Feature articles

Combatting racism in the workplace

Every once in a while, a difficult and complex area of law is crystallised by the circumstances of a high-profile case. The most recent example of this being the matter of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, whose mismanagement of historical allegations of racism made by cricketer Azeem Rafiq, have since been the subject of a thorough […]

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Planning for utilities on your development

The successful installation of utilities plays a critical role in the success of all new build developments, but it’s a matter that is often not given the gravitas it deserves during the planning stages. The assumption that such services will be readily available is a common error, but it could be a costly mistake for […]

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Facing up to whistleblowing in the workplace

Whilst business owners may feel wronged if an employee takes it upon themselves to leak their concerns about an employer’s activities, whistleblowing is very often a good indication that something is not quite right in the workplace. But do most businesses actually know what is meant by the term whistleblowing? And what is the correct […]

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How can business owners better manage work-related stress?

Managing the mental wellbeing of employees is a matter of growing concern for many business owners, as the stress of the last 18 months has taken its toll on the workforce. The number of working days lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety has steadily increased since 2017, rising to 5 per cent in the latest Health […]

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Menopause at work – are women legally protected?

People suffering from chronic illness or disability in the workplace are generally safeguarded under UK employment law, but what about those going through the menopause which can have an equally as detrimental impact on its sufferers? In recent years we have seen some menopause tribunal cases and employers becoming aware of their legal obligations to […]

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Companies should work with the SFO to stamp out corruption

It has recently been revealed that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) may be investigating the communications giant O2 on the basis of potential breaches to the Bribery Act 2010. Reports in the media reveal that former executives offered kickbacks to customers which suggests that this investigation may well reveal long-standing dark corners of corruption within […]

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Agreeing a suitable break clause during a period of widespread flexible working

The commercial real estate landscape is currently undergoing a transformation as the UK establishes a new normal in the post-pandemic era.   The impact of previous lockdowns has been well-documented, with widespread remote working becoming increasingly popular due to strict social distancing guidelines. With the culture of flexible working now likely to continue, there will […]

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Brexit and pandemic present business owners with perfect selling opportunities

In the post-COVID world, many proprietors are seeking to diversify, whilst some are looking to sell their business to overseas investors that are keen to capitalise on the UK’s departure from the EU. Whatever the reason for wanting to move on, the process of actually making a sale is a lot more difficult than it […]

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Myth-busting fire and rehire employment practices

The “fire and rehire” tactic is increasingly being used by employers to bring about changes to contracts of employment where employees disagree with the proposed alterations. In practice, it involves employers dismissing employees (with contractual notice), and then offering them new employment on revised terms. Though certainly controversial, it isn’t illegal, provided it is handled […]

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Businesses must expect more flexible working requests

Despite the Government’s decision to postpone the lifting of Covid-related restrictions until July 2021, organisations are still eager to restore normality by allowing employees to return to the workplace in some capacity. With businesses looking to get back to full productivity, the expectation that many employees will put forward flexible working requests is concerning given […]

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