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20 March 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

(Diamond) Light at the end of the tunnel

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Diamond Light Source

As the UK’s national synchrotron science facility at the forefront of world-changing scientific knowledge, our client Diamond Light Source is ensuring that it is doing everything possible to support researchers in their efforts to discover more about COVID-19.

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11 November 2019 1 Comment Posted in Employment, Opinion

When can an employer rely on ‘private’ WhatsApp messages in the context of disciplining an employee?

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Have you ever become aware that an employee has done something inappropriate on social media? Maybe they posted something which they ought to have thought twice about, or maybe you have discovered an entirely inappropriate online conversation? Determining when it is possible to discipline an employee for their use of social media can be a tricky area.

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29 October 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Retail & Leisure

The future of the high street

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For decades the high street has been at the heart of our way of life. But in recent years it has been struggling as shopping habits change. Government recognises the importance of our high streets and that is why it has introduced the £1bn Future High Streets Fund.

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2 September 2019 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Automation could widen gender pay gap

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Automation has been a buzzword for a few years. What is it exactly and why are we talking about the gender pay gap in the same story?

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28 June 2019 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Tackling Subject Access Requests from staff – top tips for employers

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Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, we have experienced a considerable rise in the number of Subject Access Requests (SAR) made to our employer clients. Requests can be burdensome, time-consuming and costly to deal with but there are some practical ways to minimise these problems.

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Is it legal for restaurant owners to make deductions from the salaries of employees when customers leave without paying?

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Under section 13(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 an employer may not make a deduction from an employee’s wages unless:
• It is required or authorised to be made by a statutory provision or a relevant provision in the employee’s contract, which covers things like tax and NI; or
• the employee has previously consented in writing to the deduction.

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Royds Withy King Launches HELP For Businesses

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Law firm Royds Withy King has launched an exciting new legal services product in response to unprecedented demand from HR professionals and business leaders for expert HR and employment law advice at an affordable cost, and with insurance protection against …

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14 December 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid … or is there?

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As an employer, you may be liable for the behaviour of your employees outside of working hours.

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1 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Factsheets

Fixed fee employment services

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Compromise Agreements for Employees

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30 October 2018 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Employer vicariously liable for data breach by rogue employee

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In WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants, the Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the High Court that Morrisons were vicariously liable for the actions of a rogue employee who published the personal information (including salary and bank details) of around 100,000 staff on the internet.

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10 October 2018 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion, Uncategorized

Supreme Court ruled – refusing to bake a cake with a message supporting gay marriage is not discrimination

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The long-awaited Supreme Court judgement in the ‘gay cake’ case has today been announced, the Supreme Court in Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and Others has held that it is not direct discrimination for a Christian bakery to refuse to bake a cake containing a message supporting gay marriage.

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