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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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Would Australia’s points-based immigration system work in the UK?

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With UK’s political scene firmly in pre-election mode, lots of key questions on Brexit remain unanswered, the future immigration system being one of them. Should the polls prove true and the Conservative party form a majority government in December, it is likely that the Home Office will start announcing specific policies based on the much discussed Australian points-based system (“PBS”).

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Royds Withy King Ranked Top for Gender Diversity

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Award-winning Royds Withy King has been ranked second among UK Top 100 law firms for its gender diversity.

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Thomas Cook Employees – the real victims of the collapsed holiday company show the UK’s Insolvency laws are not fit for purpose

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Amidst stories of financial chicanery fit only for the Wolf of Wall Street, there has been a tidal wave of emotion as the country waves goodbye (and certainly not au revoir) to another much loved High Street name and a cornerstone of the British package holiday market.

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British Chamber of Commerce reveals number of businesses still not ready for Brexit

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The latest research from the British Chamber of Commerce shows that UK business are far from prepared for Brexit with as many as two-fifths (41%) having not undertaken a Brexit risk assessment.

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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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Upcoming tax changes put employment status in the spotlight again

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Employment status and IR35 has hit headlines again. The Government has confirmed that the IR35 tax regulations will be extended in April 2020. Changes to IR35 were made in the public sector in April 2017, and similar changes are now due to be introduced for medium and large businesses in the private sector.

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Can’t stand the heat? – What the law says about working in hot weather

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Matthew Hendra from our Employment team takes a look at the latest forecast and helps you understand what employers need to do to keep their employees safe.

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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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Who’s feeling Uber-active?

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With Uber on the brink of a historic IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, employment lawyer Nikita Sonecha asks if driver activism leading up to the offering or during the AGM is going to be a disruptive force for this vast, but relatively delicate company.

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Uber confident: is the transportation disruptor worth investing into?

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Uber’s looming initial public offering (IPO), scheduled for next week, has been making headlines for months, with speculation intensifying since its main rival in the US, Lyft, went public in March, raising $2.3 billion at the price of $72 per share.

Uber expects to put a final price on its shares on Thursday 9 May and to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange the next day.

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Use it or lose it? Not so simple when it comes to annual leave

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Just when we thought the law on holiday pay was settled, it has reared its head once again. The latest decisions by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) suggest that employers and HR professionals need to do more than put appropriate policies in place.

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