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Even Highly Offensive Workplace Banter May Not Amount to HarassmentApril 7, 2019

Irreverent and foul-mouthed banter is commonplace in some working environments and does not necessarily amount to harassment or victimisation. An Employment Tribunal (ET) made that...

Online Selling – What About the VAT?April 4, 2019

It is often optimistically considered that trading on eBay and similar online sales platforms is effectively outside the tax system. That, of course, is not...

Doing an Important Business Deal? Make Sure You Get it in Writing!April 1, 2019

The existence of oral agreements is easily asserted but very hard to prove, and that is one good reason why important deals should be in...

Look Before You Leap With Trade NamesMarch 27, 2019

The first Intellectual Property Enterprise Court case heard outside London took place recently, when the court sat in Birmingham at the request of both parties...

Trading in the Winter Period – A Cautionary Note for LandlordsMarch 21, 2019

Weak economic growth and increasing competition is still wreaking havoc in the High Street and the quarter that starts in January is often make or...

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Consumer Rights Update

Businesses that deal with members of the public are reminded that the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which received the Royal Assent on 26 March, becomes...

Contractors Are Your Responsibility

A handbook produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlines the responsibilities of both the contractor and the client in situations in which work is...

Dealing with Employee Absence

Employee absences can be both costly and disruptive. It is advisable to have systems in place to measure and analyse these costs so that you can...

Disputes in the EU – Rules on Applicable Law

Where a dispute has a foreign element, one of the common problems is deciding under what jurisdiction legal action should be taken. This is avoided...

Drug Policy – Recognising the Signs and What to Do

Substance abuse amongst staff can affect all areas of employment, whether it be a decrease in productivity, increased absenteeism or the increased likelihood of accidents...