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Changing the Employment Tribunal rules – will it ease the backlog?

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Today’s changes are aimed at making the Employment Tribunal system more flexible and streamlined in the face of what is shaping up to be a significant test of its functionality over the next few years. There are, however, some inevitable concerns. Our employment experts analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the new rules.

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Extended support for adult social care

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The Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund (“Fund”) was set up in May 2020 to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of Covid-19 transmissions  – particularly relating to reducing the need for movement of staff between different sites.

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What does the last quarter of 2020 hold for retailers? Some signs of hope perhaps?

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It’s the September quarter day and an important day for retailers as, for many, the next quarter’s rent will be due to their landlords. However, as the Government recently extended its moratorium on the recovery of commercial rents until the end of the year landlords may not have high hopes of being paid today.

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Essential care sector update on National Minimum Wage compliance

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A flurry of recent court rulings on compliance with the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”) highlight the complexity of this area of law and the need for care providers to check their pay arrangements are compliant.

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What the ‘Winter Economy Plan’ might mean for your business

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Contributing authors: Zoe Pettigrew

Yesterday (24 September) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak (the Chancellor), announced, as part of the Government’s so-called “Winter Economy Plan”, further support for businesses. As the UK goes back into a state of winter lockdown there had been calls from businesses, and their representative bodies, for the Government to extend and provide additional support.

The Government has replied to these calls and we consider these changes and what they mean for your business.

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The FCA’s business insurance test case: key takeaways from the judgment and next steps for businesses

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Contributing authors: Tom Llewellyn

Business interruption insurance test case

The High Court has delivered its ruling in the highly anticipated business interruption insurance (BII) test case. The FCA brought proceedings on behalf of policyholders, along with two action groups, in which the Court considered whether a sample of BII policies provided cover for losses arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Business interruption insurance test case: welcome news for policyholders

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Judgment has today (15 September) been handed down in the much publicised business interruption insurance (BII) case which considered whether various BII policies provided cover in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Protect your confidential information and IP when employees leave

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Businesses face difficult decisions over the coming months as furlough comes to an end and the reality of the new order starts to become clear. For businesses this might involve redundancies or employees moving on as the job market reopens. Either way, there is likely to be movement within the jobs market. Employers therefore need to be aware of the increased risks that leavers pose in terms of confidential information and intellectual property whilst employees continue to work from home.

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Corporate Governance update: new ICSA guidance on directors’ duties.

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The Chartered Governance Institute (“ICSA”) has recently published new guidance on directors’ general duties under the Companies Act 2006 (“Act”). ICSA provides guidance for governance professionals across all sectors and whilst aspects of this new guidance applies to publicly owned, listed companies, many of the recommendations have practical application for privately owned companies and their directors should take note.

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End of Brexit transition period – what now for medicines and medical devices?

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With the end of the Brexit transition period fast approaching it is becoming more and more urgent for businesses in the medical sector to prepare for the transition period coming to an end. It is a sector, where many of the rules stem from EU regulation, which makes it even more important for businesses to prepare.

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Landlords: yet more new changes to affect your possession claims

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The ban on evictions due to the impact of Covid-19 has been extended for another four weeks.

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Apple v. Fortnite – a pandora’s loot box for online marketplaces?

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The last few weeks have been eventful for America’s biggest tech firm, Apple. Whilst CEO Tim Cook’s been forced to testify to the US Congress in a steadily building antitrust case, as well as facing one in the EU, the company saw its value double to $2tn over the last two years.

Yet despite all of this, the story that has really got people talking involves a computer game, 350 million players, and an app store.

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