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  • Kathryn Weaver comments for Playtimes Hong Kong on the length of paternity leave

    07 June 2018

    Kathryn comments for Playtimes Hong Kong concerning the fact that the government is still debating the length of paternity leave, and why it's so low compared to other countries.

  • James Gill and Rebecca Emery write for Essential Retail - Connected Retail: Where next for IoT and GDPR

    07 June 2018

    Apparently, some 26 billion devices will be IoT (Internet of Things) connected by 2020, at least according to one estimate. The use of IoT is becoming increasingly ubiquitous - connected devices range from visible fitness and health wearables to less visible IoT devices embedded in fridges, heating systems, vehicles and cloud platforms. In their article, James and Rebecca ask, where next for IoT and GDPR?

  • Lewis Silkin advises Haymarket on its sale of the world’s best-selling gadget magazine – Stuff – to Kelsey Media

    06 June 2018

    Lewis Silkin has advised its long-standing client, Haymarket Media Group, on the sale of Stuff to Kelsey Media. Stuff encompasses the world’s best-selling gadget magazine and Stuff.TV. The deal is due to close in mid-June following consultation with affected employees. It follows the sale by Haymarket, advised by Lewis Silkin, of four specialist consumer brands to Future plc, which closed last month.

  • Mental health in the workplace

    06 June 2018

    THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. One in four of us will experience mental ill-health at some point in our lives, which inevitably means this is an issue which affects the workplace. The various legal risks for employers include potential liability for disability discrimination or personal injury. More importantly, employers who promote positive mental health in the workplace are likely to have a happier and more productive workforce. Acas has recently published useful new guidance on how to support and manage staff who are experiencing mental ill-health.

  • New IR35 rules coming to the private sector soon

    05 June 2018

    The Government has launched a consultation to tackle non-compliance with the IR35 regime in the private sector.

  • Natasha Hotson writes for People Management - Will the government listen to business on EEA migration?

    04 June 2018

    There are clear signs that the government is open to trying to minimise the impact of a restrictive policy, read below as Natasha Hotson asks, will the government listen to business on EEA migration?

  • Joanna Hunt writes for HR review - Is the Tier 2 system in crisis?

    04 June 2018

    There is another potential crisis brewing for the Home Office. The last few months has seen a number of developments which expose the failings of the Tier 2 system, the work permit category of the immigration rules. Joanna Hunt asks, is the Tier 2 system in crisis?

  • Political and religious views of sports stars - balancing contractual restrictions with human rights

    01 June 2018

    Sports personalities are often subject to sporting rules that restrict their ability to make political statements or promote religious ideology when competing. Furthermore, contractual provisions can also mean that statements made in their personal capacity while off duty, for example on social media, can lead to disciplinary action or worse. Can such restrictions be challenged on the basis of human rights? Does it make a difference if the athlete genuinely holds the views (e.g. because of religious or cultural beliefs)?

  • Lewis Silkin secures sale of leading digital consultancy Sparkler to PA

    31 May 2018

    Leading law firm Lewis Silkin LLP has advised Sparkler, a leading digital insight and strategy consultancy, on its acquisition by PA Consulting Group.

  • Japan’s #metoo movement

    30 May 2018

    The #metoo movement has been slow to gain traction in Japan. There have been few reported cases about sexual harassment involving public figures...until recently.

  • Managing Trade Unions in the Digital Age: 2018 and onwards

    30 May 2018

    Technology continues rapidly to change where and how we work. It poses challenges for both employers and unions, and increasingly calls into question the effectiveness of our employment laws.

  • Frequently asked questions on termination payments

    25 May 2018

    Our FAQs Inbrief looks at some of the common tax questions that arise on termination of employment.

  • Reducing business costs - alternatives to redundancy

    25 May 2018

    When businesses run into financial difficulties and need to reduce costs, the knee-jerk reaction is often to consider the scope for job cuts.

  • Dismissals for “some other substantial reason”

    25 May 2018

    “Some other substantial reason” (“SOSR”) is one of the potentially fair reasons for dismissing an employee. It can cover a wide variety of situations and can be a very useful tool for employers in unusual situations, although there are some limits on when it can be used.

  • Taxation of payments in lieu of notice

    25 May 2018

    From 6 April 2018 new rules took effect to ensure that all payments in lieu of notice (PILONs) are subject to income tax and NICs in full. The rules emerged from a Government consultation on the simplification of the tax treatment of termination payments which was first launched in 2012. Far from simplifying the taxation, the rules are complex and, in many cases, will increase the costs of both employers and employees.

  • The apprenticeship levy

    25 May 2018

    The Government has committed to boost productivity by increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships. 

  • Settlement agreements

    25 May 2018

    First introduced by statute in 1993, settlement agreements (previously known as compromise agreements) have become increasingly common as a means for an employer and employee to settle claims and/or effect a clean break from the employment relationship.

  • Redundancy

    25 May 2018

    This inbrief looks at how employers can minimise the risk of legal claims when dismissing employees by reason of redundancy.

  • GDPR incoming! Some challenges from an immigration perspective

    24 May 2018

    GDPR. Four letters currently dominating the thoughts of every company in Europe. The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force tomorrow, Friday 25 May 2018.

  • Dispute Resolution Update - May 2018

    24 May 2018

    Welcome to the May 2018 Dispute Resolution Update which brings you news and our views on law and practice for dispute resolution. We’ve included articles on domestic disputes and international disputes, including summaries of recent cases. We have also included client guides on key aspects of dispute resolution.

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