Business Shapers


  • The employment landscape has never been so good for entrepreneurs

    There is a myth that should be dispelled. Despite many commentators and business owners believing the contrary, it’s relatively easy to hire and fire employees in Britain. This myth gained particular currency prior to recent legislative changes but still persists. Since 6 April 2012, employees must have been employed by a company for two years… Read more

  • Women on boards: the latest

    Time is running out to achieve Lord Davies’ target for 25% female representation on FTSE 100 Boards by 2015.  Vince Cable has urged leading UK companies to try harder with their voluntary efforts, and fast, or risk facing European-imposed mandatory quotas. So how far off Lord Davies’ target are we? Actually, not far at all…. Read more

  • Managing poor performance

    A manager’s guide to handling poor performance One of the biggest challenges for most employers is handling underperforming staff.  Tolerating poor performance not only means that the business is (over) paying for work and potentially failing to deliver what its customers and clients expect, it also has an impact on the morale of the employees… Read more

  • The Financial Reporting Council’s new rules explained

    The Financial Reporting Council (“FRC”) is responsible for developing the Corporate Governance Rules for the 1,300 largest companies in the UK.  Executive remuneration has been a hot topic for many years, most particularly in the banking sector, but the FRC’s proposed new rules mark a decisive attempt to move executive remuneration in the plc sector… Read more

  • An employer’s guide to dealing with cyber bullying

    Whilst it is difficult to measure the frequency of cyber bullying in the workplace, there is no reason to believe it is any less prevalent than conventional bullying. In 2012, a study conducted by the University of Sheffield and the University of Nottingham (“Punched from the Screen”) found that up to 80% of respondents had… Read more

  • What does the Queen’s Speech mean for zero-hours contracts in retail?

    On 4 June 2014, the Queen’s Speech delivered a number of assurances in the employment arena, including a review of the use of zero hour contracts by businesses. The Government has recently entered into a period of consultation on the use of zero hour contracts and while the Queen’s Speech lacked real detail on the… Read more

  • Recent High Court case makes team moves more difficult

    Most recruitment companies understand the importance of enforceable restrictive covenants and confidentiality obligations. Without them, recruitment businesses risk key business relationships (and revenues) walking out the door with departing employees. The problem is all the more acute when employees take colleagues with them. Team moves, however, are different. They tend to be instigated by a… Read more

  • Do you want the good news or the bad news?

    Employers need to be aware of some changes to the collective consultation rules that have been made in the last few months. Some of the changes are beneficial to employers; one is not. The statutory obligation to collectively consult is triggered when an employer is proposing to dismiss 20 or more employees at one establishment… Read more

  • Employment Alert: Rights for Shares

    The amended employee shareholder provisions of the Growth & Infrastructure Bill have been approved, following a number of concessions on the part of the Government to answer concerns raised by the House of Lords. The Bill has received Royal Assent, and is now called the Growth & Infrastructure Act 2013. The new employee shareholder status… Read more