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  • A Brexit disconnect

    19 March 2018

    Michael Burd has commented in an article for The Law Gazette which discusses the view that the civil service is not up to the job of Brexit.

  • European Works Councils under Irish Law

    16 March 2018

    European Works Councils are the only legally-mandated bodies for transnational information and consultation with employees in the world.

  • An inspirational woman ahead of her time

    08 March 2018

    On International Women’s Day, it seems appropriate to reflect on an extraordinary woman who has led an extraordinary life - Dame Stephanie Shirley.

  • Directors held to be trustees of company property

    08 March 2018

    The Supreme Court has held that directors should be treated as being in possession of company property from the time of their appointment because, as fiduciary stewards they are trustees of trust property within the meaning of section 21(1)(b) of the Limitation Act 1890 (“the Act”).

  • ‘Right-sourcing’ – a crucial competency for in-house lawyers

    08 March 2018

    Good resource management is an essential skill for in-house employment lawyers. To manage my workload effectively and make efficient use of the company’s resources, I am constantly required to assess whether work is best carried out in house or outsourced.

  • When the clock strikes midnight there is no more time to go to court!

    08 March 2018

    In Matthew & Ors v Sedman & Ors [2017] EWHC 3527 (Ch) the court has had to decide when the limitation period ends on a claim where the cause of action arose on the stroke of midnight.

  • Irish employment law

    05 March 2018

    This Inbrief provides a whistle-stop tour of the most important Irish employment law issues, from the beginning of the employment relationship through to its conclusion.

  • This is my advice. By the way, it might be wrong!

    05 March 2018

    When do solicitors have to warn their client that the advice they are giving may turn out to be incorrect? The Court of Appeal has recently considered this issue.

  • Remix to Transition

    02 March 2018

    This week the government released a new proposal on EU citizens arriving in the UK during the Brexit 'transition period', which is set to run for about two years after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

  • Ask About… Retail, Fashion and Hospitality

    27 February 2018

    Many of our clients in the retail, fashion and hospitality sector face similar HR issues. Each month one of the members of our team will identify an issue, ask how you would deal with it and provide our advice. This month we asked Tom...

  • The road to nowhere: Brexit and labour shortages

    26 February 2018

    In an opinion piece in the Guardian by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Director General Adam Marshall warns of an imminent recruitment crisis.

  • Calling time on workplace sexual harassment?

    23 February 2018

    A full inquiry into workplace sexual harassment has been announced by the Women and Equalities Committee. The aim of this Government inquiry is to uncover the true scale of the problem and consider what action employers and the Government can take to address it.

  • Keeping the luxury in brands?

    22 February 2018

    In Coty v Parfumerie Akzente (Case C-230/16) the CJEU has stated that luxury brand owners, can, in certain circumstances prohibit reselling of their products through some internet platforms

  • ‘Living in the dark ages’ - pregnancy and maternity discrimination at interview

    21 February 2018

    Fresh out of my first year at university and applying for a summer job at a pub, I was slightly taken aback when the interviewer asked whether I had children, in a tone that implied “no” was the right answer… Back then, with no children, I simply answered the question - but it made me wonder.

  • Update on the new tax rules for payments in lieu of notice

    16 February 2018

    New tax rules will mean that income tax and national insurance contributions (“NICs”) must be paid on all payments in lieu of notice (“PILONs”) with effect from 6 April 2018.

  • Five in 5

    12 February 2018

    Getting immigration compliance right is a common worry for employers in the UK.

  • When to pay interns?

    09 February 2018

    Media outlets have reported that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has initiated a crackdown on unpaid internships, including sending letters warning that “workers” must be paid the national minimum wage and setting up teams to tackle the problem.

  • The Government’s response to the Taylor review – a damp squib?

    08 February 2018

    The Government has published its Good Work Plan in response to Matthew Taylor’s review of modern working practices. While the response sets out the Government’s intention to take forward nearly all of the review’s recommendations, there are very few specific proposals and much of the detail will be the subject of further consultation.

  • Making a termination payment after 5 April 2018? Read this!

    07 February 2018

    Income tax and national insurance contributions (“NICs”) must be paid on all payments in lieu of notice (“PILONs”) with effect from 6 April 2018.

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