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A recent select committee report on the hot topic of non-disclosure agreements could lead to employers who use settlement agreements having to pay all of the fees for an employee’s legal advice; board level executives having to sign off confidentiality clauses; and employees who sign settlement agreements being able to raise concerns about harassment and discrimination.So what does this mean for you? IntroductionSettlement agreements are a valuable tool for employers and employees alike. They allow…
When Andy Burnham, then MP for Leigh, proposed a statutory duty of candour back in 2017, he no doubt hoped progress might now have been made. His draft Bill, prompted by his involvement with the Hillsborough families, would require public authorities to admit responsibility following adverse incidents, even before court proceedings have been intimated. Put on hold following the snap General Election, the process has been reinvigorated by the tragedy at Grenfell and the drive…
Disputes in partnerships are not uncommon and they can occur for many reasons. Often, disputes of a more serious nature can be as a result of rising tensions that have been building up for years suddenly coming to a head. This may cause one partner to want to end the partnership, or for the other partners to want to expel them.  So, what can you do when sensitive, high-tension partnership disputes do arise? We set…
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently demonstrated that it will take a hard line on data breaches announcing on 8 and 9 July 2019 that it intends to fine British Airways  £183.39 million and Marriot International £99.2 million. Both fines relate to cyber incidents. In the British Airways incident the personal and financial details, including contact and payment card details, of approximately 500,000 customers were harvested. The ICO’s subsequent investigation found that information was…
What’s new This month we look at proposals for the extension of gender pay gap reporting, proposed changes to rules on modern slavery reporting, and the issue of discrimination against vegans. Read more > Case law review Holiday Pay – two important Appeal Court decisions We report on two recent decisions of the appeal courts in cases concerning holiday pay, neither of which will be welcomed by employers.  Read more > Failure to pay a…
“Pannone Corporate has published its inaugural Care Report, following a recent Freedom of Information request to the Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’). The purpose of the request was to understand the CQC’s use of its enforcement powers to date, and to identify if there were any developing trends. In summary, whilst the CQC is taking an increasing amount of enforcement action, its preference to date is to use civil, as opposed to criminal, sanctions. That being…
Employee surveillance via IT equipment such as webcam access and screen captures, phones, vehicle tracking and even CCTV is not uncommon in the modern workplace as employers take advantage of developing technologies to monitor employee activities and performance, but in doing so, are they breaching employees’ rights? Reasons for Covert Surveillance in the Workplace  There are a number of reasons why an employer may wish to track its employees. Productivity concerns, worries about theft, health…
Commercial fraud is a complex but increasingly common issue which often has extremely damaging consequences for the reputation and financial standing of businesses and individuals alike. Once discovered, it is vital to act swiftly in order to protect assets and maximise recovery.  Where you are facing allegations, it is equally important that urgent steps are taken to robustly defend those claims.   What is Commercial Fraud?  Commercial fraud is an umbrella term for a wide range…
FOOD LAW CASE UPDATE: ALLERGEN MANAGEMENT Mohammed Abdul Kuddus v The Queen [2019] Background Mr Kuddus was the sole director and owner of RS Takeaway Limited, a company that traded in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire and was known as “Royal Spice”.  He had bought the business in November 2015, from Harun Rashid, who in turn had owned it since December 2014. As at 30 December 2016, Messrs Kuddus and Rashid worked at Royal Spice together.  Mr Kuddus…
Litigation avoidance and resolution typically focus on disputes between businesses. However, litigation and disputes within companies, between their shareholders, can also arise in many ways and deserve some consideration before they do. Such disputes can escalate and have a devastating impact on the operation and success of a business. It is therefore important to plan ahead so that businesses and their shareholders are well-placed to prevent and resolve their disputes in ways which minimise their…