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Upcoming employment legal developments in April 2020

Clare Gilroy-Scott
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There is a lot going on in the world of employment law in April 2020. Below is a summary of some of the main upcoming developments so that you don’t get caught out. Statement of terms One of the biggest changes coming into force on 6 April 2020 is...

The IR35 Rules are changing in April 2020 - what you should be doing now if you engage off-payroll workers

Clare Gilroy-Scott
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The IR35 tax rules are changing in respect of individuals who provide their services to medium and large private sector businesses through their own personal service company (PSC) or LLP.  Similar rules are already in place in the public sector....

Do employees have a right to privacy in relation to WhatsApp messages (regardless of how offensive the content)?

Emily Kearsey
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Discovering that employees have made unacceptable comments on social media can be a particularly thorny issue to deal with. This problem has been well publicised recently; remember broadcaster Danny Baker, Emmerdale star Shila Iqbal, and Rugby Union...

Grandparents' role in modern day society

Charlotte Coyle
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A grandparent’s role in modern day society can come in all different forms: paternal grandparents, step-grandparents, grandparents who fulfil the role of a full time carer and grandparents who have no contact at all with their grandchildren. ...

Limitation periods: what they are, why they matter and how to avoid their unpleasant consequences

Nigel Adams
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Limitation periods arise out of a group of statutory rules (the Limitation Act 1980) which create deadlines for various types of claim to be brought at Court.  The applicable time limits vary as between different types of claim, but the purpose behind...

Limitation periods: what they are, why they matter and how to avoid their unpleasant consequences

Nigel Adams
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Limitation periods arise out of a group of statutory rules (the Limitation Act 1980) which create deadlines for various types of claim to be brought at Court.  The applicable time limits vary as between different types of claim, but the purpose behind...

Employee Ownership Trusts: an alternative to a company exit

Richard Pull
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There is growing interest among company owners in considering a sale to an employee ownership trust (EOT) in order to realise value locked up in the business, whilst retaining overall ownership in a trust on behalf of all employees. In order to encourage...

Social media in the workplace - Katee Dias has provided her employment law tips in a 2 minute video

Katee Dias
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"As an employment lawyer I am seeing more enquiries from clients in regards to social media related issues, in particular from employers who are considering dismissing an individual for social media misuse. My new two minute video explains the...

Are you ready? Regulatory reform continues in the Private Rented Sector

Lauren Fitzpatrick
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Landlords in the private rented sector have seen a raft of regulatory changes following the introduction of the Deregulation Act 2015.  Many landlords have adapted to those changes already but the regulatory landscape continues to evolve. This...

Tree Preservation Orders - ignore them at your peril

Dominic Whelan
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This article first appeared in Estates Gazette , 6  July 2019. Who would think that pruning a tree could trigger a claim under the Proceeds of Crime Act? Certainly not the homeowner in Canford Cliffs, near Poole in Dorset who was...

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