In the first quarter of this year, in England and Wales, 3,694 companies and 20,383 individuals were unable to pay their debts and went into a formal insolvency procedure (The Insolvency Service: Insolvency Statistics – January to March 2016). It goes without saying that these statistics mean that a very considerable number of suppliers to companies or sole traders will have been left as unsecured creditors, likely to receive a fraction only (or nothing at all) of what they were owed for goods or services supplied.
Since it was announced in the July 2015 Budget, the National Living Wage (NLW) has received much comment, both negative and positive.
The EAT has recently held that protecting a disabled employee’s pay following his move to a lower paid role was a reasonable adjustment.
With flexible working arrangements on the rise it's important that employers take action to maximise the effectiveness of these arrangements and ensure that the performance of homeworkers is measured accurately.
Employers should ensure that they have adequate training in place on data protection obligations otherwise they run the risk of facing a costly breach of privacy claim.
In the recent case of Arriva London North Ltd v Maseya, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a party’s case should only be struck out in exceptional circumstances.
In July last year, we reported that the Government had launched a consultation on simplifying the tax treatment of termination payments. After some delay, it has finally published its response along with draft legislation which sets out the changes it has decided to make.
The exercise of break clauses can cause tenants great difficulty, especially where the break clause is subject to conditions. It is common for break clauses to require “vacant possession” and it can be difficult for a tenant to know what exactly this requires them to do. One question which comes up frequently is whether it is necessary to remove partitions in order to give vacant possession.
In reality Mentoring programmes can be a key ingredient in creating a positive working environment and in encouraging greater collaboration within organisations. Companies demonstrating their willingness to invest in their employees in this way are more likely to create an engaged workforce.