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Nov
27
Permanent health insurance and dismissing absentee employees
A recent case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal has emphasised the care that an employer should take when considering the potential dismissal of employees absent on the grounds of long-term ill health where they have the benefit of a permanent health insurance scheme.
Nov
26
Are you an SME client of Royal Bank of Scotland?
Are you an SME client of RBS with a turnover of less than £20m (and who is not in arrears nor considered in financial difficulty)? The Government was forced to recapitalise RBS to the tune of over £45 billion in 2008. The EU imposed a number of measures on RBS designed to prevent distortions in the marketplace as a result of this state assisted support.
Nov
26
Amazon Go, the consumer experience and the future of automation
Following Amazon's announcement of their grocery retail concept ‘Amazon Go’ last year they have now allegedly appointed UK agents to seek up to 200 UK sites from which to launch. We ask what exactly IS Amazon Go and what impact will it have on the consumer experience?
Nov
26
Why a Shareholders’ Agreement is so essential for technology start-ups
Last year saw a surge in the number of technology start-ups being formed in the UK according to a recent report of data provided by Companies House by the accountancy firm, RSM. Early stage investment into a new tech business to support its first steps is of course key to a businesses success. Whilst funding should undoubtedly be the initial focus of the stakeholders involved in any new venture, early consideration of how decisions shall be made at board level and how the relationship between shareholders will operate going forwards should also be a key focus.
Nov
26
But is it Art? Copyright, Auction and AI
Last month the artwork entitled Portrait of Edmond Belamy sold for $432,500 at Christie’s New York auction house. More remarkable than the fact the piece fetched a price more than 40 times its $10,000 estimate, however, is its origin. The portrait is not of human making...
Nov
23
The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration
The UK and EU negotiators have now published the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration of the Future Relationship of the UK with the EU. The former will be an international treaty which needs to be approved by both sides in advance of exit on the 29 March to avoid a so-called “no deal Brexit”. That document includes a provision for a 21 month transition period, agreement on the divorce bill (i.e. the payment that the UK is making to the EU), commitments on the rights of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, amongst other things.
Nov
20
The importance of the gender pay gap when recruiting and retaining talent
A recent poll carried out for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has shown that individuals take into consideration an employer’s gender pay gap (GPG) when considering it as a potential future employer or deciding whether they should remain with the business.
Nov
19
New homes and short-term lettings
The emergence of a market for web-based lettings for short-term visitors, such as Airbnb, has introduced implications for housebuilders looking to sell new homes.
Nov
14
Brexit - EU Settlement Pilot Scheme Statistics published
The UK Government has published the results of its first pilot of the EU Settlement Scheme, the scheme for registering EU citizens who are already in the UK when we leave the European Union on 29 March 2019.
Nov
13
New disclosure pilot given the go-ahead to begin on 1 January 2019
New disclosure rules, which are being introduced in direct response to widespread criticism of the current disclosure process, will be piloted for a two year period from the beginning of next year.

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