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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Claimant’s conversation with a journalist during a Tribunal adjournment results in a strike-out

April 30th, 2018

The success of a strike-out application on the basis of unreasonable conduct by a claimant emphasises the importance of following correct procedure in the Employment Tribunal. The recent case of Chidzoy v BBC demonstrates to claimants the importance of following the correct procedure during tribunal proceedings as unreasonable conduct will not be accepted by the … Continue reading “Claimant’s conversation with a journalist during a Tribunal adjournment results in a strike-out”

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Government announces new requirements for estate agents

April 23rd, 2018

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced new measures, intended to crack down on so-called ‘rogue’ estate agents. Sajid Javid detailed the proposals, which included a requirement for estate agents to hold a professional qualification, as part of plans to professionalise the estate agent market. The Government is looking to … Continue reading “Government announces new requirements for estate agents”

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Business rates set to rise for West End properties

April 23rd, 2018

Businesses plying their trade in London’s West End are bracing themselves for an eye-watering rise in business rates. Restaurants, shops and hotels are all set to see increases in the amount of tax they pay on their properties, as the rises soar higher than the inflation rate. The average increase in business rates will be … Continue reading “Business rates set to rise for West End properties”

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Leasehold reforms “don’t go far enough”

April 23rd, 2018

Reforms to tackle ‘underhand’ practices within the leasehold market have not gone far enough. That’s the claim of campaigners looking to see sharp practices eliminated for good. The decision to buy a home is a life changing one, and once all the stress and paperwork that revolves around deposits, mortgages and moving in, is out … Continue reading “Leasehold reforms “don’t go far enough””

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Ruling given in key property case

February 21st, 2018

A long-running legal wrangle over leasehold costs has been settled in favour of one of London’s major freeholders. The dispute had arisen in relation to a small flat in the Chelsea area, where the lease had fallen below 23 years and the freeholder concerned was seeking a sum of £420,000 in order for an extension … Continue reading “Ruling given in key property case”

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Blockchain, Bitcoin and how technology could transform property transactions

February 21st, 2018

An inauspicious flat in Kiev recently had the distinction of becoming the first property anywhere in the world to be sold using blockchain. The Eastern European property, which changed hands for $60,000, was bought by Michael Arrington, the businessman who previously established the TechCrunch website. For the uninitiated, blockchain is a form of digital ledger … Continue reading “Blockchain, Bitcoin and how technology could transform property transactions”

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