August 2016 Archive

Apprenticeship Levy – update on funding arrangements

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On 12 August 2016, the Department for Education (where responsibility for apprenticeships now lies) published a Consultation on funding arrangements for the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy. The consultation had been expected in June (see our last update on the Apprenticeship Levy from May 2016. More …

Agency workers can make whistleblowing claims against end-users

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Recently the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) had to decide whether an agency worker could bring a whistleblowing claim against an end user (the organisation hiring the worker’s services) even if that worker is employed by the agency. More …

Taxation of termination payments: tinkering not overhaul

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Last week the government published its response to the consultation on the ‘Simplification of the tax and National Insurance treatment of termination payments’. The conclusion confirmed what was trailed in the Budget in March – but, importantly, it does not go any further than that and represents a significant retreat from the government’s original proposals. More …

National Eisteddfod of Wales

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Blake Morgan were very proud to act for the National Eisteddfod in assisting them with the grant of a premises licence for the event which took place over the last 2 weeks. More …

Recovering adjudication costs under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998

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Rachel Gwilliam, Partner, explores the possibility of recovering adjudication costs under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (LPCD(I)A 1998) and looks at how the recently-published judgment in Lulu Construction v Mulalley impacts the position. More …

Changes to the taxation of termination payments

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All PILONs will be taxed from April 2018, but crucially the Government has decided to retain the £30k exemption for other termination payments. More …

Planning ahead - rolling out the Housing and Planning Act 2016

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Planning analysis: New housing and planning regulations bring a mix bag of provisions into force. More …

Employers and employees can ask tribunals not to make proceedings public

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"With a number of recent high profile injunctions preventing the press reporting certain details about celebrities, what is the position in Employment Tribunals? Tribunal proceedings are generally open to the public; this means they can be attended by the press and the parties can be named in the decision – but not always. Kevin Lau, solicitor in our Employment law team, looks at how and why ET proceedings can be made private, and how it works. Click here to read the article in full on the CIPD website." More …