Legal Updates

Health and Safety Help! - Health and safety sentencing guidelines


The new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences were set to increase fines.

Speed and performance warranties: how long is a ‘good weather period’?


Was it wrong in law to exclude periods of good weather which lasted less than 24 hours when determining whether a vessel had failed to comply with good weather speed and performance warranties?

STOP PRESS: Gender Pay Gap Reporting


The Government has today (12 February 2016) published its long-awaited response to the consultation, Closing the Gender Pay Gap, issued in July 2015.

Significant changes to UK company law – how to get prepared


The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the Act) which passed into law on 26 March 2015 makes some material changes to UK company law which will impact on companies of all sizes.

Employment Law Update - Quick Fire January 2016


Zero-hours workers, the ACAS report and financial penalties for employers are covered in this month's quick fire update.

Immigration Update - January 2016


In this month's update we cover the MAC report, new forms and guidance, increases to application fees and right to rent.

Employment Law Update - Reading private internet messages


The European Court of Human Rights has considered whether an employer could lawfully read an employee’s private correspondence sent during working hours.

Employment Law Update - Length of service and indirect discrimination


The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that pay progression based on length of service did not indirectly discriminate against Muslim chaplains.

Employment Law Update - Was an instruction not to speak Russian at work race discrimination?


The EAT considered whether an employer’s instruction to a Russian employee not to speak her native language at work amounted to race discrimination.

Employment Law Update - Withdrawal of job offer after verbal reference


The Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided that the withdrawal of a job offer after a verbal reference amounted to discrimination arising from disability.

Development land and farming families


Many farming families own land that carries development potential either now or in the future.

SDLT consultation: new 3% additional charge


The Government has launched a consultation into the operation of a new additional 3% stamp duty land tax (SDLT) charge. Read our short article and take part in our survey.

Revised transport regulatory guidance: an overview


Statutory document 6, relating to vocational driver conduct, was subject to a formal public consultation and has also been updated. The revisions have been published and took effect on 1 January 2016.

Stop press: Recovery of public sector exit payments


The Government has published draft Regulations to implement the powers included in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 for the recovery of termination payments paid to high earning public sector employees.

Your organisation and the Modern Slavery Act 2015


Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into force on 29 October 2015. This article examines which organisations are affected and what steps needs to be taken.

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