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Corporate governance legislation update

The Government has clarified its proposals to change the way large companies are run at the top level. The Government plans to legislate so that all large companies (whether PLCs or not). Their proposed way of doing this is to… Read on

NAO issues modern slavery statement

Part of the role of the National Audit Office (NAO) is to hold the government to account with regards to its public spending. They have published a modern slavery statement, which exists in conjunction with The Modern Slavery Act 2015.… Read on

UN: 40 million victims of modern slavery

UN research, in conjunction with its associates, states that globally 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016. Research undertaken in 48 countries and interviews with over 70,000 people, discloses 25 million people in forced… Read on

Suspension and constructive dismissal

We report on a case where suspension during an investigation of a disciplinary hearing in fact amounted to constructive dismissal, even though the allegations were grave. Background The High Court has held that the suspension of a teacher amounted to… Read on

Live-in carers & minimum wage: FAQs

My role as a carer requires me to be present at work, but allows me to sleep if I have nothing to do. Am I entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for these hours? Recent case law has… Read on

Employees secure right to privacy for emails in work

On 5 September 2017, the Grand Chamber, which hears appeals from the European Court of Human Rights, confirmed that an employer’s access to its employees’ messages on the employer’s communications system without first obtaining the consent of its employee was… Read on

New Case on Burden of Proof in Discrimination Cases

Generally speaking, the burden of proof in civil proceedings is on the person who brings a claim in a dispute. So, for example, it is necessary for an employee bringing a claim in respect of an underpayment of wages to… Read on

Criminal sanction for forwarding CVs

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has criminalised and fined a recruitment agent for emailing the CVs of 26 job applicants to his new employer. This came to light when the recruitment agent’s former employer discovered that candidates were being submitted… Read on

Prison sentences and the Employment Tribunal

The recent High Court case of OCS Group Ltd v Dadi has provided an example of the serious consequences that can be faced where a party to legal proceedings acts in breach of orders of the court. In this particular… Read on

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