Association puts forward plans for reform

November 24th, 2016

The Conveyancing Association recently published a paper, setting out proposals to overhaul residential property transactions. The document, entitled Modernising the Home Moving Process, makes a number of suggestions for how the current process could be improved. These include a new requirement for parties to make a legal commitment on offer, to hopefully reduce the likelihood … Continue reading “Association puts forward plans for reform”

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Landlords and letting agents criticise Chancellor’s “draconian” ban

November 24th, 2016

The Chancellor last month announced he would be imposing an outright ban on the letting agent fees charged to tenants. In his Autumn Statement, Philip Hammond outlined plans for the new rules, which quickly attracted criticism from many in the property industry. David Cox, the managing director at the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), … Continue reading “Landlords and letting agents criticise Chancellor’s “draconian” ban”

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Post-Brexit questions remain over the future of UK employment law

November 22nd, 2016

The Government has faced public calls to give assurances that key pieces of workplace legislation will not be removed following Britain’s departure from the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May had previously announced that a Great Repeal Bill would enshrine existing EU laws into British legislation as part of the process of leaving the 28-nation bloc. … Continue reading “Post-Brexit questions remain over the future of UK employment law”

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New rules to be applied to public sector exit payments

November 22nd, 2016

Ministers recently confirmed they would be introducing additional limits on exit payments available to those working in the public sector. The reforms will apply to public sector employees who leave whether on a mutually agreed or voluntary basis, or through a redundancy procedure. The Government has said that organisations will be required to negotiate new … Continue reading “New rules to be applied to public sector exit payments”

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Manager who was sacked after developing MS speaks out

November 22nd, 2016

A man who was sacked from his job after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (and later won a Tribunal claim against his employer) is campaigning to raise awareness of workplace discrimination. Andy Davies, who worked as a business development manager for Touch Logistics, had been forced to take several months off work because of the … Continue reading “Manager who was sacked after developing MS speaks out”

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Ex-City worker to go to Tribunal following homophobia allegations

November 22nd, 2016

A former hedge fund manager is taking legal action against his former employer after alleging that he suffered “unrelenting” homophobic abuse in the workplace. Paul Newton, who was previously employed by Balyasny Europe Asset Management, claimed that he had to contend with frequent jibes about his sexuality and was branded “camp” and “effeminate” by colleagues. … Continue reading “Ex-City worker to go to Tribunal following homophobia allegations”

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Imminent immigration changes likely to affect UK Businesses

November 17th, 2016

On 3 November 2016, the Home Office announced a series of changes to the UK Immigration Rules that could significantly impact the employment of overseas workers. The changes come into effect on 24 November this year and mainly impact on the Tier 2 Skilled Worker Visa and other visas relevant to workers from outside the … Continue reading “Imminent immigration changes likely to affect UK Businesses”

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Training trumps Brexit blues

November 17th, 2016

In the aftermath of Brexit and the election results in the USA, emotions continue to run high with both votes highlighting electorate concerns over immigration. Figures released by the Home Office show that hate crime in England and Wales continued to rise in 2015/16, with 79% being racially motivated crimes. Since the Brexit vote, the … Continue reading “Training trumps Brexit blues”

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Employers on Lock down after holiday pay ruling

November 17th, 2016

In one of the most keenly anticipated decisions of the year, the Court of Appeal (in Lock and another v British Gas Trading Ltd) has established that commission payments must be taken into account when calculating holiday pay. In relation to employees who are paid commission, holiday pay should be comprised of base salary and … Continue reading “Employers on Lock down after holiday pay ruling”

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Time to be Uber cautious? – New worker status ruling

November 17th, 2016

A recent tribunal decision which represents a significant threat to the so called “gig economy” also has wider implications for businesses that engage staff on a purportedly self-employed basis. Recently, drivers for Uber, the taxi-app company, have been held to be “workers” – so not genuinely self-employed drivers in business on their own account and … Continue reading “Time to be Uber cautious? – New worker status ruling”

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