Expert advice eases employment law headaches
Employment prospects for small and medium-sized (SMEs) construction businesses are continuing to deteriorate, according to a new survey from a leading industry body.
The government has now dropped its proposal to enable micro businesses – which employ less than 10 people – to make compensated no-fault dismissals.
As part of its consultation on reforming the design rights framework, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is proposing the introduction of criminal sanctions for infringements.
Following a call for evidence, the government has launched a consultation on reducing the length of the consultation process for large scale redundancies.
TUPE regulations and service providers
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations do not apply when the provider of business services changes at the same time as their recipient.
Debt enforcement and litigation
With the latest figures from the Insolvency Service showing a significant rise in business insolvencies for the first quarter of 2012, there will be a knock on effect for the creditors of affected companies.
Excessive charges set to be banned
A consultation will be launched this summer regarding the charges that businesses can apply when customers buy products or services using credit or debit cards.
From 1st July, businesses will be able to apply to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to challenge the land use restrictions that limit competition with any of the UK’s seven largest grocery retailers.
Following the decision to increase the number of generic “top-level domains” that are available globally (such as .com, .net and .org), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has received 1930 applications. Consequently, when the domains that pass the evaluation process go live next year, familiar address endings could be joined by .bbc, .bank, .cloud or even .fashion.
The government is asking employers for their view on plans to scrap legislation that makes bosses liable for harassment of their employees by customers or clients.