Conducting ‘off the record’ conversations with employees

Frequently, employers and employees may get to a point where ‘the writing is on the wall’ and it often suits both sides to have a frank discussion over what it would take to amicably bring the relationship to an end. Section 111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 96) allows employers to hold off […]

ORJ secures £9,500 for whistleblower

ORJ secured damages of £9,500 for an employee who was subjected to detriment having made a protected disclosure contrary to Section 47B of the Employment Rights Act 1996. The Facts of the case were as follows: Our client resigned her employment with her employer, B Limited in March 2017 in order to take up a […]

Dismissing Short Serving Employees

Employees with less than 2 years’ service generally cannot bring a claim for unfair dismissal. Our director of employment law Andrew Lester has set out in this article what employers should bear in mind and how to go about dismissing short serving employees. Where an employee has less than 2 years’ service the employer does […]

Business Goodwill and Confidential Information

ORJ’s Strategy for protecting Business Goodwill and Confidential Information I am often instructed by clients in connection with concerns over employees misusing or misappropriating confidential information, customer data and client contact lists. As one Managing Director told me recently data was his company’s most important single asset. That business was a manufacturer turning over in […]

Share Buybacks and deferred consideration

How to structure a share buyback that is both affordable to the Company and allows favourable tax treatment for the seller. Why a share buyback? Share buybacks can be a great way for a company to return capital to its shareholders thereby increasing earnings per share. Alternatively and most usually they are a way of […]

GDPR COMPLIANCE

PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS/TOP TIPS FOR GDPR COMPLIANCE: With the deadline for GDPR compliance fast approaching, the beginning of 2018 marked for many businesses the start of a time-consuming process of dealing with their business’s data protection. There is plenty of information about, but much advice is convoluted and complex. Whilst we have been seeing PLC’s and […]

Contractual Implications for IT businesses of the GDPR

Why all IT businesses should be reviewing their contracts ahead of the May 2018 GDPR deadline. The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679) introduces a single framework of data protection compliance throughout the EU. The deadline for compliance is 25th May 2018. Almost all businesses will be affected by the GDPRs requirements in one […]

General Electric – Proposed Redundancies

Andrew Lester, Employment Law Director here at ORJ explains about the proposed redundancies at General Electric in Stafford, and how the process works in this scenario. General Electric announced in December 2017 that it will be slashing 1,100 jobs across its UK operations, mainly in Stafford and Rugby (with up to 500 jobs going at […]

Employment Contracts – FAQs

When it comes to Employment Law, our Specialist Andrew Lester is usually asked these 11 questions by Employers to ensure they’re covering all the bases in Employment Contracts. Here are his responses: 1. Do I have to give all employees a contract? Employers are only legally required to give every employee a Section 1 written statement of […]

If you’re selling your business, how long can you count on Entrepreneur’s Relief?

If you’re at the stage where you’re considering selling your business as part of your exit strategy, how long can you count on Entrepreneur’s Relief being available? ORJ’s corporate and commercial law specialist, Lorraine Smith, responds to a question a number of clients have asked, given the current political uncertainty. It has been government policy […]