Employment and business law bulletin - January 2018

Small business commissioner up and running

Small businesses across the county will be glad to know that the government has launched the much anticipated Small Business Commissioner (SBC) complaints scheme. The aim of the scheme is to provide small businesses with an additional means of holding larger businesses to account on outstanding debts. 
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Likely future ICO fees

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has announced the 3 tier system that is likely to be used to determine the amount of the fee payable to the ICO from April 2018. This is still subject to change and will require parliamentary approval. Find out more.
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Legal changes for SMEs in 2018

It’s a new year with exciting challenges that lie ahead for small and medium size businesses. You’ve probably set some goals on a personal level and for your business. To assist with your planning for the year ahead, LHS has created two videos to explain the employment law and general legal changes, expected in 2018.

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Victory for employers using facilities management services

A recent landmark test case filed by a Union with Central Arbitration Committee which related primarily to whether outsourced workers employed by a facilities management service company had a right to be included in collective bargaining over pay and conditions directly with the end user was rejected by the Committee. Employers and organisations that use facilities management companies are most likely relieved by this decision as a ruling in favour of the Union would undoubtedly have resulted in “chaotic workplace relationships”. 

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Risks involved in monitoring and surveillance of employers

Striking the right balance between the privacy rights of staff suspected of wrong doing and your right as an employer to protect your business interests and property is a difficult task. Given the prevalence of judgments upholding employee complaints regarding the violation of their right to “private life” whilst at work, employers should be very careful about taking any steps to undertake covert monitoring/surveillance. Read the full article.
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Can I allow my worker to take their 20 minutes rest break in segments?

In the recent case of, Crawford v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd the Employment Appeal held that a worker should receive rest breaks or compensatory rest of at least 20 minutes in duration, which are unbroken and not segmented in any way. 

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