Two new reports show that many employers continue to struggle to recruit and retain Black employees

Two new reports show that many employers continue to struggle to recruit and retain Black employees. That’s the headline. What it should probably read is: Racist employers are not doing enough to recruit and not be racist to black employees. …

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Don’t bury onerous terms deep into the small print of commercial contracts – they’re unlikely to be enforceable

Burying a £225 cancellation charge in the small print of a contract was not effective… here’s why and what you should do with your T&Cs and contracts.

Changes to Food Labelling Requirements following “Natasha’s Law” Coming in October 2021 – 8 out of 10 Businesses Not Ready – Are You Ready?

New laws come into effect in October 2021 80% of businesses say they are under prepared for the changes (Link) Follows from the death of Natasha Ednan-Laporouse who died after eating in Pret This blog post has been written and …

Making Flexible Working the Default – UK Government Consult on Future of Flexible Working for Employees

A few months ago, I wrote a piece about whether we’d be looking at more permanent working from home situations. At the time, I refer to the Government’s intention to consult on the area. The government has now published a …

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Don’t give your employees shares in your business without doing these things first.

Giving shares to employees has long been a recognised way of incentivising key workers, particularly management and c-suite employees, and there are a number of options available to a company. It is, however, fraught with issues. Gifting shares to employees …

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Mandatory Vaccines in the workplace – is it a breach of human rights? Can I require my employees to have the vaccine – updated September 2021

The European Court of Human RIghts has ruled that mandatory vaccination in the Czech Republic did infringe human rights, but that it was legitimate and proportionate because of the desire to protect the wider population from disease.

We look at the case and how it might affect covid vaccinations in the UK.

What will happen to the shares in my business when I die? What is a cross-option agreement and why do I need business protection insurance?

When a shareholder in a business dies, his or her shares will automatically pass to their estate – either under a Will or, if there is no will, under the rules of intestacy as described below. Many Companies will have …

Scarlett Johansson aka Black Widow sues Marvel/Disney for substantial sums over latest film release- what’s the legal position?

According to a number of outlets (but here’s a BBC Link) Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for breach of contract after it streamed the film Black Widow on its Disney+ service at the same time as its cinema release. The …

What is a disclosure letter when dealing with a business sale or acquisition? What are warranties?

The disclosure letter is a key document in any acquisition of the shares in, or the business and assets of, a private limited company. The letter is prepared by the seller in the transaction and includes general and specific disclosures regarding the seller’s warranties in the …

Members Voluntary Liquidation / Solvent Liquidations – some tips from Smart Business Recovery

If you are looking to retire and exit from your business, then the best solution is to sell your business. For many smaller SMEs this may not be possible and so the next best option is to wind down your …