Businesses

Starting up a business

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Whatever their reasons for wanting to start a business – there are three main factors start-ups will need to consider. Here is some advice on starting a business. More …

Restrictive covenant in a 19 year-old employment contract was unenforceable

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Matthew Smith, partner in our Employment law team looks at a recent case concerning restrictive covenants in a contract of employment... More …

HMT Announces Changes to the Senior Managers Regime – Holding Individuals to Account

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The Senior Managers Regime ("SMR") will replace the Approved Persons Regime for all UK incorporated banks; building societies; credit unions and PRA designated investment firms. More …

The working week – it’s just got longer for some people

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In a significant decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has just held that, for workers who do not have a fixed or habitual place of work, the time spent travelling each day between their homes and the premises of their first and last customer constitutes “working time” within the meaning of the Working Time Directive. More …

Handling communications during and after maternity leave

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Under the Maternity and Parental Leave etc Regulations 1999 (the “Regulations”), an employer is permitted to maintain “reasonable contact from time to time” with an employee who is on maternity leave. More …

Cloud computing - key risks and issues

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Cloud computing, the ability to deliver computing resources as a utility service, is becoming increasingly mainstream with one estimate indicating that more than half US businesses already use cloud services. More …

Dealing with employees bad-mouthing the organisation on Facebook

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Is your disciplinary policy fit for purpose? More …

Are pay-outs at the end of employment taxable?

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Tax situation depends on why and when termination payment is made. More …

Increasing free childcare could add to flexible working requests

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How to avoid ‘value judgments’ and discrimination claims. More …

The role of mediation in resolving conflicts

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This post, by Julian Evans, considers the general context of workplace mediation in the UK, why it is increasingly being considered a good option for resolving conflict and how psychological interventions can help in the process. More …