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Do Your Employment Contracts Reflect The Needs Of The Business?

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 28/09/2021 Better Business Act The Better Business Act (“BBA”) coalition recently proposed an amendment which, if passed, would change the focus of the director’s duty set out in section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 from being a duty “to promote the success of the company” to being a duty “to advance the pur...
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Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment
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The Impact Of Remote Working On Jurisdiction Of Employment Contracts

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 27/07/2021 The Impact Of Remote Working On Jurisdiction Of Employment Contracts Now more so than ever, the territorial scope of UK/ NI employment law is an important issue for employers and employees alike. The evolving global market coupled with the recent Covid-19 pandemic has prompted a growing increase in...
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Striking the Right Balance - The Impact of Strikes on Employment Contracts

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 25/05/2021 In the current climate, change to working conditions, hours and relationships is inevitable. The end of Furlough and other business supports could bring turbulent times. Contracts of employment can be successfully varied using the correct process and sufficient consultation, but the employee strike...
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Collective and Trade Union Issues
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Avoiding Discrimination in Pre-employment Health Questions

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 22/03/2021 Introduction During the recruitment process, employers should carefully consider the need to make reasonable adjustments for any disabled candidates that apply. One way that employers can do this is through pre-employment questions. There is a balance to be struck with pre-employment questions a...
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Discrimination and Equality Recruitment and Selection
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Right To Work Checks After Brexit

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 25/01/2021 All employers must conduct right to work checks when recruiting new staff. The civil and criminal penalties for not doing so are severe, so it’s key that employers get this right. An employer can be fined up to £20,000 for each illegal worker it hires, and individuals can also face up to 5 years’ i...
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Contracts of Employment Brexit
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Holidays and Coronavirus – Carryover of Leave

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 20/11/2020 The emergency legislation, The Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, relaxes the restriction on carrying over the four weeks' leave derived from the Working Time Directive (WTD) with effect from 26 March 2020. What Has Been Amended? Regulation 15 has been amen...
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Working Time and Leave Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Giving Notice Of Termination To Employees During Furlough

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 27/07/2020 1. What notice do employers generally have to give? Contractual notice The requirement to give notice is often set out in the employment contract and it is likely to amount to a breach of contract if the required notice is not given. Where there is no employment contract, or no term regarding notic...
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Policies and Procedures Pay and Conditions of Employment
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Q&A

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 25/03/2020 Introduction Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough leave) scheme (“CJRS”), which was announced by the government on 20 March 2020, all UK employers, regardless of size or sector, can claim a grant from HMRC to cover 80% of the wages costs of employees who are not working but kept on...
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Restrictive Covenants and Transfers – do they still apply?

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 26/11/2019 Introduction The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) typically applies to business asset sales, as opposed to share sales. The purpose of TUPE is to protect employees when the business they work for changes ownership. TUPE contains various provisions which ...
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Alcohol and Drug Testing in the Workplace – The next big thing?

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 24/09/2019 In her latest article Kiera Lee, Director in Mills Selig discusses the importance of having an alcohol and drugs policy in place with clear rules about the consequences of working under the influence of drugs and alcohol. She also states that it is important that the policy is made readily availab...
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Health and Safety Contracts of Employment