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Feb
21
Good Work
The Taylor review set out a range of proposals for reform of employment law including clarification of employment status with its aim of “good quality work for all”. With the Supreme Court hearing the Pimlico Plumbers’ appeal and with other status cases working their way through Tribunals, employment law has rarely had such focus.
Feb
19
Vertically challenging - Legal issues for roof top development
Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid, recently announced that the government will support new planning policy to make it easier to build upwards by extending existing blocks of flats, houses, shops and offices in urban locations. These changes are to be included in the revised draft National Planning Policy Framework which is due for consultation in early 2018.
Feb
19
The Kuwaiti Commercial Agencies Law No.13 of 2016 has come into effect – here is what you need to know
The Commercial Agencies Law No.13 of 2016 (“CAL”) has now come into effect and aims to arrange, clarify and clearly set out the formalities and requirements surrounding agency law in the State of Kuwait (“Kuwait”). CAL replaces the older CAL No.36 of 1964 which was criticised for causing foreign principles to be locked out of the Kuwaiti market due to the complex formalities in setting up and monitoring agency agreements in Kuwait. 
Feb
15
Harassment and HR in hospitality – Knowing the risks
As our employment partner Helen Goss writes in this month’s Caterer magazine, the employer may be vicariously liable for the harassment by employees in the course of their employment.
Feb
13
Should we expect more equal pay claims in the private sector?
In recent months however we have seen the divisive effect caused at the BBC by inequality of pay amongst their on-air staff. Now we see the onset of equal pay claims in the private sector, most notably the ongoing equal pay claim against Tesco, which is said to be worth up to an eye-watering £4 billion. If it was not before, equality of pay should now be firmly on the agenda for every HR leader and team.
Feb
12
CIL: Commencement Notices - A reminder to developers...
A recent decision by the Planning Inspectorate has found that the onus is on developers to ensure that a CIL Commencement Notice has been received by the Collecting Authority.
Feb
08
Trainee on secondment: Happy New Year from a Brussels secondee
The Christmas break and new year celebrations are far behind us now as we have officially entered February. January started off fairly quiet here in Brussels as we waited for the MEPs to return and for the Parliament and other institutions to re-open. However, it wasn’t long before activity picked up again and we saw the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council commence its term, continuing from Estonia. The Bulgarian Presidency is very much focused on ensuring that the motions put in place by the Estonian Presidency continue and it will be interesting to see how it progresses certain key dossiers such as the ePrivacy Regulation and the Transparency Register. 
Feb
08
What is the effect of illegality on an employment contract?
The worlds of immigration and employment law frequently touch upon each other, given an employer’s obligations under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to ensure that an employee has the right to work when they commence employment and not to employ persons who no longer have the right to work. The issue to be determined in Okedina v Chikale was the effect of subsequent illegality upon an employee’s right to bring claims against the employer. 
Feb
06
Mind the gender pay gap in hospitality
The issues behind gender pay gaps are increasingly coming into focus in the hospitality industry, both due to current events and as the count-down accelerates towards new requirements on analysing and reporting due to be introduced in April.
Feb
06
Boyes Turner's CIL victory saves self builder client nearly £80,000
Boyes Turner’s development & house building team have successfully challenged a decision by a local Authority to charge CIL on a barn conversion which had been undertaken as a self-build project by their clients.

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