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  • Draft EU employment legislation state of play, September 2018

    Date:
    5 September 2018

    This article lists all significant items of employment-related draft EU legislation that are currently in the legislative pipeline, or due to be proposed in the near future. It also shows proposals that have been adopted in the past six months.

  • GDPR: Compliance cheat sheet for HR departments

    Date:
    4 September 2018

    HR can play an important part in ensuring compliance with the GDPR, helping to avoid thousands of pounds in fines for data breaches. Agata Nowakowska reminds employers of the day-to-day changes that need to be made, if they have not already done so.

  • 'Caste' not a protected characteristic: implications for employers

    Date:
    4 September 2018

    The Government recently issued its response to a consultation on whether caste should be considered a protected characteristic for employment law purposes. Charlotte Allery looks at the implications for employers.

  • Refusal to postpone disciplinary hearing because of unavailable companion led to unfair dismissal

    Date:
    3 September 2018

    Consultant editor Darren Newman looks at a recent decision highlighting the potential danger in proceeding with a disciplinary hearing where the employee's chosen companion is not available - even where the requested postponement falls outside the period allowed for under the statutory right to be accompanied.

  • When should we pay commission to employment agencies?

    Date:
    31 August 2018

    The Conduct of Employment Agencies & Business Regulations are still causing headaches, 15 years after they were introduced. Ally Tow from Boyes Turner looks at occasions where employers may unintentionally become liable to pay commission to agencies, and how to avoid them.

  • How does the GDPR apply to businesses outside the EU?

    Date:
    20 August 2018

    Organisations are still getting to grips with their obligations under the new General Data Protection Regulation. But if you operate outside the EU, that does not mean you're exempt from the new legislation, as Alice O'Donovan from McGuireWoods explains.

  • Five lesser known maternity rights women must be aware of

    Date:
    20 August 2018

    With statistics suggesting autumn is the most popular season to give birth, Beverley Sunderland clarifies some lesser known maternity rights that often get misinterpreted or overlooked.

  • How smartphones can land employers in the dock

    Date:
    15 August 2018

    Smartphones are encouraging employees to exceed the number of hours they are contracted to work, which in some cases could lead them into conflict with their employers.

  • Draft EU employment legislation state of play, August 2018

    Date:
    1 August 2018

    This article lists all significant items of employment-related draft EU legislation that are currently in the legislative pipeline, or due to be proposed in the near future. It also shows proposals that have been adopted in the past six months.

  • How employers can support the growing band of older workers

    Date:
    26 July 2018

    The Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has suggested gig economy firms should deduct tax from the earnings of self-employed workers in a system similar to PAYE.

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