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March 30, 2020

The Government has now published further guidance on the application of its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which can be found at the following link:

This article provides a short update on the important practical points arising out of the guidance. 

Who can be furloughed?

An employer can claim under the scheme in respect of the fol...

February 27, 2020

From 6 April 2020 there is a new statutory requirement for employers.

Statements of employment (usually the employment contract containing certain prescribed information) will have to be given from day one to all employees and a similar statement to be given to workers. The template contract for workers will be different as there are a number of provisions that apply to employees that should not be included (to do so could stre...

July 15, 2019


Issue July 2019


Your guide on and how to prepare for the IR35 reforms

The tax law reforms to be implemented from 6th April 2020 will have a huge implication for employers in the private sector.

The reforms are designed to tackle even further "disguised employment" where an employee tries to exploit the tax benefits of working through a personal serv...

July 6, 2019

The Supreme Court has, for the first time ever, considered the extent to which words can be deleted from a restrictive covenant, while keeping the rest of it intact and enforceable. The Supreme Court's decision on 3rd July 2019 in Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd, is a great relief to employers who can continue to enforce employment contracts that restrict the activities of staff who wish to work for competitors.

In this court case,...

May 21, 2019

No, there is no limit on the compensation that can be awarded in a discrimination claim. Where a claim is successful, if the employment tribunal considers it just and equitable to do so, it can order the respondent to pay compensation to the claimant of an amount corresponding to the damages that could have been ordered in the county court for a claim in tort for breach of statutory duty. The aim is to put the claimant into th...

April 2, 2019

1. Right to itemised pay statements extends to workers

From 6 April 2019, the right to an itemised pay statement is extended to workers, not just employees. In addition, where a member of staff's pay varies according to time worked, the employer will have to include on the itemised pay statement the total number of hours worked for which variable pay is received. This can be done either as an aggregate figure or as separate fig...

March 25, 2019

Please see below the link of the guidance published by Companies House with steps that companies need to take in the scenario that the UK leaves the EU without a deal:

The UK Government has also published a guidance for businesses to prepare to leave the EU depending on their industry as follows:

February 13, 2019

What are website terms of use?

Website terms of use, also known as website terms and conditions or terms of service, govern the use of a website by visitors. These are distinct from terms and conditions of business which are concerned with the e-commerce aspects of selling goods or services online, rather than the way in which a website is used.

Website Ts & Cs should generally contain: 

  • details of website owner/company inclu...

January 30, 2019

The national living wage payable to workers aged 25 or over is due to increase to £8.21 per hour from 1 April 2019.

Other national minimum wage rates are also due to increase, with hourly rates rising to £7.70 for workers aged at least 21 but under 25, to £6.15 for workers aged at least 18 but under 21 and to £4.35 for workers aged under 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age.

The hourly apprentice rate will increase to £...

October 3, 2018

The Information Commissioner's Office has served an enforcement notice on AggregateIQ Services Ltd (a Canadian company located outside the EU) using its powers under section 149 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018).

The notice is the first of its kind issued under the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (GDPR) and DPA 2018 regime. 

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