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Is your business protected against a data breach?

Kevin Nolan
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Many people rejoiced on May 25th thinking talk of GDPR was finally over. However, despite the EU’s regulation coming into force, many companies are still struggling to secure their data against an ever-growing range of threats. It’s...

Seasonal woes

Chloe Pereira
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You can spot patterns in most areas of life, and the world of work and employment issues are no different. Winter brings us ice, snow and travel chaos – can or can’t employees get to work? What happens if they don’t? What should company...

Why doing one fire risk assessment is not enough...

Stephen Gerring
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Regularly – that’s the term given to how often a fire risk assessment should be carried out, according to government guidelines.  However, it’s likely that many businesses will conduct an initial fire risk assessment and overlook...

GDPR: Consent is a key misconception

Kevin Nolan
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Kevin Nolan, Outset GDPR expert discusses key things businesses should be considering in preparation for GDPR.  We caught up with Outset GDPR expert, Kevin Nolan, and spoke with him about the key things businesses...

Do you have time? March 18 newsletter

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With April almost upon us, are you finding this year that you are plodding along, at a brisk pace or on a roller coaster? In this addition you'll find a quick test on time management, along with other news on past and future events that we hope you will...

Adverse weather/transport issues affecting ability to attend work

Darren Stevens
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With heavy snow expected this week, here’s an extract from our absence policy, if you don’t have a policy for your team on adverse weather. Where an employee is unable to get to work due to adverse weather and/or public or personal transport...

Watch: Youth unemployment and driving laws: Jonathan on business TV

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Jonathan was once again invited to discuss topical business issues with Kent Messenger Business Editor, Chris Price.  Watch the show here: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kmtv/video/chris-co-wednesday-18th-october-2017-8603/ ...

Employers can now be held Responsible for their Employees' Tax Evasion

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As of 30 September 2017 a new corporate offence was introduced which can result in employers facing liability if their employee is up to no good when it comes to tax. The offence is committed under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 if an employer fails to...

Dad wins sex discrimination case - shared parental pay

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Developments in the law of shared parental leave and pay in the case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd. The recent Employment Tribunal case of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd has brought to light an interesting development in...

Watch: Latest videos from our mental health event

Darren Stevens
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In early July 2017 we assembled an expert panel to discuss the implications of mental health in the workplace. This was an interesting topic for the audience, with a good level of questions and engagement.  We were delighted to have Sharon...

Gender Pay Gap: Are you boy or girl?

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The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”) are creating enough of a headache for employers without stating the obvious. Unhelpfully, the Regulations do not define the terms ‘male’ and...

Apprenticeship Levy - what you need to know

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The Apprenticeship Levy (the Levy) is here, and the Government hopes that this will create 3 million new apprentices by 2020. With its implementation there are a number of questions that are being posed by employers about the Levy. Firstly let’s...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting - are you ready?

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting – are you ready? If your organisation has 250 or more employees, then you will be affected by the requirements of gender pay gap reporting.  At Outset we have already taken steps to help make this easier for...

National Apprenticeship Week

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We know employers have a view on the value of apprentices in their businesses, and last year we ran a seminar that gave Outset clients an early insight into the changes happening in 2017, including the Apprenticeship Levy. This week (6-10 March) is...

Every cake has its day: The Final - Chloe's The Apprentice Blog

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The Apprentice 2016 – Week 12 – The Final Every Cake has its Day Here is the final The Apprentice blog for Series 12 from Chloe Harrold, senior employment lawyer at Outset 12 weeks later and its The Apprentice final: Courtney Vs Alana,...

The Interviews - Chloe's The Apprentice Blog Week 12

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Each week  Chloe Harrold , a senior employment lawyer with  Outset , scrutinises the BBC series The apprentice, pulling out the HR blunders for your entertainment and education. Chloe’s blog is published on ...

Gin-tastic: Chloe's Apprentice Blog week 10

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This week we saw Trishna and Grainne getting carried away tasting gins, getting increasingly merry, while Frances called them NINETEEN times to try to find out the ingredients to put on the label she was designing. In the end the deadline was...

Week 9 of Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - Virtual Reality

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Each week, Outset senior employment lawyer, Chloe Harrold, shares her observations and employment law insights in her blog published by The HR Director. It’s week 9 and the silliness continues. The teams are instructed to come up with a virtual...

An (Apprentice) Shark's Tale - Chloe's 'The Apprentice' blog week 8

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For the past 7 weeks Outset senior employment lawyer, Chloe Harrold, has been sharing her observations and employment law insights in her blog published by The HR Director.  Here’s the latest edition. Just when I thought it couldn’t get...

Apprentice event: Informing employers

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Outset welcomed a packed audience of clients and guests to our  ‘Who will you hire? Employment law observations of the Apprentice ’ breakfast event on the 24 th  November. Senior employment lawyer,  Chloe Harrold , was...

The Big 'K': a HR disaster in waiting? Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - week 7

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So, it took 7 weeks but it’s finally happened – The Big K, K-Man, Karthik Nagesan was shown the door, and in a shock pre-final boardroom exit! He was hanging on by a mono-thread and it finally snapped….. Karthik’s performance as PM...

Treasure Hunt - week 6 of Chloe's 'The Apprentice' blog

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Six week’s in for series 12 of the BBC’s The Apprentice, and Outset senior employment lawyer Chloe Harrold is holding tight not to spill the beans.. It’s the task where the lowest prices will see the candidates victorious. The teams...

Crowdfunding - On yer bike! Chloe's The Apprentice blog - Week 5

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Each week, Outset senior employment lawyer, Chloe Harrold, shares her observations and employment law insights in her blog published by The HR Director. This week was painful to watch as it went from one cringe moment to another. Spelling mistakes,...

Chloe's The Apprentice Blog (week 4) - Taking Libertys: Nobody puts Karthik in a corner

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Each week, Outset senior employment lawyer, Chloe Harrold, shares her observations and employment law insights in her blog by The HR Director. Grainne trod a thin line in employment law terms – pigeon-holing an employee based on a few examples...

More bitter than sweet in the boardroom - Chloe's blog week 3 - The Apprentice

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Each week Chloe Harrold (Senior Employment Lawyer at Outset) writes a blog scrutinising the BBC’s The Apprentice series for The HR Director, pulling out the HR blunders for your entertainment and education. Suck it and Sea  This week Lord Sugar...

Forever in blue jeans - The Apprentice - Chloe's blog week 2

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Chloe’s blog (published weekly on The HR Director) continues. Week 2 sees the candidates marketing a jean’s brand… Japanese Jeans The candidates start week 2 in über trendy East London and told they will be marketing jeans...

The Apprentice - Chloe's blog - series 12 / week1

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Out with the Old… Last year I wrote this blog as a light-hearted, alternative approach to examining HR and employment law issues. A few people were kind enough to read it, and even found it interesting, so here I am again. Each week I’ll...