How can an employer avoid unfairly dismissing an employee or employees?

In order to avoid unfairly dismissing an employee or employees, the employers reason(s) for the dismissal must be fair, for instance: a reason relating to the employee’s capability or qualification for performing work of the kind s/he was employed to do a reason relating to the conduct of the employee the employee is made redundant[…]

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When should workers start to receive a new National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate?

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates are re-assessed annually, and currently any changes take effect from 1 October each year. A new National Living Wage (NLW) was introduced on 1 April 2016 for eligible workers aged 25 and over. This will also be reassessed annually, and any changes will take effect from 1 April each[…]


Do I have to give every employee an employment contract?

You don’t ‘give’ an employee a contract — a contract will exist, whether you like it or not, as soon as someone accepts your job offer. You are, however, legally required to give every employee a written statement covering specified terms and conditions, within two months of the employment beginning. If you fail to provide[…]

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Someone working for one of our sub-contractors now wants copies of all the information we have in which his name appears. Do we have to provide it?

Probably not, but consider taking legal advice. In a case in this area, the Court of Appeal decided the fact that someone’s name appears in a document does not in itself make it ‘personal data’. It will only be ‘personal data’ where its inclusion in the document affects the named individual’s privacy. In deciding whether[…]

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What is the right set-up for my business ?

SOLE TRADER Becoming a sole trader is the simplest form of business set-up requiring very little formal structure. All you need to do is keep records and register as self-employed for tax purposes. PARTNERSHIP A formal partnership means you are going into business with another person and creating a separate legal entity that you both[…]