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Care homes: Why strong risk management and…

When it comes to securing bank funding, businesses not only have to demonstrate loan security, but also the ability to service the loan over the long term. With those in…

How do new consumer contract rules impact…

Businesses need to be aware of a number of recent changes to the law that will impact on the terms and conditions or ‘contracts’ they have in place with the…

Clampdown on zero hours contracts: What you…

Employers will no longer be able to force employers on zero hours contracts to sign exclusivity clauses under plans announced this week by business secretary Vince Cable. The ban on…

Can I carry out tooth-whitening if I’m…

The ever-growing demand for cosmetic dental procedures has made treatments such as tooth-whitening a lucrative new revenue stream for dentists and dental surgeries. Such is the relative simplicity of administering…

An employer’s guide to dealing with World…

Do I have to give staff time off to watch the World Cup? This is a question we always get asked around the time of major sporting events. There seems…

Why can my business no longer reclaim…

New rules aimed at encouraging long-term sick employees to return to the workplace have come into force in the UK. Changes to legislation, which came into effect from April 6…

Dealing with Early Conciliation in employment claims

Changes to the way UK employment claims are dealt came into force today (May 6) with prospective claimants now being required to submit an ‘Early Conciliation Form’ to ACAS before…

Staffing for the upturn: How to avoid…

A recurring theme in many of my conversations with clients over recent months has been the dearth of new talent available to their organisation. With the economy in recovery mode,…

What are the new NMC whistleblower guidelines?

The new head of the NHS in England has met with a group of patient safety campaigners to discuss what needs to happen next to change the NHS culture into…

New employment tribunal rules come into force

New rules aimed at reducing the number of employment tribunals have come into force and could see employers facing fines of up to £5,000. Changes to the law, which came…

How do I know what my business…

There are several different ways to work out what your business is worth and it is important to remember from the outset that valuation is often more of an art…

What will revalidation mean for nurses and…

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recently announced plans to regulate nurses and midwives using a new process known as revalidation. Under the revalidation plans, nurses and midwives will have…

Do I need a partnership agreement for…

While GPs are doctors first and foremost, for those in a partnership practice they are also business people. It is important, therefore, that those in partnership set up their business…

Changes to guidance on dangerous substances in…

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced changes that will make is easier for employers to understand how to protect their workers from dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres. The…

How can I pursue a debt owed…

It’s not unusual if you are owed money by a company for it to enter some form of insolvency process, but this doesn’t mean that all is lost. Subject to…

What should be in my executive employment…

Problem: I’m in negotiations with a potential new employer about a senior executive position. What should I ask to be included in my employment contract and should I have a…

‘Don’t rush in’ call over owner-employee status

Businesses are being warned not to rush into new ‘owner-employee’ contracts that allow staff to give up some of their employment rights for shares in the business. The new owner-employee…

Summary of changes to employment law

On 29 July 2013, a number of changes to employment law came into effect. These include the introduction of fees in employment tribunals, a cap on compensation for unfair dismissal…

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