Publications

How do you attract and retain good employees and motivate them to take an interest in the business as if it were their own, all without excessive upfront cost? For many companies the answer, or at least part of it, lies in offering employees a ‘piece of the pie’; a stake in the company through an employee share scheme.

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A company has been recently fined £180,000 for failing to keep customers’ personal information secure. The fine illustrates, once again, the importance for businesses of being aware of their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.

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07 10 2014

Providing a reference

 

The key issues a business should consider before providing a reference for an employee or former employee.

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The First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) has held that two directors were not directly liable for income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) that their insolvent employer failed to pay to HMRC because the tax and NICs had been “deducted” for PAYE purposes.

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A recent Court case illustrates that it is not always in an employer’s best interests to immediately place an employee on garden leave, or seek injunctive relief against a departing employee when they leave to set up in competition.

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Although small businesses will not be subject to the pensions auto-enrolment requirements until June 2015 at the earliest, they should nevertheless take note of a recently published Pensions Regulator report.

The report highlights key points for employers to consider to ensure they comply with their auto-enrolment duties. It suggests that employers experiencing difficulties in meeting their auto-enrolment duties should contact the Regulator to discuss their situation. In addition, they should test their payroll systems well in advance of their staging date to ensure they are able to fulfil the auto-enrolment requirements.

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A recent Court of Appeal decision underlines how useful restrictive covenants in employment contracts can be in protecting an employer’s business. The court dismissed the appeal of a former employee and director who had been ordered to pay at least £50,000 in damages, following a breach of his post-termination restrictive covenants.

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What is the right?

  • From 6 April 2010 a new right for employees to request time off work for study or training will come into force. It will initially apply to businesses with 250 or more employees and will be extended to all employers, regardless of size, from April 2011.

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Two recent cases concerning the use of social media by employees highlight the importance for employers of having a clear policy on the use of such public forums by their employees.

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22 07 2011

Providing a reference

 

This Article sets out the key issues your business should consider before providing a reference for an employee or former employee.

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