Social Media is here to stay, whether it be the instantly disappearing messages from Snapchat to the more detailed blogs of Tumblr. Most employers will recognise that most of their staff now have some form of social media presence. Understanding how social media should be used at work and what businesses may need to have in place to ensure employees are not breaching any contractual obligations is crucial.
From May this year, under the newly implemented revisions to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, employers no longer have the right to insist on exclusivity from staff on zero hour contracts.
Employers stand to save millions of pounds following a change of legislation to wage arrears claims – which limits how far back employees can recover ‘unlawful deductions of wages’ – that came into effect on July 1st.
Posted on 14th July 2015 in Legal.
It’s common practice for companies to compare themselves to the market leader in their sector – but when it comes to telecoms companies it’s also seen as an opportunity to make some exaggerated marketing claims – claims that do not stand up to reality.
A key challenge for all small businesses with big ideas is how to match the scale of your ambition with the limited depth of your pockets – how can you make your resources and funds work harder?
If you want to sell your medical device or service to the NHS you need to know how to protect your work. Intellectual property (IP) law is complex, but an essential part of your product development and your business growth.
Posted on 9th July 2015 in Legal.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recently published a report following its call for information in February 2015 on the use of online reviews and endorsements.
Posted on 3rd July 2015 in Legal.
It seems today that nearly every business sector generates headline-grabbing fraud, bribery and corruption-related stories – one only needs to look at the allegations surrounding FIFA, or any one of the recent banking industry scandals.
Employers failing to adhere to new legislation banning exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts could in future face penalties and compensation claims from employees, in addition to being unable to enforce the exclusivity clause.
Posted on 29th June 2015 in Legal.
Regulations make it necessary to include certain types of information on product labels. In the EU, this includes the presence of ingredients on foodstuffs, precautions for using cosmetics and the avoidance of false claims.
The workforce is changing and we’re already a world away from where we were just a decade ago.
According to the CBI, just half of the UK’s working population now works in a “traditional” manner, with full-time hours and on an employer’s payroll. Additionally, workforces are becoming increasingly remote, the younger generation of workers has different needs and expectations and working in retirement has become an increasingly common practice.
Family businesses are often described as the lifeblood of the economy and indeed there are around three million family businesses in the UK with a combined turnover of £1.1 trillion (in 2010).
Posted on 18th June 2015 in Legal.