checked in the last year. ...

Dec
17
2020

No more non-compete clauses?
#Employment

This month, the BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) opened their consultation on reforming employment contract non-compete clauses. Back in 2016, there was a close to universal consensus amongst employers that restrictive covenants are a valuable instrument for those seeking to protect their business interests. At the same time, their perceived impact on an ex-employee’s ability to find new work was deemed insignificant, or not unfair. ...

Dec
11
2020

Post Brexit: Frontier Worker permit applications are now open
#Immigration

The Government has now published detailed guidance on applying for a Frontier Worker permit following the end of the Brexit transition period. The scheme is open to Frontier Workers who have worked in the UK prior to 31 December 2020....

Dec
10
2020

2021 statutory pay rates published
#Employment

The April 2021 statutory maternity, paternity and sick pay rates have been released by the Government. The increases are modest at less than £1 per week. ...

Dec
10
2020

Employee unlawfully harassed on WhatsApp
#Employment

The Employment Tribunal has issued a timely reminder to employers of the dangers of social media in the workplace, after finding in Abdi v Deltec International Courier Ltd that the employee had been harassed by her colleagues via WhatsApp. ...

Dec
09
2020

NEC publishes new amendments to NEC4 suite
#Construction

The NEC has published a second set of amendments to its NEC4 suite of contracts, reflecting user feedback from the industry and recent legal development. The October 2020 amendments can be found on the NEC site. ...

Dec
07
2020

Annual review of corporate governance reporting
#Corporate #Commercial

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published its annual review of corporate governance reporting against its UK Corporate Governance Code (the Code). The Code, published in its current form in 2018, provides businesses with key corporate governance recommendations. ...

Dec
07
2020

Government to further scrutinise transactions and investments
#Corporate #Commercial

Last month the Government introduced the National Security and Investment Bill to the House of Commons for its first reading. The purpose of the Bill is to give the government further powers to scrutinise and, where necessary, intervene in certain business transactions if it believes national security concerns are present; this will include mergers and acquisitions. ...

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