Joelson welcomes new property litigation Partner

May 29th, 2018

Joelson is proud to announce the appointment of a new Partner to head up our Property Litigation department. Joining the fold from another prominent London-based firm, Daniel Swimer brings with him not only a keen legal mind but also his extensive experience in the property litigation field. His previous role as a Senior Associate within … Continue reading “Joelson welcomes new property litigation Partner”

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Property Ombudsman’s report suggests landlord and tenant disputes are on the rise

May 29th, 2018

The Property Ombudsman’s (TPO) annual report has been published and it makes for interesting reading. According to the data within, the number of complaints to the consumer protection organisation in relation to property had risen by three per cent in 2017. The increase came as the TPO received a total of 3,658 grievances and made … Continue reading “Property Ombudsman’s report suggests landlord and tenant disputes are on the rise”

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Landlords planning to offload properties, says report

May 29th, 2018

A report by the National Landlords Association (NLA) claims that the property market is set to face an influx of properties, as landlords put buy-to-lets on the market. The NLA revealed that from its panel of 1,043 members, 19 per cent were intending to offload some of their portfolio, which, on a national scale, equates … Continue reading “Landlords planning to offload properties, says report”

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Steps HR must take to prepare for GDPR pre 25 May

April 30th, 2018

With less than a month to go, employers are reminded of the need to draft a Privacy Notice for issue to employees, workers and contractors – the Privacy Notice must then be signed and returned by all staff by 25 May 2018. Whilst the majority of UK businesses and HR managers are aware that the … Continue reading “Steps HR must take to prepare for GDPR pre 25 May”

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Number of Employment Tribunal claims rocket after fee ban

April 30th, 2018

The ban on Employment Tribunal fees has led the number of Tribunal claims to rise by up to 90%. Employers are being encouraged to review their employment policies, procedures and practices as the number of claims brought before Tribunals have increased significantly following the abolition of fees. At the end of July 2017, the Supreme … Continue reading “Number of Employment Tribunal claims rocket after fee ban”

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New bill seeks to ban unpaid trial shifts

April 30th, 2018

Parliament to hear evidence on the introduction of a ban for ‘disingenuous’ unpaid shifts. According to a newly proposed bill, businesses could be forced to pay prospective workers the minimum wage for trial periods. The newly launched private members bill put forward by SNP member Stewart McDonald MP has called for new legislation to stop … Continue reading “New bill seeks to ban unpaid trial shifts”

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Significant staff data breach at Morrisons should act as a warning

April 30th, 2018

With the GDPR fast approaching businesses can learn from the Morrisons’ data breach. In 2014, supermarket chain Morrisons suffered a serious data breach when the payroll data of nearly 100,000 employees was posted online by a disgruntled employee. The data, supplied by the company’s external auditor, KPMG, was copied by an authorised employee in HR … Continue reading “Significant staff data breach at Morrisons should act as a warning”

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Reforms to the tax treatment of termination payments adds complexity

April 30th, 2018

Employers need to ensure they correctly deduct the PAYE/NIC payable on termination payments. Further to HMRC’s “Simplification” of the Tax and NIC Treatment of Termination Payments consultation paper, changes have now come into effect as of 6 April 2018 in how termination payments must be treated regarding income tax and NICs. The thrust behind the … Continue reading “Reforms to the tax treatment of termination payments adds complexity”

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Increases to injury to feeling awards for discrimination now force

April 30th, 2018

The increase of the Vento bands means an increase in risk for employers facing a discrimination claim. Guidelines on the amounts paid to compensate claimants for their injury to feelings in discrimination claims, have been increased. For awards presented on or after 6 April 2018 the bands now have the following levels: Lower band – … Continue reading “Increases to injury to feeling awards for discrimination now force”

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Employment Tribunal decision to allow direct age discrimination in relation to retirement benefits confirmed by the Court of Appeal

April 30th, 2018

In some circumstances employers can attach rules to schemes offered to employees that have a discriminatory effect. The recent case of Air Products plc (AP) v Cockram has seen the Court of Appeal reinstate the decision of an Employment Tribunal which found that AP’s rule that only those aged 55 or over were allowed to … Continue reading “Employment Tribunal decision to allow direct age discrimination in relation to retirement benefits confirmed by the Court of Appeal”

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