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Covid-19 and commercial rent arrears disputes – the picture so far

Landlords of office premises can take some comfort from the first known arbitration under the lockdown regulations of the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022. The arbitrator decided that a tenant... Read full article

UK bank holiday – do employees have a right for time off on 19 September?

Next Monday, 19 September, has been declared a bank holiday in the UK for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. However, this does not mean that employees are automatically entitled to the time... Read full article

Can my employee refuse to return to the office?

With work from home guidance now lifted, and the pandemic seemingly in a more stable phase, an increasing number of employers understandably want to see their employees back in the office. However,... Read full article

Hands up – who has set up a company with model articles and one director?

If this was a real show of hands, it’s likely a fair few of the half a million new companies registered each year would admit to this.  You may, therefore, believe that choosing the Model Articles... Read full article

One in five employers planning redundancies this year, ACAS warns

A survey carried out by ACAS, an independent public body whose aim is to improve workplace relationships, has found that one in five employers are likely to carry out redundancies this year. For many... Read full article

Pregnancy and work – what you need to know as an employer

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination All employees who are pregnant, including casual workers or agency workers,  have protection from pregnancy discrimination from the first day of their... Read full article

Does my business need a hybrid working policy?

The pandemic has changed attitudes towards different ways of working.  These days, employees are demanding more flexibility and hybrid working is seen by many as a key benefit when deciding to... Read full article

Employment: Are non-compete, post termination restrictions enforceable?

It’s a common view that non-compete clauses, commonly used by employers to protect them if an employee leaves, are not worth the paper they are written on. However, if properly drafted and... Read full article

Break clauses and vacant possession – important Court of Appeal judgement

The tenant may have stripped out the property taking everything from ceiling tiles to smoke alarms but, says the Court of Appeal, it had validly exercised a break clause terminating the lease and the... Read full article

Further changes to right to work guidance – important information for employers

From tomorrow, 6 April 2022, a new system of online right to work checks will replace the temporary measures set up during the pandemic What does this mean for employers? From this date on, employers... Read full article

Understanding force majeure: Video

Richard Darbinian, Solicitor Associate in Wards’ Disputes team, looks at the meaning of force majeure provisions in contracts and examples in recent case law in this short, explanatory... Read full article

Why tenants must check their commercial lease is watertight – the drip, drip effect of leaky paperwork

It started with a blocked downpipe and ended with damage so extensive a commercial tenant’s ground floor tile shop was left unusable – yet the landlord was not liable for the downpipe’s repair... Read full article

Reforming Companies House – what will it mean?

Proposed changes to the way businesses are registered at Companies House aim to tackle, at long last, numerous loopholes that make the current system vulnerable to abuse. The government’s long... Read full article

End of self-isolation rules – how will these changes impact employers?

The Government has confirmed that from tomorrow, 24 February 2022, the requirement to self-isolate following a positive Covid test will end. Whilst this is the approach the Government has taken,... Read full article

Owed money by an insolvent company? Here’s what to do next.

As the number of companies entering into an insolvency process soars, the chances of your business being caught in the crossfire is now higher than ever before. The latest figures from the Insolvency... Read full article

‘Sexually predatory’ manager who won case for unfair dismissal not entitled to compensation

A senior manager fired for sexually harassing up to ten junior female colleagues has won his case for unfair dismissal because his employer did not follow the correct disciplinary procedures, a... Read full article

Can employers reduce sick pay for their unvaccinated staff?

As two major companies in the South West announce a cut in sick pay for unvaccinated workers, employers considering a similar move are being urged to tread carefully. Wessex Water, which employs more... Read full article

Commercial property and asbestos – what you need to know

If you are thinking of buying or renting a commercial property built before 2000, it’s still vital to check for the presence of asbestos and determine who is responsible for managing it. This is... Read full article

Sacking of employee who raised safety concerns during lockdown was unlawful, Tribunal finds

A great result for Wards’ Employment Team, on behalf of a client who was sacked after raising safety concerns about working during lockdown.  The Tribunal concluded that our client’s dismissal... Read full article

Winding-Up Petitions & Statutory Demands effective from 1 October 2021

Is your bad debtor list shielded by these updated restrictions? The Government has recently announced that restrictions on Statutory Demands and Winding-up Petitions under the Corporate Insolvency... Read full article
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