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Published: 31st May 2017

  Author: Fudia Smartt Is it just us at Hine Legal who are suffering from political fatigue?  Over the last three years in the UK we have had a Scottish Referendum, a General Election in 2015 and the EU Referendum (Brexit) last June.  Therefore, when Theresa May called a snap General election on 18 April, […]

Published: 31st May 2017

Author: Jane Wheeler Background Significant changes in the political landscape provoke heated debate in the workplace.  Not only can this make for an unhappy working environment, but it can also trigger employment claims. Some of the themes to come out of the political debate (such as immigration) could trigger claims of discrimination and harassment because […]

Published: 31st May 2017

Guest article: A Matter of Trust – by Blaire Palmer Levels of trust in authority figures are at an all-time low. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer 2017, only 52% of people trust business, 43% trust the media and just 41% trust government. With an election fast approaching a big deciding factor for floating voters […]

Published: 28th April 2017

Author: Sadia Begum In light of the upcoming general election on 8 June 2017, parliament will be dissolving on 3 May 2017, after which no further legislation will be passed until after the election. Whilst essential government business will continue to be carried on during the 6 weeks of ‘purdah’ prior to the election, it […]

Published: 28th March 2017

Author: Sadia Begum 1 April 2017 National living wage for workers aged 25 and over will increase by 30p to £7.50 an hour. Institute of Apprenticeships will be established and it will be an offence to use the word ‘apprenticeship’ unless it describes statutory apprenticeships. Public sector gender pay gap reporting requirements are to be […]

Published: 24th March 2017

Author: Fudia Smartt Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put “eligible jobholders” into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called “automatic enrolment”. This was introduced on 1 October 2012 and is being phased in over a six year period. Consequently, by 2018 all employers will be required […]

Published: 24th March 2017

Author: Fudia Smartt IR35 and Public Sector contractors:  IR35 is a rule to stop the avoidance of tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) via the use of intermediaries (usually personal service companies).  Under the existing regime, it is for the worker’s intermediary (e.g. their personal service company) to determine whether the rules apply to them […]

Published: 24th March 2017

Author: Fudia Smartt The terms “agile working” and “flexible working” are often used interchangeably. However, according to the Financial Times, they do in fact have different meanings. Flexible working usually refers to working arrangements individuals have negotiated with their employers. For many, flexible working is viewed as being of more benefit to the employee than […]

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