Some 2,200 graduate jobs went unfilled last summer due to students rejecting a previously accepted offer at the last minute – or even simply not turning up for their new job. This trend has been called gazumping.
Putting together a dress code that’s fair and reasonable in the eyes of the law can be a tough task. Even though most have only the best of intentions, many employers fall foul and end up in dispute with members of their workforce.
The events of 2016 created a great deal of uncertainty, so it’s important to focus on the things SMEs can do now to manage impending legislation and, ultimately, make life easier in the coming year.
The year 2016 saw numerous football clubs gain new entrepreneurial owners or majority stakeholders, and if you’re looking to get in on the action this year keep in mind employment legislation will continue to haunt you onto the pitch.
The recent case of two brothers who were convicted of trafficking people from Poland to work in the UK has highlighted the issue of ensuring a robust and transparent approach to addressing the issues that modern slavery presents.
Claire O’Brien, head of IP litigation at law firm Mills & Reeve, uses a recent high-profile case to discuss the best approach to take when you want to protect your brand.
Often, when deciding where to apply for IP protection, the most difficult challenge is knowing in which countries any new product or service is likely to be most successful. Here are a few IP considerations to take into account.
On 6 April 2017, a new set of insolvency rules will hit the UK. Many people reading this may think this will be of little significance to them, but that’s not the case.
Many businesses aren’t prepared for death, caught out when the unforeseen departure of a director or shareholder becomes reality. The resulting problems not only impact the company but also the deceased’s loved ones and their employees, both of whom can be left with unwanted issues to contend with.
Michael Conway, an associate and chartered trademark attorney at intellectual property firm Haseltine Lake, discusses recent high-profile cases of Western brands protecting trademarks in China – and what it means for UK businesses thinking of operating in the country.
Describing it as a classic “business banana skin”, Ed Reeves explains why British employment law has caused him to get a bit of a bee in his bonnet.
The recent case of Kelly v PGA European Tour highlights the challenges companies face when attempting to encourage senior employees to change their approach or step down.